june 2015 books

Reading Wrap-Up: June 2015

june 2015 books

I think summer reading suits me. Well, summer reading when I’m not working, to be clear. I don’t have secret magic powers, just way more time than usual. The good news on the work front is that I’ll be doing more research on the same project in the Fall, continuing to teach online classes, and (hopefully!) applying to start a PhD program in January. I guess it’s best I’m getting all this reading time now.

Looking back, June was pretty amazing in both quantity and quality. I’m really loving this mix of library books, slightly backlist titles, and ARCs—I think it’s a blend I’m going to stick with. Several of these are July releases, so reviews are still on the way!

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
The Butcher’s Trail by Julian Broger
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green
Secessia by Kent Wascom
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Perfection of the Paper Clip by James Ward
The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
The Hunters by James Salter
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Best Book of the Month

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (with Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami very close behind!)


How was your reading in June?


  • Holy cow, that is a massive number of books, way to go! And Murakami made it in the top two?! You made my week. :)

  • Holy crow, that a great month. Absolutely fantastic! So many I want to read too….

  • So! Many! Books! Also, it makes me feel better to realize that even blogging superstars like yourself only review some of them, rather than all, even with the July releases. :)

    Also, not sure if it’s just my screen, but your main blog post area is cutting into your sidebar, so I’m missing a few words. I’m gonna pull it up on my work computer, and I’ll keep you updated if it’s the same issue.

  • Wow, great month. I definitely have Last Pilot and Prince Edward County on my radar.

    And Fifteen Dogs was your favorite… never heard of it before! Would a person who doesn’t like dogs (sorrynotsorry!) like this book?

    • I definitely think it could work for a non-dog fan…they really take on human attributes, so it doesn’t really feel like you’re reading about cuddly dogs.

  • Holy cats, lady! You did some great reading last month! (And I’m glad you get to do more research for that project!)

  • Jennine G.

    You are one of my go-to places for books I’ve never heard of! I know I’ll find books outside of the usual I read!

  • Great month! Glad you got started on some murakami…I read Colorless after 1Q84 and was a bit underwhelmed, but I think it suffered from being compared in my head to 1Q84, which I thought was basically a masterpiece!

  • Girl, you killed it this month. MANY books on this stack I would like to get to! What will you be getting your PhD in, if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve been thinking about going back for mine (in Nursing)… but kind of want to have a kid first… and see if I can get someone else to pay for it – the PhD, that is, not the kid.

    • Pretty sure it will be in Special Education and Disability Policy – hope everything goes as planned! And yes, totally agree on getting it paid for ;)

  • You really did kill the reading thing in June! I thought I was killing it with 13 but 15. Record setting.
    A PhD! Amazing! You definitely should get the leisure reading in now hahaha
    I hate summer but I love reading outside. When I’m not getting eaten alive by mosquitoes or getting burnt by the sun anyway. Is it too early to wish for fall?

    • The bugs and heat have been horrible here lately, so I haven’t even been reading on the porch like usual. I’m much more a Fall reader, too!

  • Wow! Look at the books! By the sounds of your Fall, I guess you better get them in now. :)

  • Saint Mazie sounds so good, to me; I enjoyed Sarah’s thoughts and I can’t wait to hear yours, as well. I’m definitely going to get to The Perfection of the Paper Clip, one of these days! So jealous of your reading time; work is silly – ha! Hope you’re having a great day, Shannon!

    • I’m probably not going to review Saint Mazie, since I read it for a Tumblr book club, but I fell more toward the like camp…it was a good one, just didn’t totally win me over.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Hooray for a great month! I should be getting Saint Mazie from the library soon and I am so excited!

  • God damn! Teach me how to be you. This looks like a very excellent collection of books. Still blowing my mind that this is like… one book every two days. But I’ll try to hold it in. Congrats on the potential PhD plans! Exciting!

  • I just picked up Fifteen Dogs from the library and look forward to it. I miss my summers off and am seriously thinking about quitting my job so I can just read more. But you know, the $$ thing. ;)

  • Sarah Says Read

    What did you think of Come As You Are? I bought it a couple weeks ago but haven’t started it yet, since I was reading Missoula… *shudders*

    • SO GOOD. Strangely enough, there’s a section in it that made me think of Missoula/how much Come As You Are is needed on college campuses.