June & July Reading Wrap-Ups and August Plans

Posted August 1, 2013 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 27 Comments

June July 2013

This month you get two wrap-ups for the price of one. THAT’S RIGHT! At the end of July, when I was starting to put this post together, I realized that I never posted a wrap-up for June. Oops. This post will be formatted a bit differently than my other wrap-ups, to make room for two month’s worth of reading stats and a third month’s reading plans. WHEW.

There’s no way I’m going into detail about everything that went on in June and July–that post would be too long. So highlights: Ash spent a couple of weeks in Ohio; I’ve been taking Ash back and forth to marching band practice (this one time, at band camp…); we took a two-day trip to Central NY to say goodbye to my childhood home AS my childhood home (parents moving out, sister and family moving in); I read a lot of books; we went to the libraries a bunch of times; Eric had a week-long stay-cation; and more! (The “more” is boring.)

On to the stats!

Books finished in June: 19
YTD: 109

Pages read in June: 6,588
YTD: 37,123

Books finished in July: 18
YTD: 127

Pages read in July: 5,908
YTD: 43,031

See the full list of books I read in June & July by clicking the banner below:

Reviews posted in June & July:

Currently reading:

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (#SummerOfJest)
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (Blerds Book Club)
  • The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

What I’m planning to read in August:

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (#SummerOfJest continues…)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (A Home Between Pages readalong)
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (#TuesBookTalk)
  • Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina (BOOK CLUB)
  • The Sexy Part of the Bible by Kola Boof (Twitter Book Club)
  • Mind of my Mind by Octavia Butler (Blerds Book Club)
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Dark Shadows Book Club @ my local library)
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (#GreeneForGran)
  • The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (#GreeneForGran)
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene (#GreeneForGran)
  • In the Land of the Living by Austin Ratner (TLC Book Tours)
  • The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (TLC Book Tours)
  • Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman (TLC Book Tours)
  • Mystery Girl by David Gordon (TLC Book Tours)
  • So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  • Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  • High Wizardry by Diane Duane
  • Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (SK project)
  • The Talisman by Stephen King (SK project)

I have been slacking on my Atwood project and my reread of the Dark Tower series. I really need to get back on track with both of those this month. Really.

Hope everyone is having a nice summer!


  • I’ll be reading the Talisman, too–are you joining in the readalong with Trish and Pax? Hope to see you there. 🙂

    • We probably won’t get to it until the second half of the month, but I will definitely join in the discussion then. 🙂

  • I have been meaning to read The Secret History for a long, long time. Maybe I’ll get around to it if you like it.

    No pressure.


  • Atwood is coming to Boston! I’m so far beyond EXCITED! Sounds like you’ve been busy reading even if you have left Atwood in the dust 🙁

    • I am JEALOUS. She’s going to be at the DC Book Fest in September, too. Sigh. COME TO ALTOONA, MARGARET ATWOOD.

      All the Atwood books are rereads for me, anyway. I’m looking forward to Maddaddam coming out…on my birthday! I WIN.

      • That is a great birthday present! I’m debating on buying a copy before she comes. She comes the week it’s released. (I will be getting her to sign my copy of The Handmaid’s Tale I’ve been dragging around for 10 years.

        • A blogging friend of mine is going to DC for the festival–I’m sending her my copy of Cat’s Eye so she can get Atwood to sign it for me (fingers crossed). I’m quite excited, even though I won’t be meeting her in person.

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Band camp!! Hooray!

    I love that you read so much Heather. You make me feel like less of a freak 😉 Keep on keepin’ on! Have a bitchin’ August!

  • Oh no! Stay away from The Seret History! Aarrgghh!!

    Ok now that it’s out of my system, I hope you enjoy that book more than I did 🙂

    • Hahaha! When I read Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a lot of people said that it is a lot like Secret History but that Secret History is better. I really enjoyed Calamity Physics, so…we’ll see how it goes. I shall keep in mind that you didn’t like it, and I won’t blame you if I don’t like it, either.

      • When I started Calamity Physics I had no idea what it was about and only later learned that it was being compared to A Secret History… it’s no wonder I couldn’t get thru Calamity Physics either.

        • Oh man, I’m sorry you didn’t know that sooner. There’s nothing worse than hating a book, then trying to read something similar. Been there, done that.

    • I mean, not that I would have blamed you anyway, but I will keep in mind that you warned me away. Haha! (It’s late and my fingers aren’t typing exactly what my mind is saying.)

      • Haha it’s fine. I think I’m in the minority in disliking both books. And since you liked Calamity Physics, you’d probably like A Secret History too.

  • sj

    I have been meaning to read A Secret History, too! Hmmm.

    • Read it with me!

      • sj

        You know I probably will.

        • I’ll be starting that and the first Wizard book this evening. (Or I can wait and start Secret History tomorrow.)

          • sj

            I can do that. I’m not that into anything else.

          • *o/*

  • 127 books??? GO YOU!!!!!!!!

  • You read so much this year! What did you think of The Big Sleep? It’s on my tbr list for a project. I’m in awe of all that you’re planning on reading this month.

  • I read Far from the Madding Crowd way back in school. can’t remember the details 🙂 As always, your reading is impressive. Mine is now abysmal, to say the least. 🙂 All the best

  • Amazing. You remind me that I need to catch up on my stats database for pages read. I’m not too behind so I should just DO IT and I’ll feel better. But the kick you give me for Infinite Jest! I know, I know. I need to start. I’m almost done with Orphan Master if you want to send those questions – or do you want to wait until I post a review (which could be… long time)