books I read in June 2018

We just got back from our trip of a lifetime, and I’ve been itching to get away again.


So in between organizing my trip and wedding photos (more to come at some point, I promise… in the next year?), I’ve been scouting out campsites, planning packing lists, and generally plotting my next escape.

I’ve also been pondering this.


Books I read in June:

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    I often like to read books without reading the back cover, so that I don’t ruin any plot points. Maybe I should stop doing that. I went into this (for some reason) expecting a fantasy about two friends who are magical superheroes. Instead I got an awkward novel about two teenage boys discovering that they’re gay.
  2. The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine
    Ooh. I was all set to hate this, but then I read a review on Goodreads saying that after the first ~40%, it got good. So I stuck with it. And oh boy did it get good.
  3. This is Me, by Chrissy Metz
    I don’t normally like books by famous people, but, This is Us. I had to. It was okay.
  4. How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig
    What just happened? This meandered and then ended. I don’t know.
  5. Dietland, by Sarai Walker
    This got picked up for TV? Why? I hated it.
  6. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    I’m not sure why I never read any of the original Sherlock Holmes books when I went through my old British mystery (Agatha Christie) phase, or when I went through my BBC Sherlock obsession. Anyway, I decided to make up for it now… and then I got very confused as to why a British detective novel suddenly became a brief history of Utah Latter-Day Saints. Huh?
  7. Circe, by Madeline Miller
    This was pretty good. Greek mythology is fucked up.
  8. The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    I don’t know… maybe Sherlock Holmes just isn’t for me. I get that times were different and being openly racist was acceptable back then, but… really?
  9. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
    I hate the word poignant, but this was poignant. Well-written, realistic, timely, and sad.
  10. Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig
    For anyone who has ever had or loved someone who has ever had depression. (That’s all of us, by the way.) You are not alone, and you are loved.
  11. The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani
    This was good until the ending…
  12. Differently Morphous, by Yahtzee Croshaw
    I really enjoyed the voices in the audiobook, but I’m not 100% sure what happened in the story.
  13. Beside Myself, by Ann Morgan
    Interesting concept, meh execution.

The DNF list:

  1. How Google Works, by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
    Is everyone who works at Google this self-absorbed? It was never explained in the book, so I still don’t know what Jonathan Rosenberg actually does at Google. And, for the record, I still don’t care.
  2. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
    Such a great concept, but why must so many literary academics be so pretentious? Keep your Kafka quotes to yourself.

YTD books read: 61
Goal: 100
Books to go: 39

Final thoughts…

We’re halfway through 2018 already! Where does the time go?

Best books of the year so far have been The Hate U Give, Small Great Things, The Tears of Dark WaterA Man Called Ove, and An American Marriage. 4 out of 5 are about black people and the systemic racism and political issues that affect them. Do with that what you will.

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