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Books Read in June

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Well, this will be a short summary! My Big Book Summer Challenge began at the end of May, and my first Big Book weighed in at 950+ pages, so that’s most of what I read in June! I did manage a Big Book audio, too, and slipped in a quick re-read of an old favorite. Here’s what I finished in June:

That’s it! June was short on quantity but big on quality!  It was an all-fiction, all adult month for books so not a lot of variety. I enjoyed Harry’s Trees, and A.J. Fikry is a favorite of mine, but I have to pick Gone with the Wind as my favorite of the month. It took me 5 weeks to finish reading it, and I never got tired of it or bored. It’s an complex, compelling story, and it’s easy to see why it has remained a classic for so many decades.

Progress in 2019 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary – updating my Reading Challenges:

Mount TBR Reading Challenge – 2 of my 3 books were from my own shelves.

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge – June was Diversify Your Reading month, and I chose Gone with the Wind, perhaps a contentious choice given its racism, but there were plenty of major black characters and their perspectives were included (though from the mind of a white 1930′s author!).

Back to the Classics Challenge – Woohoo! Two classics in the past two months! I’m on a roll. I counted Gone with the Wind as “written by a female author.”

Monthly Keyword Challenge – I didn’t read a single book with any of the monthly keywords in the title…again, for the 6th month in a row! Clearly this challenge wasn’t a good choice for me!

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2019 – No nonfiction last month.

Diversity Reading Challenge – Just 1 of my books was diverse (and that’s arguable).

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge – No new places – everything I read was set firmly in the US!

2018 Literary Escapes Challenge – I added just 1 new state: Pennsylvania (and have already read 8 books this year set in Massachusetts)

2019 Big Book Summer Challenge – I added my first two Big Books of the summer!

Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break – not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month. I filled in 18 squares in June – pretty darn good for just 3 books:

Squares filled in:

Gone with the Wind – bride, twins, not a new release, steamy romance, garden/gardening, accent
Harry’s Trees – free book, moving/relocating, audio book, not in a series
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – shelf love (TBR), police, book gifted to me, small town, secret crush

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What was your favorite book read in June? 

And have you joined the Big Book Summer Challenge yet? There’s still plenty of time to read a 400+ page book before September!

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