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June 2010: it’s wrap

June is a good reading month. 9 books, 2,365 pages. Most geographical diverse reading month of all, spanning 4 continents. 2 non-fiction books, 2 more books on re-telling of myth. It is also a month I read authors with a rare last name which begins with a Q and a X.

My favourite book of the month is The Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick, which kept me laughing and entertaining all the way. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith was a pleasant surprise, Grenville’s The Secret River helped me learn a lot more about Australian early history.

  1. Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (Ethopia, Africa)
  2. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith (Re-telling of myth)
  3.  Miss Chopstick, Xinran (China)
  4. The Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick (Humour)
  5. The Secret River, Kate Grenville (Australia)
  6. The Complete Book of Mothers-in-law, Luisa Dillner (non-fiction)
  7. Ransom, David Malouf (Re-telling of myth)
  8. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (Peru)
  9. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran (non-fiction)

Most disappointing is Black Mamba Boy, also some other books which I have returned to the library and not mentioned anywhere in my blog. Ransom and Bel Canto came next. Books that I honestly wanted to love, but can’t.

It’s a also a wrap for 2 of the reading challenges that I participated, The Global Reading Challenge and China Challenge. I don’t think I will double up my reading around the globes for Global Reading Challenge, for the simple fact that I like to get on with other challenges that I have signed up.

What have you read this month? Which are your favourite book? I hope you had a good reading month too! 🙂

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


7 thoughts on “June 2010: it’s wrap

  1. Looks like a good month! You’ve been doing great with the global reading goal!

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | July 3, 2010, 3:42 am
    • @Jill, thanks. Appreciate your support!
      @Jessica, don’t be too hard on yourself.. you are working full time! I’m trying to gradually psyche myself up that reading too many books is not necessarily a good thing! 😉

      Posted by JoV | July 3, 2010, 10:32 pm
  2. I had an enjoyable reading month but didn’t actually read many books. I got a bit bogged down reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini, it was a veeeery long book and I was enjoying it so much I wanted to savour it 🙂

    You didn’t half have a good reading month 9 books is very impressive. From your list The Secret River by Kate Grenville is one I’d really like to read.

    For this new month I’m thinking of reading some short novels/novellas get down my TBR stack!

    Posted by jessicabookworm | July 3, 2010, 10:43 am
  3. Congrats! Seems like June was a great reading month all around 🙂 So amazing that you also finished two challenges, wow!

    My reading month was great too, and I loved nearly all the books I read.

    Hope July will be another great reading month! 🙂

    Posted by Bina | July 3, 2010, 2:47 pm
    • Thanks Bina. I think your reading month is greater because you loved nearly all the books you read! 😉
      I sure hope July is another great reading month for you too! 8)

      Posted by JoV | July 3, 2010, 10:34 pm
  4. Congratulations on finishing two challenges in one month! I’ve only finished one for the whole year so far.

    Posted by bernadetteinoz | July 4, 2010, 9:03 am

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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