June 2016 Wrap-Up

Well, June is done. That was quick, wasn’t it? It’s already time for me to think about my reading life this past month. I’ve had a very busy month both reading and blogging about reading. I made some dents in challenges, and didn’t do as much in others. But there are still six months left in the year, so I’m not too worried about meeting the goals of the challenges.

This month: I’ve read 9 books total and still have one to finish.

Pages read: 2,950

Challenges:

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 7

Book Riot Read Harder: 1

#WeekofReviews Challenge: 7 (on 6 of the 7 days.)

Book Formats and Genres:

Library Books: 2

EBooks/Kindle: 4

Romance Novels 3

How to/Self-help: 3

Books Purchased: 5.  2 kindle books and 3 paperbacks

Book Box: 1 (#BookMailBox) 2 books, apron, tea towel, bookmark, granola bar.

Book Reviews Posted: 8 (7 for the #WeekofReviews)

 

Reading goals for July:

  • Need to read three books for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.
  • Finish S! I’m dragging my feet on this one.

How was your June?

 

 

Review of Station Eleven

Station ElevenWow. Where to begin? Well, let me start with a short summary. It begins with the death from a massive heart attack of Arthur Leander on stage while playing Lear in King Lear. A young man from the audience tries to save him but is unsuccessful. The young man comforts a child actor who is onstage and witnesses Arthur’s death. All of this happens on the night that a flu pandemic starts to spread across the world. Within weeks most of the world’s population is dead and civilization ceases to exist.

An incomplete list:
No more diving into pools of chlorinated water lit green from below. No more ball games played out under floodlights. No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights. No more trains running under the surface of cities on the dazzling power of the electric third rail. No more cities. No more films, except rarely, except with a generator drowning out half the dialogue, and only then for the first little while until the fuel for the generators ran out, because automobile gas goes stale after two or three years. Aviation gas lasts longer, but it was difficult to come by.
No more screens shining in the half-light as people raise their phones above the crowd to take pictures of concert states. No more concert stages lit by candy-colored halogens, no more electronica, punk, electric guitars.
No more pharmaceuticals. No more certainty of surviving a scratch on one’s hand, a cut on a finger while chopping vegetables for dinner, a dog bite.

The child actor, Kirsten, has survived. It’s twenty years after ground zero and she is traveling with The Symphony. They are a group of musicians and actors that travel around the upper Midwest performing in a circuit of small towns and communities that have arisen since the pandemic. The Symphony has left two of the company in one of these communities in order to safely deliver the couples baby. They return to find that the members were forced to leave the town when it was taken over by a militant religious group known as the light.

I loved this book. The story is fascinating. There are a lot of books out there that focus on what happens after the world, as we know it, ends. What will the survivors do? How long will it take to start over again? And this story attempts to answer that question. And it explores a bit about the world that is lost, and how to deal with those remembrances. And unlike many such books it focus more on the end and how it affects a group people, and how, after the turmoil, they begin to start being “civilized.”

Another thing I like about this book is that women are that women, it least in the groups of main characters, are not sent back to the stone age. Women are strong and capable of surviving without a man to protect and provide. Women can protect themselves, thank you very much. The conflicts faced by all survivors are equal. And that is something I enjoyed reading.

The Friday 56, #5

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate! 

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s my contribution:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel:Station Eleven

“The sun was setting, the citizens of St. Deborah by the Water gathering for the performance. Far fewer of them now than there had been, no more than thirty in two grim-faced rows on the grit of the former parking lot. A wolfish gray dog lay on its side at the end of the front row, its tongue lolling.”

I just finished this last night and I loved it. Do you think it’s a book you would read? Or have you read it? If so, what’d you think? Let me know in the comments!

It’s Monday, What are You Reading? June 20th

badgeLast week I didn’t get much reading done because I needed to do stuff and I participated in #WeekofReveiws challenge hosted by Andi at Estella’s Revenge. And I manged two write seven reviews!  If you would like to read my reviews, click here, here, here, here, here, and here.  It was a really gun challenge and helped me jump start my writing.

This week I’m determined to read. And I’m reading a book Ive been looking forward to for  a year or more: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I’ve seen good things about it all over the interwebs and from readers in my own house. I love dystopian novels so much! Plus, this book will also count towards the Read Harder 2016 challenge. When I finish Station Eleven I plan on starting The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn.

Station Eleven                      The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School in Paris