Thursday, July 7, 2016

Month in Review for June 2016: An Overdue Reflection

Between my birthday (July 6th) and all the other random things I have to deal with in my life, blogging tends to get relegated to the figurative backburner. Therefore, this month in review is a little bit on the late side, but still worth writing (for the sake of my own sanity- I am having trouble recalling which books I read in June already).

 Total Posts: 10
  Total Critiques: 4
    Classics/Historical: 2
    Fantasy: 1
    Urban Fantasy: 1
    Part of a Series: 1

Most Popular Posts of June:
Early Critique: "Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1)" by Michael J. Sullivan
SFF: The 5 Books You Recommend to Recent High School Grads
"Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernières
Early Critique: "Spells of Blood and Kin" by Claire Humphrey
I'm Joining the Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge- Fashionably Late!
Month in Review for May 2016: Four Flowers

Flashback Post (From June of a Previous Year):
"The Lazy Vacationer" by Litha Nelle

Pageviews for the Month: 980
Comments: 25!

Reading Challenges Updates:

Travel the World in Books Challenge

Applicable Books:
"Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernières (Set in Greece)
"The Vagrants" by Yiyun Li (Set in China)

Total for 2016 So Far: 10 of 15 Books, 6 of 5 Countries

Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge

Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler (Alternate History Sci-fi)

Goal: 6+ science fiction books
Total Read So Far: 1 book

Reading Stats:

Books read this Month: 5

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 3
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 2
Female Main Character: 3
Male Main Character: 0
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 2
 Fantasy: 2
 Historical Fiction: 2
 Sci-fi/Alt. History: 1
Published in 2016: 2
Published in 2000-2015: 1
Published in 1990s: 1
Published in 1980s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 1
Traditionally Published: 4
Series Books: 3
Standalones: 2
Ebook Version: 3
Paper Version: 2
Favorite of the Month: Tie between Memories of Ash and Age of Myth (there were other 4 star ratings, but something about those was just a cut above).
Least Favorite of the Month: I didn't like Corelli's Mandolin as much as the others, but it was still a great read.
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler- I think all her books are just fascinating.
From the-pile: 2
From the-invisible-pile: 1
Recently acquired: 2
Added to the-invisible-pile: 4
Books bought: 3
Pages Read in 2016 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 16,766 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 4
3-3.5 Stars: 1
2-2.5 Stars: 0

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 2
Female: 3
Male/Female Team: 0
Diverse: 3
Not-so-Diverse: 2
Living: 4
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read in July:

I will be attempting to read more sci-fi for Rachelle's challenge, but I also have some other books coming in (another Better World Books box for me) that I want to read soon. So far this month I've been in a few fits of pain (as in I can't do as much, which is depressing), but I did manage to read a fluffy historical romance novella, so perhaps there's hope for me after all. If you're wondering which sci-fi books I plan on reading during the challenge, check out my "I'm Joining the Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge- Fashionably Late!" post.

Upcoming Posts:

I have possible reviews for Memories of Ash and Wild Seed in the works, though with my meandering mind, who knows if I'll get them done.

7/17: Sunday Fun Five #58: The 5 Literary Villains You'd Like to Read an Entire Book About
I have a few villains in mind, though it will be a challenge to come up with the rest. There may be some unexpected additions in this one.

Happy July!


  1. Happy belated birthday! I wish Twitter was like Facebook in letting us know when somone is having a birthday. You never know on Twitter unless you happen to have gone to the person's profile page and see the balloons. I am really looking forward to your book villain post! I only read five books last month, too. Four different and one re-read of Memories Of Ash. I hope now that I am on vacation I can double that. I hope your July is going well. :)

    1. Thanks La La- it's probably good Twitter doesn't have b-day notifications, since you'd probably get a flood of spambot messages on your birthday (Happy Birthday- here's a gift- the *free* first two chapters of my book!). I actually did not know Twitter put balloons on your profile for your birthday- I wonder if I actually used my correct birthday or not.
      I'm hoping my reading will increase too, now that my mom's more independent. I hope your July goes well, too!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Happy belated birthday, Litha!! I hope you had a wonderful day :) It looks like you have a pretty good reading month this month with more 4 star ratings than 3 or below! Have a lovely rest of your July!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thanks, Laura! I had a pretty good day. And yes, I've had fairly good ratings lately- I DNFed some that didn't grab me, but the rest have been great. Hope your July is awesome as well!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. Don't forget to add your review of Wild Seed to the review link up for the Sci-Fi Summer reading challenge :)

    1. ...And done! Thanks for the reminder, Rachelle!
      ~Litha Nelle


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