Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Month in Review for June: The (Upcoming) Dog Days of Summer

This photo reminds me of CatDog. Except it's TorGeorge.
This month in review post will be short and sweet, as I'm currently battling an abominable cold virus (the only cold I've had in... 3 years?).

An upcoming feature on my blog during the last two weeks of July (approximately the 17th-31st) will be "The Dog Days of Summer". During the event, I'll be hosting reviews/posts of all genres (which means some will likely be out of orbit) that all feature canine companions and/or protagonists.

 Total Posts: 13
  Total Critiques: 6
    Fantasy: 1
    Historical Fiction/Magical Realism:1
    Historical Romance: 1
    Out-of-Orbit: 1
    Paranormal Romance: 1    
    Part of a Series: 4
    Steampunk: 1

Most Popular Posts of June:
Early Critique: "Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2)" by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
SFF: The 5 Summer Vacations You Can Take Through Reading
SFF: The 5 Authors You Just Can't Read Enough Of
Gone Junkin': The After Hours Life of a Victorian Soul/Book Blogger
"Peony in Love" by Lisa See
"First of Spring (Gardinian World #2)" by Kelsey Jordan
O.o.O.C.: "The Lady and the Panda" by Vicki Constantine Croke

Pageviews for the Month: 1000
Comments: 10!

Reading Challenges Updates:

Snowflake and Spider Silk Bingo Challenge

Applicable Books:
From January:
Song of Blood and Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope (POC main character)
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger (New to me author)
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger (2nd book in a series)
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger (female author)
From February:
Unseen (Unborn #2) by Amber Lynn Natusch (published 2015)
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop (Urban Fantasy)
From March:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (written before 2000- it was first published in 1998)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (Novella/Short Story)
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (Dystopia)
From April:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Humorous SF/F)
"The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)" by Soman Chainani (fairy tale retelling)
From May:
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley ("classic" SF/F)
From June:
"The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1)" by Scott Lynch (Heists and Cons)

Travel the World in Books Challenge

Applicable Books:

Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (Texan & Tokyo #3) by Grace Buchele Mineta & Ryosuke Mineta (Tokyo, Japan)
"Peony in Love" by Lisa See (China)

Reading Stats:

Books read in June: 5

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 2
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 3
Female Main Character: 2
Male Main Character: 1
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 2
 Fantasy: 1
 Historical Fiction/Magical Realism: 1
 Memoir/Comic: 1
 Historical Romance: 1
 Steampunk: 1
Published in 2015: 2
Published in 2000-2014: 3
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 2
Traditionally Published: 3
Series Books: 4
Standalones: 1
Ebook Version: 3
Paper Version: 2
Favorite of the Month: Three Way Tie: Peony in Love, Undying Legion, and The Lies of Locke Lamora
Least Favorite of the Month: Miss Amelia Lands a Duke (The Caversham Chronicles 0.5) by Sandy Raven
From the-pile: 2
From the-invisible-pile: 2
Recently acquired: 6
Added to the-invisible-pile in April: 6 ebooks
Books bought: 5 ebooks
Pages Read in 2015 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 12484

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 3
3-3.5 Stars: 2
2-2.5 Stars: 0

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 1
Female: 3
Male/Female Team: 1
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 4
Living: 5 (Technically 6)
Deceased: 0

Planning to Read in July/Upcoming Posts (Still All About Relaxing):

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
For the Snowflake and Spider Silk Readalong

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
For Review

Rereading for the (Blog) Dog Days of Summer:
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
...among many others...

                       Until Next Time,

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