Friday, June 5, 2015

May Wrap-Up & June TBR

Hello June, and hello summer!  Now that I am officially on summer break, I look forward to much leisure reading.  In anticipation, I've put together a humble TBR list of books I know I'll be reading for read-a-longs.

Before I get into that, though, let's take a look at the books I finished in May.

May Wrap-Up

I actually read five books last month, which I am satisfied with.

The first book I read was Joker: Death of the Family, which was a collection of all the Bat Family issues that was part of that arc.  It wasn't as good as I anticipated in light of how amazing the Batman trade was, but it was still good, and I'm pleased to have it as part of my collection.  It received 4 stars.

After that, I read a collection of novellas by Yoko Ogawa, The Diving Pool.  Though her writing was excellent and very atmospheric, there was something lacking.  I wrote a review of it, so you may read that here, but I did give it 3 stars.

I listened to my first audiobook this month, a title that goes to Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  It was the first time I had read it in over ten years, and I really didn't remember much of it, so it was like reading it for the first time.  It is an extraordinary novel, and I definitely drew much more from it as an adult than I did as a freshman in high school.  The audiobook was narrated by Sissy Spacek, whom I found to be a perfect choice.  I cannot wait for the sequel to come out this month.  I gave it 5 stars.

I followed that up with a piece of literary fiction set in Korea, This Burns My Heart, by Samuel Park.  I have already praised this book in my review of it, so I will just state that it was beautiful and striking.  I gave it 5 stars.

Finally, I ended the month with Francine Rivers' A Voice in the Wind, the first installment in her highly lauded Mark of the Lion trilogy.  I went into this expecting nothing, but it became one of my favorite books so far this year.  A full review is coming soon.

June TBR

The first book I hope to read this month is one I've already started, Through Gates of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot.  I am about a quarter of the way through, so I am going to continue on with it.

My classics book club is reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, and I am going to join them.  I have had this book on my shelves for the past five years, and I've even read half of it, but I wasn't feeling it then, so I want to give it another change.  I have since read and loved other Atwood books, so I am anticipating this one.

I am also participating in #YearOfCosmere this month, so I am will be reading Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist.  I am looking forward to this book simply because it's Sanderson, but it also offer an easier read than the rest I have queued.  

Additionally, I am going to be continuing on with the Mark of the Lion trilogy, picking up An Echo in the Darkness.  This is my most anticipated read for June, so I can't wait to start it.

Lastly, I hope to pick up Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.  It will be released on the 14th, so I am planning on picking it up and reading it right away.  

Those are all the books I hope to finish this month.  What books are you looking forward to in June?

To see my favorite books of 2015 thus far, check out my last post.

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Happy reading!

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