June TBR

As you can tell the TBR shelf has been rotated out! Some are still there from last month, specifically the feminist/women’s study type books like Birth of the Pill and Flow. In my efforts to read a good chunk of my print books, I did a count of the books that appear to be “fun reads.” Ones that appear to have not a very complex plot or wording. You won’t find any classics here (I’m looking at you James Joyce) or immersive historicals like Bringing Up the Bodies. Sometimes you want to just roll with the plot or the characters and not decipher’s metaphors. I could be wrong on a few of these, but when I do a pull like this, I try to trust my gut. I’m often gleefully surprised.

Some of the titles I’m looking forward:

  • How to Start A Fire
  • Under a Painted Sky (not pictured)
  • Hammer Head
  • The Anchoress
  • Lexicon
  • Henna House
  • Kindred

I really need to make sure I get to my library books this time. I’ve been bad the last few times and just renewing them until I can’t anymore then having to return them unread, but that feels like a whole different topic for later.

Are there any books on your TBR you’re hoping to get to this month? Any suggestions on my shelf that I didn’t mention that you think I’d really enjoy?

#24in48 Book Stack 2nd Draft

The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. I had some books come in from the library, but I still have the book sale tonight so this is only round two, not the finished stack.

2nd Draft picks
2nd Draft picks

From the top:

  • Save the Date by Jen Doll
  • The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzy Szereto
  • A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni *addition
  • Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi *addition
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  • China Dolls by Lisa See

I cut On Beauty, not because I don’t want to read it, but as I guessed, it’s pretty heavy for a readathon for me. Also Under the Tuscan Sun and Rules of Civility didn’t make the second round. I have no real reasons except I wanted to keep the stack at around 10 and I wanted to read Persepolis 2 and The Mistress of Spices more. What really impresses me about this stack is that it’s full of diverse authors. All but dear old Dan, I have a mix of women and AOC. This makes me happy. I really didn’t do it on purpose, which makes me happy that it turned out that way. These books organically fell into my lap, where before I had to search them out or make an effort.

My digital book stack really hasn’t changed. I am reading Station Eleven right now and I doubt I’ll finish tonight so I am almost positive it will be my first book of the readathon.

How is your book stack looking if you’re participating? Anything I should keep my eye out for at the library book sale?


Checking Out

Instead of lumping my library borrows with my bought gems, I decided to make a new column, Checking Out. This edition of Checking Out is one of an accidental nature. I had the second and third books of the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch on hold. The third book had come in and the second was on its way. I went in to pick it up hoping that maybe the mail would come in while I was there. This didn’t happen. But the librarians are crafty and clever at our library and put the holds shelf pretty damn close to the New Books and Lucky Chance shelves. The Lucky Chance program is a way for people to get those high demand books without having to put a hold on it. There are no renewals on them and it’s pretty much first come first serve. I’ve gotten a few great books this way. And this visit was no different. 


  • The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. The book I originally went in to pick up
  • The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas
  • Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady by Sally O’Reilly
  • I Don’t know What You know Me From by Judy Greer. I actually took this one back the next day and bought the audio. I love listening celebrity bios read by the authors
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan


In case you were wondering, the second book did show up, about an hour after I got back home… 

Has this happened to you? Gone in for a specific book and walked out with more?

Literary Loot

IMG_0128This time I decided to mix it up a bit. Instead of having separate LLs for Library, Comics and the books I buy, you get a three-for. I actually bought a couple on e format as well, but that’s a post for another day.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This one has been praised from people I trust about books (and a few who are kinda sketchy…) so I figure it has to be good. It is described as Robin Hood meets Oceans Eleven on its Goodreads description, how can I ignore that? I love me some good hiest.  Library
  • Saga #22 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This one is on my pull list so it’s gonna come up monthly. I’m having fun figuring out how things are going to play out.  Comics
  • Henna House by Nomi Eve. I’ll be honest. I don’t remember how this one got on my radar, but here it is. I even had its publishing date on my calendar so that’s how much I was looking forward to it. My oldest spawn has his first day of school yesterday so we did our tradition of First Day of School Pizza which I followed up with a new tradition now that he’s a reader with First Day of School Book at our local indie bookstore. I originally wasn’t getting anything, but who am I kidding? I can’t walk into a bookstore without buying a book. Print – bought 

What books have you brought home? In print? Digitally?