WordPress 025 – Monthly Wrap-up 003 (June 2013)

Hi everyone, and happy Thursday!

I really love doing these monthly wrap-ups, just seeing how much I’ve read this past month as well as looking forward to what I will be reading next month.  So, this is my monthly wrap-up for June 2013, and I have quite a few books I plan to read soon.  Soon soon!

Finished in June

I was able to finish 2 of the 3 books I pulled from my Book Vase, so I’ll be doing that more each month!


Anthem by Ayn Rand

This was shorter than I expected it to be, but it was incredibly thought-provoking for me.  I have my Book Experience up on this, even though I wasn’t able to use enough words to adequately explain or describe what it made me think about.  I think it needs to be taken as a whole and see what you got out of it.


The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

This one was another surprise, and I’m so glad to have read it.  Good story, nice strong characters, and I already have the next two books that I will hopefully get to one day.  My Book Experience on this is also up, so you can take a look if you’d like.


Rules by Cynthia Lord

This is a book I’m reading with a student of mine who I tutor (and she picked it out), and I seriously just sat down with it one day and read the entire thing in like… an hour and a half or maybe two hours.  This book just pulled me in, and I loved the relationships between the characters (as siblings, as friends, etc.), especially when they have to deal with things that not everyone knows how to deal with, e.g. autism or speech impairment.  And they are really young as well, so there’s a kind of strength there too as well as some really surprising life lessons.  The one that I have pictured there is a library copy, but I hope to get my own copy one day because it’s a book I’d like to reread.


Inferno by Dan Brown

Yes, it was a present for myself, and I finally got it this month and read it in a few days.  I really love his writing style, his story-telling, and his female characters because his female characters have been pretty solid and strong.  I like Robert Langdon as a character as well, and all the twists that Dan Brown puts into the novel.  Never would have thought it was this person or that person, but when he reveals it, it just blows my mind.  I love it.  I was looking forward to this one because it had a lot to do with Dante’s Inferno, which I had to read and study rather deeply in a comparative literature class.  Really awesome.


On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

I’m not going to count this book toward my yearly total because I read this one for class in the first couple of weeks, but it is a pretty good book on writing well for nonfiction.  I had to keep in mind that it’s for nonfiction because some of the things in here conflicts so much with other kinds of writing, like creative writing.  I don’t think it’s as black and white as he makes it out to be.

Planned Books for July


The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo

Yes, this one was from my Book Vase last month, but I didn’t get around to it, so I will be reading it this month.


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

This is the next book I choose from my Book Vase, and I can’t believe I got Eragon!  It certainly has been on my shelved for a long time, so I suppose it’s about time I read it and see what it’s all about.  It’s like Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games that I need to read eventually to see what all the fuss is about.


With or Without You by Brian Farrey

I got this book a couple years ago from an English teacher convention, and it just seemed interesting.  I used to read a lot of GLBT literature, some that are very well-written, but I haven’t branched out too much because not all of them are well-written.  I decided to give this a try because hopefully, if it’s at an English teacher convention, it must have some merit.


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Another book I’m in the middle of that was chosen by one of the students I tutor, and it’s about time I give this a read.  I’m pretty sure I can read this faster, but I don’t want to get too far ahead.

And that is it for my monthly wrap-up, and I hope that everyone has another grand month of reading!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!


2 thoughts on “WordPress 025 – Monthly Wrap-up 003 (June 2013)

  1. Sharee Burton says:

    Donna….just got your book from Paperback Swap and was delighted to see you had a blog! I can’t wait until I have time to sit and read more–we have so many books in common. I’m reading Inferno now as well as The Great Gatsby. Loved Eragon and Inheritance but Brisinger is still on my shelf. Love Ayn Rand and have read Atlas Shrugged twice, Fountainhead, and Anthem. Liked the Smoke Thief by Shannon Abe, too.

    • Donna says:

      Hello Sharee, I’m glad you found my blog. :) I started this a few months ago, just a place to put all my book things.

      I finished Inferno, and I loved The Great Gatsby. Not so much when I first read it in high school, but when I read it again in college, I loved it that much more. I don’t know much about the Eragon series, despite it’s popularity, so I will see how that goes. Anthem was the first book by Ayn Rand I read, so I might check out the others. I also got the next two books in the Drakon series, (as you might see in my recent book haul), so I’m excited for that too!

      Hope to see you again soon, and thanks for visiting!

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