June wasnâ€™t a hugely prolific reading month for me, but 9 books isnâ€™t bad!
- #66 â€“ I Smile Back (Amy Koppelman)
- #65 â€“ Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Carrie Vaughn)
- #64 â€“ High Noon (Nora Roberts)
- #63 â€“ Bad Things (Michael Marshall)
- #62 â€“ Doomed Queens (Kris Waldherr)
- #61 â€“ City of Thieves (David Benioff)
- #60 â€“ Breathers (S.G. Browne)
- #59 â€“ The Secret Life of Prince Charming (Deb Caletti)
- #58 â€“ April & Oliver (Tess Callahan)
Out of these, Iâ€™d say my favorite was City of Thieves, though April & Oliver and Kitty and the Midnight Hour were also stars. Doomed Queens was fun, and I expected more from Bad Things. I Smile Back probably appeals only to a narrow audience.
Iâ€™ve got three main reads on the go right now. I went to the library last week, and the last borrowed book I have left to read is Do Not Deny Me by Jean Thompson, a collection of short stories. I donâ€™t read short stories very often, so this is a change-up for me. On my phone Iâ€™m reading Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I tend to put guilty pleasure reads on my phone. The audiobook Iâ€™m listening to is the new Stephanie Plum book, Finger Lickinâ€™ Fifteen. Itâ€™s pretty great so far, and Iâ€™m a little over halfway through. Lots of Ranger (rowr).
Iâ€™ve been trying to do some clean-up around the blog now that weâ€™re halfway through the year… mostly closing out finished challenges. I still have a few of those posts to write, hopefully soon enough to be posted next week. Cuz weâ€™re going on vacation! Nothing fancy, just a day at Niagara Falls, and then 4 days in Maine with my family. Itâ€™s my grandparentsâ€™ 50th wedding anniversary, so thereâ€™s going to be a big party. Other than that, weâ€™ll probably hang out with family and play golf. Thereâ€™s going to be a lot of time on the road, so I expect Iâ€™ll get some reading done, plus at least one audiobook. I doubt Iâ€™ll be posting much, if at all, because I expect my internet access to be spotty at best. Iâ€™m just hoping to have cell coverage!
Speaking of â€œclean-upâ€, Iâ€™ve taken on a new project. Iâ€™m not sure about its chances of success. Several years ago, before things like Shelfari, GoodReads, and LibraryThing came along, I built my own online book database application. My purpose was not only to inventory everything I had, but to keep track of what Iâ€™ve read.
Since then, Iâ€™ve started using Shelfari, GoodReads, and LibraryThing, and my little database is starting to seem redundant. I also havenâ€™t been very good about removing things that I no longer own, since I now swap a lot of stuff when I finish it. So the whole thing is somewhat out of date. On top of that, right now I have it built so that I can put in an ISBN number and it will pull a lot of the pertinent information about the book out of Amazon for me. I think that function is about to break, because Amazon is changing their system in August. Iâ€™m not sure I understand it enough to fix what Iâ€™ve got.
SO. My main goal is to get everything into LibraryThing, into its proper collection. To do that, I need to go through all my shelves again and make sure the things I own are listed and the things I donâ€™t are not (or at least are listed as read but unowned). As Iâ€™m doing this, Iâ€™m going to try to weed down my ridiculous TBR list by pulling out books that Iâ€™m not excited about reading anymore.
I started this yesterday, and have been wandering around my living room and bedroom with a clipboard, which I find rather amusing. So far, Iâ€™ve pulled out 10 books that I either have on audio and prefer to listen to rather than read or just donâ€™t care about anymore. Only 600 to go!
I hope youâ€™ve all enjoyed your weekend!