I am really happy with how I did last month, meeting all my goals. I will be going back to work this month (yay!), and I start summer classes in a week, but I still think I can keep up the level I’ve got going reading-wise. I’m very optimistic about my goals and I’m really excited for some of the books I’ve got lined up for this month!
I’ve also decided on a new format for reviewing books that I think will work better for me. More on that in another post, so stay tuned!
| My Reading Goals |
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: This book fulfills the “Memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own” prompt for this challenge. This kind of challenge is fairly easy for me, since I’m Baha’i, so there are a great many religious to choose from that are different than my own.
I picked this one actually before the release of the mini-series adaptation, and when I saw previews for it, I though, “Wow, that looks so familiar!” and then I realized it was this book! I’m looking forward to this one. I know absolutely nothing about the Hasidic sect of Judaism, so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot.
Reading Women Challenge 2020
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Poud’homme: This book fulfills the “Book about Food” prompt for this challenge. Doubly, this book also satisfies the “Read a Book About a Cuisine You’ve Never Tried Before” prompt for the Read Harder challenge. I felt I needed to pick up the pace for that particular challenge, because think I’m a little behind!
Anyway, I don’t believe I’ve ever tried French food before. At least, nothing comes to mind. I wanted to read this particular book because I know Julia Child is an interesting person and she brought French cuisine to popularity in the US. I think this book should be quite interesting.
2020 Diversity Challenge
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: Each month there’s a different mini challenge for the Diversity Challenge. June’s mini challenge is “LGBT+ Pride Summer: sexuality and gender identity.” I picked this book because not only does it feature women loving women, but it is also from a diverse author (Vo is Asian-American). This book seems like it will be very abstract, full of fantasy. It’s a novella, so a short-but-sweet story, and I’m looking forward to delving into its pages.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín: I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long! I bought the book after seeing the movie adaptation, which I really enjoyed, so I thought I’d see how it is compared to the book. I’m glad that I started on this challenge, because there are so many books that I own that I keep putting off reading because they don’t have a due date on them, so I end up never getting to them! I’m looking forward to reading this one, since I see Tóibín’s name all over the book world.
ARC of the Month
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria: This cover really stood out to me, so I had to find out what the book was about. It sounds like such a fun romance book! It focuses on a successful soap opera star who moves back to New York to do a romantic comedy for a top streaming service. The top male lead role goes to a very attractive telanovela star. Their first meeting doesn’t end up going well, but soon they start to find strong attraction to each other. I’m looking forward to the steamy romance this book is promising me!
My TBR Pick
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: Yeah, I’m going to give this one a go. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series, and I was surprised that Collins was returning to this series all this time later. I am intrigued by the premise of it being early Panem days and I hope that it lives up to my expectations. I have tried to ignore any reviews I’ve seen of it because I don’t want to have any preconceived ideas about it.
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: Yes, I’m doubling up on this one! I won’t rule out reading any other books by Asian authors this month, but I’m taking it easy since I’m starting work and also have two summer classes happening. I hopefully will enjoy this book, and any other Asian-authored books I can make it to this month!
What books are you reading this month?
If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!