Monthly Round-up: June 2017

I’m pretty pleased with my start on the summer: I’ve read 7 books towards the 20 Books of Summer 2017 reading challenge. I still have a high daily page count to deal with, but it hasn’t gone up since the start of the summer. Not falling behind counts as progress, right?

My computer/reading glasses distort everything outside book distance which has been an adjustment, but they do make it easier to focus on the page and nothing else. We’ll see whether the extra pair of specs speeds up the reading or slows it down. I might slip in an audiobook, but who knows. Audiobooks are still ridiculously pricey and dependent on the reader’s voice and skill. Why can’t they synthesize Hugh Laurie’s voice so there’s always a read-by-Hugh-Laurie option?

Books Reviewed:

  1. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
  2. Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  4. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  5. She by H. Rider Haggard

Books Read:

  1. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  2. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
  3. The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  5. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  6. She by H. Rider Haggard
  7. Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri

Current State of the TBR: (with correct math this time, oops!)

  • Kindle Titles: 77 (includes rereads)
  • Paperback Titles: 171 (includes rereads)
  • NetGalley Queue: 9
    (50% Feedback Ratio)

9 Comments on “Monthly Round-up: June 2017

    • Why are you here when you should be writing the sequel? 😉

      I really enjoyed The Punch Escrow! My favorite scenes were all to do with salting. The use of AI was fascinating and I loved the different personalities that came out when Joel interacted with it (primarily Room D [David] and the ambulance).

      I was going to schedule my review a little closer to the publication date, but a version of it will be on NetGalley soon. I’m always a bit shy about posting too early before a pub date.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I did have one question about the book. I’ll work it into my review and you can answer if you like and it’s not too spoiler-y for the sequel. 🙂

  1. I am working on both a sequel and a prequel! However, with the book release coming up on the 25th I’m finding myself waking up to dings from Google about my book being mentioned here and there. One of those places was your blog, and I couldn’t resist wondering what you thought since I’m very interested specifically in women’s opinions on the narrative. No rush to pen your review, I’m plenty happy just knowing you enjoyed it!

    • Glad to hear two more books are coming!

      Why the specific interest in women’s opinions? Do you have a concern about something in the narrative?

      • I was desperate to avoid the damsel in distress trope while still making the story a romantic thriller.

        • Ah. I think someone would need to twist the story pretty hard to wring out a damsel-in-distress trope. There’s plenty in the narrative and in Sylvia’s character to contradict it.

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