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June Reading Wrap Up

on July 2, 2020

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 8
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 1/19
Kindle Books: 9
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): The Year The Maps Changed by Danielle Binks, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen narrated by Rosamund Pike
Least Favourite Books: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 9

In a lot of ways, June mirrored May for reading. In both months, I read 20 books – 17 fiction and 3 non-fiction. Almost half the books I read for the month were eBooks and for the first time, I also listened to an audiobook – actually, two audiobooks! One day I logged into Audible for something and I noticed that I had 6 credits that’d probably been sitting there for ages. So I ended up getting the audiobook of Pride & Prejudice which I had chosen for a read-a-long event and also Obernewytn by Isobelle Carmody, which is the first book from a series that has been one of my favourites for over 20 years. The audio of P&P was amazing – I enjoyed it hugely. Rosamund Pike does an excellent job narrating and conveying the humour that is rife within the story. She does fantastic versions of several voices and even though she’s in the 2005 adaptation as Jane, I actually got a lot of 1995 BBC version vibes from her reading, particularly around the voices of Elizabeth and Mr. Collins. For me, the BBC version is the superior, particularly in the casting of Elizabeth and Darcy. The second audiobook was read by the author and I’m not experienced enough with audiobooks to know if this is a good thing or a bad thing in general but I do know that Isobelle Carmody did a fantastic job narrating Obernewtyn. The good thing about the author themselves narrating, particularly a fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic novel is that they know exactly how everything should be pronounced, how every individual character’s accent and way of speaking should be enunciated. I very much enjoyed listening to this favourite and Carmody reads all her books on audio so I’m definitely going to move on to The Farseekers, book 2 in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. The first Obernewtyn book is quite slim, Elspeth is around 14 and I think it probably straddles that upper middle grade/lower young adult and so it only came in at 6hr, 44m. By the time I get to the last in the series, that book will be over 40hrs to listen to as they increase exponentially in size with each volume. I know now that for me to to really enjoy an audiobook, it actually has to be a book I’ve already read! Otherwise I just zone in and out too much.

In June, I finished my ARC pile and got to everything on my TBR pile for the month except for one book – Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I just found that I wasn’t quite in the mood for it. So I’ve got it sitting on my desk until I feel like cracking it open. I still am really keen to read it but I know it’ll be like Wolf Hall in that it will require quite a bit of focus and I’ve found that I just don’t have that at present.

In terms of life outside reading – well. It’s been a bit up and down! My kids went back to school for 3 weeks, none of which was a full week! They’re on winter break now which I’m sort of relieved about given that cases of coronavirus have been steadily rising here in Victoria. Yesterday we registered the fourth highest total since it began and for the first time, there was a case that has resulted in a school in my local council area having to be deep cleaned. It’s not the school my children go to and it’s a couple km away but things have been getting a bit more complex since the government relaxed restrictions, allowed children to go back to school and things to start opening up again. It’s clear that there are a lot of people who haven’t taken things seriously – big family gatherings, going out when they’ve been feeling unwell or even awaiting test results. I know in terms of the world we are still really low in cases and much higher testing numbers are always going to result in higher numbers of confirmed cases. But given we are going into winter and a lot of indication seems to be it thrives in winter, we obviously all still need to be very cautious and continue to practice social distancing and avoid large groups. Given that it’s holidays here, it’s going to be quite easy for us to revert back to “isolation mode” and it things continue to worsen here, it’s likely that the schools might close again. Given my husband is definitely high risk and soon needs to have an operation, I wouldn’t be upset if that happened.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 42/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 12/26

Now my TBR this month is going to be a bit different – I’ve actually got 2. One is the ARCs I’ve been sent for this month that I want to read, the other is some books I’ve chosen to read for personal development/education/understanding etc. Obviously last month the #blacklivesmatter movement exploded after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, which sparked massive protests around the globe, including here in Australia. It’s given a lot of people the motivation to think about things from a different perspective and for me personally, the chance to address the fact that I know I have more work to do in terms of the number of books I read by authors of colour. At the moment, it’s around 10%. I made quite a lot of purchases in June (me and the rest of the world it seems, because a lot of the books I ordered went out of stock and have quite long wait times). So far I’ve received 2, there are 2 more on the way to me and 3 that are still pending, awaiting new deliveries of those books. Some should be arriving this week to be mailed out but one won’t arrive until mid/late July. Most of what I ordered was non-fiction, but I did also grab a couple fiction titles as well. I probably made twice the amount of book purchases in June that I’ve made for the whole year! I also had a book sitting waiting for pick up at my local library (which is still not open) but they’ve implemented a delivery service and dropped it off to my house, which I thought was awesome! And it’s about the last female Aboriginal in Tasmania, so fits in with my goal this month to read more books by and about people of colour. Hopefully in each monthly TBR I can dedicate space to some of those books – the fact that books will be arriving over the next couple of months probably, will definitely help with that. July also incorporates NAIDOC (National Aborigines And Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week however this year it has been moved to the 8-15th November, due to coronavirus and the fact that it has severely limited the types of observances that can be held during such an event.

So here are the ARCs I was sent

And also, the other books I’ve chosen:

The top one is a book I’ve owned for many years, the middle 2 are the recent purchases that have arrived and the bottom one is the library book they delivered.

This is a pretty ambitious TBR, bigger than ones I’ve constructed for myself in recent months and I’m aware that it might be too ambitious, particularly as the ARCs are all of a pretty solid size and there’s not much scope here for the lighter books I’ve been chasing lately. But these piles combined make up about half the books I read in a month, so that does give me some room to balance them out with some others from the library or ones that I’ve had stashed on my iPad for years. I will be reading a NetGalley book or 2 as well hopefully as I try to lower the amount of titles I still have that are unreviewed.

This turned into a really long post! I hope you all had a lovely reading month for June. What will you be reading in July?

3 responses to “June Reading Wrap Up

  1. Marg says:

    I started Goldminers Sister today and I like the sound of Finding Eadie.

  2. curlygeek04 says:

    Like you, I’ve been trying to read more diversely and I’m reading more about race issues. Have you read The Things She’s Seen? I loved that one, by a brother and sister from Western Australia.

    • No, I haven’t although Ambelin Kwaymullina is well known to me. I actually haven’t read any of her books, she’s one I’ve been meaning to read for a while, so going to have to make it more of a priority

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