Remember my May wrap-up when I was upset about reading only 5 books? Oh, the good old days…

Then came June, when I read even less, sorta, though please see the end note for reading not counted here. Also, I spent 11 days in France so that accounts for a lot of my time and I’m OK with that. I read a bit on flights but not as much as I could’ve and not at all while we were there.

Anyways, here we go:

Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart – Janelle McCulloch  – 3* – (June 11):

parisMcCullochI finished this on the flight to Paris and found it a bit confusing in its purpose. It’s a beautiful book – gorgeous photos, well laid-out, lovely typefaces – but it wasn’t as useful as I had hoped. Each chapter includes a general description of the arrondissement/neighborhood before then highlighting specific eateries, hotels, and attractions within it. It reads a bit more as a personal travelogue and I didn’t find it overly helpful compared to our Rick Steves’ guides, though it was more readable and this one will look nice on the coffee table. Still, I never once referred back to it after finishing the opening chapters, despite the index of businesses in the back and the supposed focus on “creative” locations.

A Number of Monsters – David Gildersleeve – 3.75* – (June 30):

numberofMonstersVERY quick read but I like the author’s style. It’s nice to see a book of Gildersleeve’s work colored in as opposed to his two “Kid” books, which are both black and white.

I like that the monsters are mostly solid black with other elements colored. I also like the lettering a lot.

(And yes, I DID read this book just to increase my “number of books read” for the month. It was on my TBR, but the timing is not coincidental.)

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr – 4* – (June 30):

alltheLightWeCannotSee This was a book I chose for book club and it wasn’t quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it. I seem to read a lot of WWII-era books and this was a different take than I’ve seen before. It’s told from two perspectives – that of a German soldier and also a French blind girl. They’re experiencing the war from very different worlds that eventually intersect. The stories shift in place and time, but you can see the pieces coming together, wondering how they will meet and how their paths will cross. I like that the book doesn’t answer all of our questions and doesn’t leave everything tied up happy. It was a satisfying read.

So close!!!

So close!!!

Only 3 books this month. And just one shy of hitting my goal for the year!

I suppose it’s a win for diversity at least – one resource/travel book, one illustrated art book, one historical novel.

Star ratings: This is based on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars: 5 books (including one re-read but none this month)
  • 4 stars: 20 books
  • 3 stars: 9 books
  • 2 stars: 4 books
  • 1 star: 0 books (not sure why I don’t use this rating more often)
  • 0 stars: 1 book (book I edited but didn’t rate)

One last stat – pages read:

  • January – 2010
  • February – 2166
  • March – 2419
  • April – 2349
  • May – 1752
  • June – 819

Ugh, awful.  Total is 11,515 pages for the year.

I also read portions of several other travel-related books, as well as over 150 pages of a book of short stories that I haven’t counted here. I expect I’ll finish that off in July (as well as many other books, I hope).

Coming next week – look for a book haul from Shakespeare & Co. in Paris! I wanted to take up residence, but instead I had to settle for filling my carry-on.

So here’s to better reading in July! Not that I’d trade more reading for the trip to Paris this past month… But I still wish I could’ve gotten in just one more book.