6 month check in

I can’t believe that June is almost over and that 6 months have gone by since 2020 started. Time really has lost a lot of meaning while living in this new social distancing pandemic life. I don’t know about you but I have had periods of time where I am reading A LOT of books. And then I have some days/weeks when I can’t focus and reading seems like a chore.

I think I have been making pretty good progress in reading more from my unread shelf. I have completed the prompts for every month so far, although I did struggle with June’s prompt. If I had stuck to my “rule” of only reading one Louise Penny book a month in May this prompt of “a book from a series” would have been easy.

My local library opened up this month for curb side pick ups of books on hold. And I may have gone a little crazy putting books on hold. I have been able to put holds on and have read a couple of books from the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide this year. Some I have liked, some I haven’t but none of them have been books that I have loved.

I have noticed that since the pandemic started I have been reading a lot of mysteries. I have especially liked reading books in a series, there is something comforting about them (even though they usually feature a gruesome murder). I have also noticed that I don’t enjoy “chick lit” or women’s fiction books as much as I used to. I don’t know whether my tastes have changed or I’ve become a different reader, or my mood/stress level has been different this year or a combo of all of the above.

Some of my favourite reads from the first part of the year: ** book from my unread shelf

  • A Rule Against Murder- Louise Penny **
  • Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
  • The Book that Matters Most -Ann Hood**
  • The Brutal Telling- Louise Penny **
  • The Janes- Louisa Luna
  • Recipe for a Perfect Wife- Karma Brown
  • Bury Your Dead- Louise Penny**
  • All the Ways we Said Goodbye- Beatriz Williams
  • Two Girls Down- Louisa Luna
  • Other People’s Houses- Abbi Waxman **
  • Bibliophile – Jane Mount**
  • Comfort Me with Apples and Tender at the Bone: Two Culinary Treasures- Ruch Reichl
  • A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett**
  • A Garden of Small Beginnings- Abbi Waxman
  • How the Light Gets In- Louise Penny**
  • A Great Deliverance- Elizabeth George
  • The Watsons go to Birmingham- 1963- Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Nevertheless She Wore It- Ann Shen

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