June 2011 Wrap-up

June was a very good month for books, for really good books.


  • I read 8 books, with a total of 1988 pages, that is 66.26 pages/day. Not too bad compare to my previous months.
  • I listened to 2 audiobooks, with a total of 35:24 hours, that is 1:17 hour/day, which is my best this year!

6 books were fiction, and 4  were non-fiction, I am happy for this balance. I always try to have both kinds going on at the same time.

The fiction titles read this past month were:

My favorite fiction book this month was:
tough choice

Fiction titles listened to:

My favorite fiction audiobook:
I can’t do choose, both were so excellent!

And the non-fiction titles read :

My favorite non-fiction
now without hesitation:

Blog wise, June was my most exciting month ever, with several events:

Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen @ Devourer of Books. She posted a question every day, and I managed to participate every day.
She organized some giveaways and I won my first audiobooks:
The Greater Journey by McCullough (Simon & Schuster) and One Summer, by Baldacci (Hachette Audio).
Through Jen, I got to discover the Audiobook Community, which I joined, as well as the Audiobook Jukebox, where I link my audiobook reviews – 2 great places to discover more audiobooks!

-Devourer of Books, you guessed it, she’s one of my favorite book bloggers, organizes also this summer some Cool Down With Agatha Christie Readalongs. I got a free book, Endless Night (HarperCollins), to participate in the Readalong on June 27. It was fun, answering questions and comparing with other bloggers  who had read the same book, though I would have liked more participants. It is not too late to participate, there are 2 more coming, one in late July, one in August, click on the link to sign up.

-One day, I also received a message from Coffee House Press, proposing to send me a book of my choice in their Fall catalogue for review! And I didn’t even know about that publisher! I chose Leaving the Attocha Station, by Ben Lerner. I will post it late August or early September.

-And Amy @ Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours just asked me if I would like to post a review along the tour on Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, by Rosanne Lortz. This will happen here on Oct 13.

-I also discovered there was a Friday meme very close to my “Good Books for your week-end.” It is called Friday Finds. So now I link my Friday post to this meme.

-Jen also introduced another good meme, called Sound Bites, where you can link your audiobook reviews of the week.

– I finally took time to enter in Goodreads all the books I read since 2001 at least. I have more and more Goodreads friends, and I enjoy discovering what they think about this or that book.

What about my Reading Challenges?

Thanks to Cutting for Stone, I completed my 3rd Reading Challenge for 2011:

What’s in a name –     COMPLETED!
6 books
Hosted by http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/
– Number: The Crying Of Lot 49, by T. Pynchon
– Movement: The Spy Who came in from the cold, by J. Le Carré
– Life Stage: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, by W. Mosley
– Gem: Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese
– Size: The Great Railway Bazaar, by P. Theroux
– Evil: Strong As Death, by S. Newman

I have reached the Fascinated level for this one and will work on  next level:

2011 Audio Book Challenge
Fascinated: 6 Audio books.
Hosted by http://teresasreadingcorner.blogspot.com/p/2011-audio-book-challenge.html
1. The Canterbury Tales , by Chaucer +
2. The Invisible Man, by HG Wells +
3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant +
4. Atlantic, by Simon Winchester +
5. Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese +
6. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett +

I have read already 17 titles counting for My Dewey Decimal Challenge. The highest level is Master level: 4, so I guess I already reached it 4 times
Hosted by http://www.theintrovertedreader.com/2011/01/my-dewey-decimal-challenge.html

And I already reached 14 titles for the 2011 Non-Fiction Challenge. 7-9 books from different categories  being the Future Jeopardy Champion, I have reached it twice already, and we still have 6 months ahead of us!
Hosted by http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/2011/01/2011-non-fiction-challenge.html

I joined 2 other Reading Challenges this month:

Japanese Literature Challenge
Read one book from June 1, 2011 until January 30, 2012. If you want to read more than one, wonderful. Hosted by Dolce Bellezza.
I have not read anything yet for that, but I plan to read a few Murakami, and can’t wait for his 1Q84 planned to come out next October.
I would love to read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa for this challenge.

I also plan to do this one:
Art of the Novella Reading Challenge
Fascinated — Read 3 novellas, during the month of August 2011
Hosted by MelvilleHouse Publishing. So far I only read in June The Dead, by James Joyce, and I have about already forgotten what it was about, so I am not sure I’ll pursue this experience. We’ll see.

I’m feeling really tempted by the Europa Challenge…

And now to the 2nd half of the year, I really hope to reach my 100 books this year.