I finished three normal length books this week, plus an extra four very short reads.
Three of those short reads MAY have been just because I was trying to get my count down for The Unread Shelf Project before the end of the month, but I’m actually okay with that. They’re short, but they’re on my TBR because I wanted to read them, and because I could knock them out in ten or fifteen minutes I always think I can do that ‘any time’ which always means ‘later’. And isn’t the whole point of The Unread Shelf Project to read all those books that you always put off until later because you own them and could read them ‘any time’?
I’ll get my monthly challenge update for June posted in the next couple of days too–June was a phenomenal reading month!
Chasing Vermeer: Five stars, a lot of fun, plus makes the world of fine art a lot more intriguing.
The Housekeeper and the Professor: Five stars again, and makes me want to read more Asian literary fiction. (Though I don’t know if I’ll enjoy others as much if they don’t have the math references…)
Digitocracy: A short story by Andy Weir, available to read for free online. I found this one very entertaining. Yet another five star read.
Chopin The Story of the Boy who Made Beautiful Melodies: One in a series of very short biographies for children, available for free on kindle. The formatting is very odd as the books are very old, meant to be read as whole series (references to other biographies are frequent), and the pictures are missing in the kindle version. Despite all of that, I do enjoy how they give a good picture of the lives of composers in a short time.
Stranger Things Ashcan/(Sample Chapter): Confirmed that I would like to read the whole comic eventually.
Cress: The romance in this one is not my favorite of the series, just because I dislike Thorn so much at the beginning. He does improve (even more so in the following book), and there are some sweet moments, but the best part of this book is having almost the full ensemble cast together at last.
Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane: This is a short memoir by ‘Calamity Jane’, originally sold as a kind of gift shop booklet. It’s apparently highly edited and fictionalized, but an entertaining read nonetheless.
Education of a Wandering Man: I keep getting distracted from this one, and then loving it again every time I actually pick it up again.
North! or Be Eaten: Finally getting around to reading this next installment of the Wingfeather Saga I borrowed from my nephew’s wife right before lockdown started. Sometimes I feel the ‘middle-grade-ness’ of the book a bit heavily, but then it totally makes me bawl my eyes out, and I realize just how good it is again.
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: I’m really enjoying this one so far (except for the copious references to evolutionary theory) as it goes through real neuroscience about how our brains work and applies it to how zombie brains might be malfunctioning.
Winter: Finally got to the last book in my audio revisit of the Lunar Chronicles! Loving it so far, but also hoping I can get through it before the digital copy returns to the library in two weeks, because this is a long one!
Poems (by GK Chesterton): I forgot to record with I DNF’d this a week or two ago–love the content, but the very traditional style poems I just cannot get into.
A Princess of Wind and Wave: I love this author and series, but I inexplicably have a genetic inability to enjoy mermaid stories.
Third Daughter: After all the five star reads in a row I think I got a lot less patient with lesser books… This one was okay, I just was bored with the sneaking out for a make out session intro, especially since I thought she was going to have a cooler reason for sneaking out that meeting a guy that she clearly wasn’t going to end up with.
The Cottingley Secret: This one is probably just a temporary DNF for mood mismatch. I went in looking for magical childhood moments and mostly was getting feel-good used book store story.
Cobweb Bride: I would have stuck with this one, except there was too much creepy-horror feel for me. ONE example of how bad it is when Death refuses to take people who are on the brink of dying would have been plenty, thanks.
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