Thursday, July 4, 2019

June in Review

My Reading

# of books read: 23
Can you tell my vacation has started?

Best(s):(In which I tell you all my five star reads and make up categories so they each win something) Titles all link to Goodreads.

Best anthology about teens with a range of physical and mental disabilities: Unbroken
Best fantasy series starter set in a non-European-type locale: An Ember in the Ashes
Best coming of age/coming out story set in Portland nearly 20 years ago: Juliet Takes a Breath
Best angsty memoir in verse form: Shout
Best angsty memoir not in verse form: Brave Face
Best adorable middle grade novel: Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Best literary novel disguised as sci fi: Station Eleven

And while these do not ALL feature LGBQT+ characters and authors, and while I did not make a special point to read such books during Pride month, over half of these best books are queer and proud, so three cheers for June reading. 

Bookish Events and Happenings a lot of books?

On the Blog

Not a busy month here either. I only posted five times.

***OOOOOH! I had [what I think is] as awesome idea for my birthday giveaway this month, and it's getting NO LOVE. So go check out the launching post, and come back each week this month for the follow-ups!***


School got out a bit on the early side this year, and I got out even earlier because--get this--I had federal jury duty the last week of school. So I got to take the light rail downtown for four days.  There were some great views from the rooftop of the courthouse! 

Summer solstice is kind of special to my family because a) my older sisters' birthday is June 21st and b) Midsummer is a HUGE holiday in the Baltic states, where I lived for five years and where my kids are from. So the first picture is me at one of my sister's bonfire party on the 21st, and the next picture is The Winemaker on June 23rd, celebrated as John's Day in the Baltics, so manly men wear oak wreaths on that day. 

My teenager ice skates every chance she gets. The rink is way across town, so instead of driving back and forth, I usually stay in the area, either at coffee shops or book stores. This latte art is not nearly as impressive as the DRAGON a barista made my husband at the same place, but I don't have that picture. The books are from B&N, so I remember what to look for at the library. I guess that's tacky? At least I'm not skulking the aisles to figure out what to buy from Amazon.

The last weekend of the month, my husband and oldest group of friends surprised me with a weekend at a home on Mt. Hood. It was the best.

So yeah, June was pretty great, and I'm looking forward to July and August too! I hope you are as well.

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. You did a lot of stuff. Is that a t-shirt your husband (?) is making there in the last picture (a turtle)? Looks fun

  2. Very fun month! My favorite Pride read was The Great Believers, and I highly recommend it if you haven't had a chance to read it yet!

  3. I almost missed your giveaway! But I'll definitely help spread the word for the future ones!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. 23 books is so awesome! Station 11 is one I've had on my TBR for a while but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I hope you have a wonderful July. June looked a great month for you.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

  5. 23 books is amazing, so yay for vacation reading time for you! My husband had jury duty in June too and was at the courthouse for 3 days. He was actually looking forward to it and enjoyed the process, although he couldn't bring his phone or laptop into the building.


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