June 2016 - Monthly Wrap-Up

June 2016

I can't believe that I only read 4 books and listened to 3 audiobooks this month.  I am a bit ashamed even though I know that I still read more books in this month than most adults read in a year.  These are serious slacker numbers for me.  I am trying hard to only pick up books that really sound amazing because nothing slows down my reading quite like a book that doesn't really do anything for me.  I didn't really care too much for 2 of the audiobooks that I listened to this month but otherwise I had a really good group of books this month.  To be fair to myself, I did almost finish another book, The Wolf Road, but the file disappeared off of my tablet as I was reading with only 20 pages or so left to read.  I am still a little mad about that one to tell you the truth. 

Books Read 

Audiobooks Completed 

Reviews Posted

Blogger Thoughts
      • I feel like I didn't post nearly as much as I should have during the month of June but now that I have counted my posts, I really did ok in the end.  I didn't have a post everyday but 24 out of 30 days is still a respectable number.
      • I was the absolute worst at commenting during the month of June.  I am determined to do better in July. 
      • I am still way behind with my reading.  I went from being ahead on my Goodreads challenge for the first few months of the year to being 5 books behind.  I always feel like a loser now when I log into Goodreads just to see that I am even more behind. 
        Outside of the Blog
            • My youngest daughter kept us busy with band once again.  She spent a week in a low brass class in our area.  The class lasted from 9 until 3 which was challenging since I work full time.  Sometimes juggling transportation is absolutely exhausting.  She also spent a week at Indiana University's Summer Music Clinic.  Getting her from the St. Louis area to Bloomington, Indiana and then home again the next weekend was a bit exhausting.  She learned a lot and had fun so that is what is important.
            • My oldest daughter finally returned from Hawaii.  I was a little afraid that she would decide to stay there permanently so it is a bit of a relief to know that she is back in the area.  She says that she would like to eventually go there to stay.  Heck, I just want to visit someday :)
            • I had hopes that June would be my month to catch up especially since my husband and I had a whole week with no kids in the house this month.  I ended up getting a migraine at the beginning of the week that stuck around and really slowed down any computer work or reading.  
            • I have fallen in love with my BBQ grill.  I mean it is the best thing ever in my opinion right now.  I have served more BBQ this summer than in the past 5 years combined.  Throw in an ear of corn and slice of watermelon and it just feels like summer to me.   
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                How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for July?


                1. I was also really busy in June. I didn’t write many blog posts and only read 5 books. It sucks when real life gets in the way of books. I hope July goes better for both of us.

                  Aj @ Read All The Things!

                  1. Real life sometimes doesn't leave time for anything else. That migraine that I had really took away a lot of reading time as well.

                2. I think you did pretty good this month all things considered. Grrr, I hate it when a book does a disappearing act like that.
                  Yum, we BBQ a few times a week during the summer months so I don't have to heat up the house, but it takes so good, too.
                  With Malice looks really good to me.
                  Have a good July!

                  1. I am finding it is so much easier to just sit outside with the dogs and a book and BBQ my meal. Yummy!

                3. I just picked up a copy of The Invisible Library and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it! I also have to add: low brass forever! :)

                  1. I really liked The Invisible Library! It was a great book. Low brass is pretty awesome in my book :)

                4. My target blog posts for the month is usually 15-20, so 24 is awesome, I think. I got caught up with my challenge in June, so I'm sure you'll do fine.

                  I hope your July will be great, Carole!

                  1. It is just so stressful when I notice that I am behind. Thanks, Joy!

                5. At least you listened to three audio books on top of the four books you read. I only read four books in June. :-( Like you said though, it's still pretty good when you look at the reading stats of the average adult in the U.S.

                  Oh no! To lose a book so close to the end! I would hate that. I was sorry to hear about your migraine too. :-( I had big plans for my couple days off but my daughter ended up getting sick and so those plans went out the window.

                  I've been hearing good things about A Promise of Fire. I hope you enjoy it!

                  Here's to a better July!

                  1. I was so mad when the book disappeared. I am still a little mad about it. :)

                    I can't wait to start A Promise of Fire. Hopefully very soon!

                6. 7 books is a great month!! I would be really mad about losing a book off my tablet with 20 pages left. I do not blame your daughter for wanting to go back and stay in Hawaii. It is so beautiful there. Grilling is the best in the summer!!! Have a great July!

                  1. I have had months that I read 18 so it seems slow to me. The publicist is sending me a copy of the book so I should be able to finish it soon but it still bothers me.


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