Sunday, July 01, 2012

Sunday Salon: June Reading Reflections and Anticipating July

June was another good reading month for me. I wish I could identify what it is that I am doing differently than I was at this time last year to make it so that I am both blogging and reading more, but I can't.

 Here is what I read in June. In brackets I have included the relevant challenges that the books worked for:

Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis  4/5 (Hist Fic Challenge)

Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller 4/5

Merle's Kitchen by Merle Parrish 4.5/5 (Aust Women Writers/Aussie Authors)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 4/5

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 4.5/5

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith 3.5/5

Farewell to Lancashire by Anna Jacobs 4/5 (Hist Fic Challenge, Aust Women Writers, Aussie Authors)

The Last Boyfriend  by Nora Roberts 3/5

Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham 4/5 (Once Upon a Time VI)

Destiny by Carly Phillips 4/5

Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey 4/5

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore  4/5 (Once Upon a Time VI)

At Last by Jill Shalvis 4/5

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis 4/5

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt 4/5

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du  Maurier 4.5/5 (Hist Fic Challenge)

Until I Die by Amy Plum 4/5

The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots by Loretta Hill 4.5/5 (Aust Women Writers/Aussie Authors)

My Hundred Lovers by Susan Johnson 4.5/5 (Aust Women Writers/Aussie Authors)

Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice by Nam Le 4/5 (Aussie Authors)

Letty's Christmas by Alison Lloyd 3.5/5 (Hist Fic Challenge, Aus Women Writers/Aussie Author/What's in a Name)

Six Women of Letters by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire 4/5 (Aust Women Writers/Aussie Authors)

The Witness by Nora Roberts 4.5

Equal of the Sun b y Anita Amirezzvani 3.5/5 (Hist Fic Challenge)

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox 4.5/5

There are a number of things happening in July that I am a bit excited about!.

Firstly, if you are in Melbourne and you are a Terry Pratchett fan, Dymocks Collins Street is hosting a Pratchette Palooza for the whole month of July. There are contests and events and so much more! to find out all the details head to the Pratchett Palooza page on Facebook!

Also for Melburnians, Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer are coming to Melbourne in July.  More specifically they are coming to a venue that is approximately 7 minutes from where I live and which is right next door to my local library branch.  You can find out all the details here.

There are a number of blogging evens that I am participating in too.

Following on from the success of the My Hundred Lovers readalong during June, it has been agreed that there should be a readalong for the recent Miles Franklin award winner All That I Am by Anna Funder. It is being hosted by Stephen Ormsby and anyone who wants to join in is very welcome!

July 1 also is the start date for Paris in July which is being hosted again this year by Karen from Bookbath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea. I have a few books on the pile which will be perfect for posting about, and I am even contemplating a couple of excursions! This is my third year of participating and I really enjoy it every year!

Last but not least, Lisa from ANZLitlovers is hosting Indigenous Literature Week starting from July 1.  This event will celebrate indigenous authors and is coinciding with NAIDOC week. My plan is to read That Deadman Dance but I haven't started it yet.

I am already tired just looking at all of this! I guess I should go and read so that I have some chance of getting it all done! Actually, I have a feeling I have forgotten something that I also meant to mention.

Currently Reading

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley, White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Reading Next

That Deadman's Dance by Kim Scott and Passing Love by Jacqueline E Luckett


  1. Oh my gosh, you read so many books, Marg! what a fabulous reading month you had.

    Some very interesting events coming up too for you. Thanks for sharing them :-) It's fun to hear what other countries are doing to celebrate books.

    1. There is a lot of really fun stuff on!

  2. Hi, Welcome to Paris in July. It's great to have you join the event again... how many years is it now? I'm so looking forward to all the new things I will learn from you and other participants. There's so many possibilities for posts and reviews. I'll pop back from time to time and see whats inspiring you.

    1. I think it is the third year it is running. Whatever it is I am pretty sure I have been participating since the beginning.

  3. That's an impressive month Marg and some really highly rated reads! I hope July is as good for you!

  4. I'd love to find out what your secret to reading so many books is. I've been on holiday for a fortnight and if I'm lucky, will only have read five books!
    Must put my copy of All That I Am in plain view so I can start reading for the Readalong.

    1. Not being on holidays would be one step! I don't read anything when I am off work!

  5. Enjoyed your list of reads as well as activities coming up. How on earth do you keep track of it all!! I'm very impressed. :-)

  6. Holy cow you read a lot of books in June! Sounds like you are also going to have a great July.

  7. Wow, Marg!! I am jealous of your June. I haven't really had a month like this all year... Happy reading in July!

  8. I'd be interested in reading what you thought of Slow Summer Kisses, we both gave it the same rating. Well done on so much reading!

  9. Big reading month for you Marg, well done!
    I see you read and enjoyed Farewell to Lancashire by Anna Jacobs, do you think you'll read the rest of the series?

    Attachments is still on my TBR shelf, i'm looking forward to this read as soon as i have the chance to get to it.



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