Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June's Over Already? Mid Year Progress

June is over already--hard to believe! June was a great reading month for me. I competed several reading challenges and celebrated my (1) year Blogging Anniversary. I also committed to a personal challenge of exercising on a regular basis (a biggie for me) and so far it has been great.

As far as reading goes, I read (3) more books in June than I did in May and I was successful reading a few more review books this month (9/15) , as well. I liked most of the (18) books that I read in June. I am thrilled with the fact only (5) of the books were library books and the other (13) from my stacks. This is something I have been trying to get better at.

By Title: JUNE

80. Who Do You Think You Are?; Alyse Myers - 4.5/5
81. The Black Girl Next Door; Jennifer Baszile - 4/5 (review)
82. Burnt Shadows; Kamila Shamsie - 3.5/5 (review)
83. Water, Stone, Heart; Will North - 4/5
84. The Plague of Doves; Erdrich - 4.5/5 (audio)
85. No One You Know; Richmond - 4.5/5 (audio)
86. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley - 5/5 (review)
87. The Chosen One; Williams - 4.5/5 (audio-review)
88. Broken: A Love Story; Lisa Jones - 4/5 (review)

89. Beach Chair Diaries; Janet Spurr - 4/5
90. A Disobedient Girl; Ru Freeman - 3.5/5 (review)
91. Perfection; Julie Metz - 4/5 (review)
92. The Shop on Blossom Street; MacComber - 4/5 (audio)
93. Die for You; Lisa Unger - 4/5
94. Swimming Lessons; Mary Alice Monroe - 4/5 (audio)
95. A Short History of Women; Kate Walbert - 4/5 (review)
96. After Dark; Haruki Murakami - 4/5 (audio)
97. Labor Day; Joyce Maynard - 5/5 (review)

Favorite Books of the Month
  • Labor Day; Joyce Maynard - 5/5
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley - 5/5

Challenge Progress - 2009
  • Total Books Read in 2009 - 97
  • 100+ Books Challenge for 2009 - 97/100
  • A - Z Challenge for 2009 - 21/26
  • Support Your Local Library Challenge for 2009 - 48/50
  • Read Your Own Books Challenge for 2009 - 51/100
  • John Steinbeck Mini Challenge – 1/2
  • Spiritually Speaking Challenge - 4/6 - DID NOT COMPLETE/ ended 6/30/09
  • War Through the Generations Challenge - 2/5
  • Cozy Mystery Challenge - 2/6

Completed 2009 Challenges
  • 2009 Spring Reading Thing Challenge – 15/15
  • 2009 In Their Shoes - 4/4
  • 2009 Pub Challenge- 50
  • 2009 Audio Book Challenge- 25
  • 2009 Summer Vacation Reading Challenge - 6/6
  • 2009 Non Fiction Five - 5/5
  • 2009 New Authors Challenge - 60

How did you enjoy your month? What kind of progress have you made in the first half of 2009? (post a link if you can, please).


  1. I need to follow your example. I have read nearly 50 books from the library so far this year, and only about a dozen of my own. It looks like you're having a great reading year!


  2. Wow...you have had a very productive year so far. Exercise is something that I am really struggling to get back into my regular routine. If I can get back on track with 3 times a week of exercise I would be so happy.

  3. (sigh....) I was not as productive as you were. You had a great month. Congrats!

  4. Congratulations on doing so well with your challenges.

    I really need to make more of an effort to read from my stacks too - perhaps that is something I should try to do in July.

  5. Wow, you've done really well with so many challenges. I just started blogging at the end of Oct so wasn't too sure about challenges. Therefore only signed up for three. My Link is here

  6. Wow :-) I am so impressed by your reading- and record keeping! :-)

  7. Wow...You're rocking the books this year!! I've read a lot of the same books on your June list. I'm working on reading my own too!!! But unlike you I'm not doing too hot on that challenge!! Great on the workout too..I've been walking about 4 miles 3x's/week and then yoga 2xs.

    Keep it up!!

  8. Wow you've done great. I don't have my June wrap up yet but I'm getting there. I still have some blog housekeeping to do tonight.

  9. Super job! I don't know if I'm going to make my goal of 100 books for the year, but I'm having fun trying.

    Here's my progress: http://nanscorner.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/june-wrap-up/

  10. Fantastic job! I am really looking forward to reading Labor Day and Sweetness, so glad that you enjoyed them.

  11. Great month! I'm only on book 54 -- you're really speeding along.

  12. Awesome! Love your wrap ups. Here's my first one.


  13. It looks like you're making great progress on all of your challenges!

  14. Wow! You've been busy. Congrats on a great month.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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