June Reads 2022

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I read twelve books in June. My total for the year is up to 79! I had to adjust my goal for the year to 100 since I already reached the 75. I’m sure I’ll get to 100 in no time and have to adjust it again, haha. I had a lot of nonfiction this month, so it’s hard to say which book was my favorite. But I’m leaning towards The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. Love me some gore.

Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson
I won’t say this book had anything groundbreaking to say about personality types, but it gave me some new insights and included tips on working with people different from you.
The real-life examples were pretty amusing. Probably the best parts of the book.
Another perk was the author didn’t feel like a broken record like other books I’ve read like this. Overall an okay read.

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
A very useful book with great lists and techniques. Alos included great examples of how to use the tips.
The writer added advice on the industry and what first reading will be looking for in a good story. Enjoyed it.

Police by Jo Nesbo
Not much I can say that I haven’t already said about this series. But I still love Harry Hole. Even when he makes terrible decisions, he’s still such a bad ass.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Tiktok made me do it.
I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. But it is a lovely story with beautiful details. It doesn’t all make sense in the end, but getting there was worth it. Ready to get into the second one to continue seeing what all the fuss is about.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
A great book with gore and nastiness. But I was constantly aggravated by the behavior of the husbands. None of them would stand by their wives? Ridiculous.
But it ended well enough for them. With a lot of blood and a dead vampire.

IRL by Tommy Pico *Read Harder Challenge #12*
A very lyrical and heartfelt poem that held nothing back. Packed with raw emotions and honesty of how it feels to be queer and dating life in the present day.
I connected with so much of what he had to say and devoured it in no time.
Must read again, and again.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
I enjoyed these short stories almost more than the first book in the series. And it makes me want to know more, so I guess they did their job.
The amount of back story and world building was incredible and detailed. A very rich and colorful experience.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
I skimmed through this book. It seemed to have a lot of repetitive ideas. But there were a few golden nuggets of inspiration.
I’ll keep it handy for times when I’m feeling stuck or need a push to get back to work.

You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy
I don’t have much to say about this book, besides it was very enlightening. It’s made me think about my own responses to conversations and I hope I’ll do better in the future to listen.

Doodling for Writers by Rebecca Fish Ewan
I loved this read. I used to draw all the time. I thought I needed to be great at something to spend time on it. But this put me back in the right frame of mind. Art can be for fun, not just work and I’m going to try harder to let art and doodling be a part of my life again.
I also liked how she gave examples on how to use it in the writing process and I’m going to implement those right away.

The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 6, Various contributors *Read harder challenge #18*
Overall, I enjoyed this collection. Individually, there were a few great stories, a few okay stories, and one or two I barely paid attention to.
What they all had in common, though, was great description. Most of them bordered on incredibly strange. But some were just plain weird, and a few didn’t really feel “finished.”
None of them really stood out as a favorite, but I enjoyed the reading.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice *Read harder challenge #20*
I loved this book or its rich detail and thorough backstory. The Mayfair files right in the middle of the book would probably be done differently today, but it was all beautiful. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending, but apparently the second book makes up for it. So I’ll have to read it soon to get over this one.
Michael and Rowan’s relationship was also a little odd to me, but I suppose it was the magic pushing them together, so I’ll forgive it.


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