* Wildflower – Drew Barrymore
* Spells of Blood and Kin – Claire Humphrey
* Home is Burning – Dan Marshall
* My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff
* Safekeeping – Abigail Thomas
* Saga Volume 6 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
* Sum – David Eagleman
June was a really good month and was stuffed full of family time, visits with Jay, evenings with friends and good books! Looking through my monthly pictures, I realized just how much I actually did in the past 4 weeks. I went to a trivia night, met my cousin’s baby (the first great grandchild on my mom’s side), celebrated the release of my coworker’s first novel and attending her launch, saw a friend (and her adorable 6 month-old daughter) I haven’t seen in months, and finally, moved into a new department at work that I’ve been trying to get into for ages!
As for buying – this month I kept myself in line. I picked up Wildflower on recommendation from a family friend on the same night I went to see my coworker Claire read from her first book! It’s so exciting watching someone have that kind of success. Spells of Blood and Kin is a dark fantasy steeped in Russian folklore .. which I have not yet read. But will! I also picked up Home Is Burning during an online sale for a very nice price as I read the first chapter, loved it, but never bought it. The trade paperback is coming out soon and the cover has changed and I love the hardcover look, so I went for it. I’m hoping to pick it up soon!
The first thing I finished this month was Joanna Rakoff’s My Salinger Year – which I picked up on a whim last month. It was a perfect book, perfect time scenario and I enjoyed it so much. The first scene was fantastic: Joanna in her early twenties getting a job at the oldest literary agency in New York and on her first day, a snow storm hits and deserts the streets of Manhattan but she still shows up. Her boss class the office worried that she may be there and sends her home. On her walk home, she muses about how snowy and empty the streets are; something she never saw again. Though the story claims to centre around the fact that the agency represented J.D. Salinger, it was more a coming of age story, and I preferred it that way. I highly recommend this! Especially if you’re a huge book lover; the scene of her reading a new Judy Blume manuscript bundled in blankets in a freezing apartment is perfection.
Next, I finished my last Abigail Thomas memoir, which is bittersweet. I loved it, but now what do I do? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she has another few books in her because I’m not ready to let her go just yet. I have a hard time describing her writing because it’s not flowery or lyrical, but rather simplistic, poetic and expertly structured. I’ve expressed my love for her before, so I won’t start again, but just .. read her.
Then I finally read the new Saga! I read the issues, as the actual trade isn’t out yet and who has the patience for that. It also helps that my coworkers are huge fans too and someone always inevitably buys the issues and passes them around. It’s excellent. As always.
Lastly, after 6 months of reading a page here, a page there, I finished David Eagleman’s Sum. For a bit of background, Eagleman is a neuroscientist who also happens to be a fantastic writer. Sum is a collection of 40 tiny essays depicting different versions of possible afterlives. For a large bit of the book, I was feeling like I do in art galleries .. like I have no idea what I’m looking at and have no artistic sensibilities. Then, I began to read the short essays aloud (to myself) and found that I enjoyed them so much more. Sum is an odd, inventive little book!
And that about wraps it up for me! I intend to continue reading as much as possible, in hopes of somehow getting back on track for my Goodreads goal (SO BEHIND!) but until then, hope you also had a wonderful June!