Thursday, July 01, 2010

June 2010 Wrap Up

What happened to June?? It went by so quickly! I didn't get as much reading done as I wanted to (sighs), but I did get some projects done around the house (smiles).

What I read this month:
Like the Flowing River, Stories 1998-2005 by Paul Coelho
Lord of Emperors (Book Two of the Sarantine Mosaic) by Guy Gavriel Kay
Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
Soulless by Gail Carriger

What I started reading in June that will carry over into July:
Elfland by Freda Warrington

Bits of interest:
Freda Warrington is apparently known in the UK, but is just now making it to the US. I'm not sure how I stumbled on this fantasy title, but I'm glad I did. You can check out this title at the publisher here. It is worth a look just to see the gorgeous cover art by Kinuko Y. Craft. Check out her artwork here. I'm hoping to stumble upon a bookmark with her artwork on it some day.

Elfland by Freda Warrington

I still need to write a review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier which I read for Nymeth's 1930s Mini-Challenge. This challenge ends July 18th, so I've got a couple of weeks. At least the book is read!

I have yet to read a book for the Women Unbound Challenge hosted by Aarti, Care, and Eva. This challenge ends November 30th, so I haven't run out of time to complete this one either. You can see my list of potential reads here. Have you read any that are on my list?

I hope to do a better job in the second half of the year with writing and posting reviews for the books I read. It would be a bit more social of me if I'd actually share my thoughts with you!

Update to post:
After I posted and this lovely bit went out to your readers, I realized that I didn't mention the Japanese Literature Challenge hosted by Bellezza. I've committed to reading one book before January 30, 2011. Yes, I can do this! I didn't create a list this year, but will probably read Real World by Natsuo Kirino. Of course, I could pull something from last years reading list.


  1. I was totally enthralled by Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera! I've read Persepolis, too. You have some TERRIFIC books to choose from for the Women Unbound Challenge. I want to read many of those, too. Looking forward to your reviews as you read these. :)

  2. Persepolis is wonderful; Herrera's bio of Frida Kahlo is terrific. I'm a big fan of several of the other books on your list. And Gertrude Bell is still on my pile, too! We will have to compare notes!
    (I don't know what happened to June, either. sigh.)

  3. Care & ds: Thanks! I kinda like my list too. I've been getting sidetracked by all kinds of other reading though and need to pick something off this list and read it. I'm leaning toward the Gertrude Bell book since I have it and have wanted to read it for so long.

  4. I quite enjoyed Like the Flowing River. :)