June was mostly taken up with holidays and playing Stardew Valley so not much reading happened. We spent a few very wet days in the Lake District and a week in the Scottish Borders (with flying visits to Ironbridge, Edinburgh and Whitby). Our first holiday with Scully and she was pretty well behaved. She thinks Yorkshire is great because a woman in Whitby gave her biscuits. Who carries round dog biscuits just in case they meet a Labrador?
Half way through the year already and it’s a good a time as any to stop and review how my goals and challenges are doing. I’m flagging with Read Harder, the remaining prompts just haven’t appealed to me of late. I have completed 12 out of 24 items, so I am technically half way. I can probably manage a few more but I’m not going to beat myself up about not completing it.
As always I’m slightly behind on my overall goal (aka the Goodreads challenge) with 56 out of 120 books read. Easily fixed with a bout of comics and novellas!
I am pretty chuffed at how I’m doing with Diversity Bingo considering I am usually so rubbish at sticking to challenges. I’m not kidding myself that I will cover all the squares by the end of the year but I should have a good few rows and know that I’m seeking out authors from different backgrounds.
If you have any recommendations that fit the rest of the prompts (especially SFF) please leave a comment. Preferably books that have UK publishers as US editions are getting so pricey (thanks Brexit). Here’s what I ticked off last month (keep scrolling for the giveaway):
Indian Main Character (Own Voices): Out of Heart by Irfan Master
Main Character with Under Represented Body: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Main Character on the Ace Spectrum: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Contemporary World Arranged Marriage: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Here’s what made it onto the blog…
Book of the Month:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Read and awaiting review:
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
I Know a Secret by Tess Gerittsen
Now enter the giveaway:
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