Apparently, the trend for 2019 will just be all the months flying by, and me, chasing my tail.
I know I say so every month, but I have no idea where all the June days have gone. I’ve finally gotten caught up from my May vacation and subsequent back-up of reading and blogging. However, my gears have shifted to getting ahead of the game, so I’ve been doubling down on all I can. Unfortunately, this has often been a lot of planning, and not a lot of writing… yet.
In the grand scheme of things, I’m working on tweaking more things on the blog- if you notice any changes, don’t be alarmed. There’s just so much I want to do and cover here, and I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to create user-friendly experiences and quality content. Guys- I want to do all I can for you so that you feel like you’re getting what you came here for. If you have suggestions, comments, concerns, ANYTHING you’d like me to tweak or work on for this blog, HOLLA HERE. Or, drop me a note in the comments section. I will do what I can!
Now, onto the book reviews! I had a really bad reading slump this month that I struggled to get out of, so this month there were less reviews than normal because three of these novels were DNFs*.
- The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman
- The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
- Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
- Live by Night by Denis Lehane
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver*
- Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben*
- Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier*
- Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew
- Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
- Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
- The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
To try and make up for the lack of reviews, I posted two thought pieces this month- one being on reading slumps and the other about audiobook apps. I also shared a book tag that really wasn’t about books, lol, but about my two best feline reading buddies, Junior and Millie.
I also hauled quite a few books this month, some of which I’ve read, and some of which are on my Goodreads “want to read” shelf. I was trying not to blow money on books this month, but that flew out the window this weekend while on my book store tour of Cinci! I went to the Cincinnati Friends Used Book Store at the Warehouse, a magical wonderland of library discard castoffs and private donations of books. After a tour with Marketing Manager Jennifer, I couldn’t stop myself from browsing their amazingly organized stacks and coming home with way more than I could carry in my arms, haha. But, it goes to supporting the libraries and literacy within the city, and the books are super budget friendly (I got 12 books for $36, and most were 2018 releases!) So I want to say a huge thank you to Jennifer and all the awesome volunteers at the Warehouse for the wonderful experience- I’ll be back!!
Last but not least, this month I held a one of the biggest giveaways I’ve done yet! The giveaway included a way cute beach (or book!) tote, three summer reads, a pair of Jessica Simpson sunglasses, and a fun “Feeling Nauti” coffee mug! The lucky winner of over 120 entries was…. *DRUMROLL*…. Randi of @readsrandiread!