Monday, June 01, 2009

Looking Ahead To June

For Vasilly who was curious about what my June reading list might look like. I've committed to reading 30 books in 30 days. And some of these are 'required' reading. And some of these are somewhat spontaneous choices. The thing with "spontaneous" choices is that while they're spontaneous when you're putting them on your list, by the time you get to them, they're not so spontaneous anymore because they've been on a list. But all of these are books I really want to read this month. Probably, I could have had fifty titles listed.

1. When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne (Daring Book Challenge; June 15th deadline)
or Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne (Daring Book Challenge; June 15th deadline)
2. Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
3. The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (Blog Tour June 10th)
4. Darkwood by M.E. Breen (Blog Tour June 22nd)
5. Bride in the Bargain by Deeanna Gist (Blog Tour June 17th)
6. Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell (Blog Tour June 29th)
7. Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline)
8. Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline)
9. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline)
10. The Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline)
11. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline) or Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (Second Canadian Challenge; July 1, deadline)
12. City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier (Nerds Heart YA; June 21rst deadline)
13. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link (Nerds Heart YA; June 21rst deadline)
14. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Group read with The Well-Read Ladies)
15. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (The Page flipper's bookclub)
16. Middlemarch by George Eliot (Middlemay of Fill in the Gaps 100 Project)
17. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (Classics Challenge, Trollope Challenge, Victorian Challenge, Fill in the Gaps Challenge, etc.)
18. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Reading with Becky online group)
19. Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (Fill in the Gaps, Final Frontier, 42 Challenge)
20. Airhead by Meg Cabot
21. The Indigo King by James A. Owen (TBR 2009)
22. Nation by Terry Pratchett (TBR 2009)
23. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (TBR 2009)
24. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
25. The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
26. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
27. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
28. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
29. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
30. Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America by Robert Charles Wilson

Alternates may come from the library (library loot in late may) and my book diving (book diving).

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Anonymous,  1:58 PM  

I'm doing the Summer Reading Blitz too, but I haven't made a list of books to read yet. I have a few that are required too, but mainly I think I'll just try to reduce a part of my YA TBR pile! I'll follow you through RSS so I can follow how you're doing with the challenge - and cheer you up if you need it :)

Melissa 4:04 PM  

30 books in 30 days? I'd say that was ambitious, but not for you. :)

BTW, I gave you an award...

Paige Y. 5:03 PM  

At least you have the 48 Hour Book Challenge to help you get to 30. Next week is my last week of work before summer break but even so I'll be happy to get 15 books read in June.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth 10:59 PM  

I loved The Blue Castle and Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery. I'm participating in the Reading Blitz too. This is definitely the most ambitious challenge I've done yet and I'm so excited about it!

Debi 6:00 AM  

I'd wish you luck, but I know you'll do just fine without it. But wow, Becky...30 books, and a lot of those could in no way be considered "short" either! I've been thinking that June would be a good month to push myself and see if I can't finish 15. Yeah, I'll bet you've NEVER had a month when you didn't read at least 15 books, huh? But for me, it would be a major achievement!

Jess 11:23 AM  

I just finished Wicked Lovely this weekend and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too!

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