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What I Read – June

June was a great month for reading! I can’t believe how much time I was able to spend reading!

I still have a few books in progress since May but since I own them (I prefer to buy non-fiction so I can mark it up) they keep getting pushed down the priority list for library books.

Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

After reading Circe last month I decided to try another title by Madeline Miller. I started with the Libby book but was happy to also find it available through KindleUnlimited. Before starting this book had little background on the story of Achilles. Apparently, there are two versions of the story of Achilles and Patroclus; one where they are close comrade and another where they are lovers. This story follows the story line that they are lovers. For me, this story dragged on. Once I got to a certain point in the book I felt compelled to keep reading but this is a book that I could have easily abandoned. I honestly can’t point out what kept me reading. Now that I know they there are multiple versions of this story I am considering reading more by other authors.

China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

I listened to China Rich Girlfriend through Libby, through my library. I enjoyed this story just as much as the first book and I feel that the narrator did a good job. There is something about extreme extravagance of the lifestyles and the complex relationships that are depicted in this series that keep me interested.

The third book in the series, Rich People Problems, will be on my July list.

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything – Anne Bogel

This book was a surprise. I enjoyed the previous title by Anne Bogel, I’d Rather be Reading, and decided to give another title a read. Based on the title, I expected this book to be about people who read soooooo you can imagine my surprise when I realize it is about personality types. Fortunately, I find personality types interesting and will take just about any quizzes that come across my path. I particularly enjoyed this book because Anne covers multiple personality tests including Myers-Brigg, Love Languages, Strength Finders, and more. I really enjoyed having all of these summaries in one place. I also loved that there was a chapter on Highly Sensitive Personalities, a recent topic of interest.

The Last Romantics – Tara Conklin

This was a recommendation from the Modern Ms. Darcy (Anne Bogel) 2019 summer reading challenge. The story of 4 siblings after the untimely death of their father, their mothers spiral into grief, and their journey into adulthood. It was an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending although the title only has a nominal tie to the content. I will definitely give other books on this challenge a try.

The Home for Unwanted Girls – Joanne Goodman

This was by far my favorite book of the month. The story kept me coming back for more for as long and as often as I could manage. I am pretty sure I “grabbed” this title on a whim after seeing it at Costco and I am so glad I did. Inspired by a true story of 1950’s Quebec where children born our of wedlock were immediately forfeited to orphanages. When it was determined mental asylums were determined to be a more lucrative endeavor all of the orphans a suddenly deemed mentally deficient. A story of young love, loss, and the journey of a mother and daughter to find a life that was stolen from them.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler – John Hendrix

I am pretty sure I came across this title in an article from World Magazine that I picked up at the Greenville Great Homeschool Convention in March. I added it to my library hold list to slip through to see if it would be appropriate to read with my son. Although it is not appropriate material for him at this point I decided to read it myself because I wanted to learn more about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Although I know him to be a “modern day” martyr I was excited to learn more about his story. The font was difficult to read at time but overall I enjoyed the format, content, and aesthetic of the book. If you, or a young adult in your life, enjoy non-fiction and/or biographies I enthusiastically recommend this book.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

I am a long time fan of the 1949 film but had never read the book. I can’t remember what caused me to take the leap this month but I am so glad that I did. As expected, the book revealed so many details that the movie was missing! I learned so much more about Jo and now have Jo’s Boys and Little Men on my list to read.

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy – Jamie C. Martin

This book was in high demand in my library. Apparently there are a lot of introverted moms in the greater Charlotte area that needed a little affirmation. I couldn’t help learn about this booked because it was all over my podcast list and my Instagram feed. On an interview with Pam Barnhill, Jamie Martin made the first mention I had heard about highly sensitive personalities. This is a personality trait that I had misunderstood and needed to learn more about. The part specifically about introversion were really just an affirmation of what I already knew and felt, but the information about HSPs was very helpful in understanding myself and putting a name to some of my struggles.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall

Okay so this is another young adult title. I included it on my list for 2 reasons. 1 – I think its fun to share the chapter books I am reading/listening aloud with my son. 2 – I loved this story and couldn’t wait for opportunities to listen. This was more difficult than other books because I had to wait for opportunities when both me and my little guy were settled at the same time, usually to and from swim lessons.