June/July Reading Roundup

August has arrived, which means in a month I start my final semester at Simmons University. The first two months of the summer have been busy as I took summer courses (hence the lack of a June RR), traveled, and have been working. I’m looking forward to soaking up some of my last lazy days before school starts!

Recent Blogs

For my summer course “Rereading Race in Classic Children’s Literature” I returned to my blogging roots for my final project with Contextualizing the Classics: The Borrowers and Front Desk and I broke down what I’ve been reading and what I still have on my list to read this summer in Some Summer Reading.

My last two posts for Hack Library School have both been somewhat summer related as I broke down my thoughts on Pandemic Summer 2.0 and shared about On-the-Job Learning (a lot of which was related to summer reading).

Books I read

Between reading for fun and reading for my summer classes (Which was about 4 or 5 novels a week for all of June), I read 62 books over the last two months! My classes were on children’s horror series and rereading race in classic children’s literature, so I read a lot of horror and then classics and either modern adaptations or books that responded in some way to those classics. As always, reviews and ratings of the books I’ve read can be found on my Goodreads page.

I’m skipping the favorite book review, mainly because I’ve already dished about several of my recent favorite books in my summer reading post (linked above)!

Books for Fun:

  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Twins by Varian Johnson
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  • Shattared Warrior by Sharon Shinn
  • Heartstopper v. 1 by Alice Oseman
  • Katie the Catsitter by Colleen A.F. Venable
  • The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
  • War and Speech by Don Zolidis
  • Hearstopper v. 2 by Alice Oseman
  • Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant
  • Three Keys by Kelly Yang
  • One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable
  • How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward
  • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
  • May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor
  • The Girl From the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Displacement by Kiku Hughes
  • The Leak by Kate Reed Petty
  • Letters From Camp by Kate Klise
  • Hearstopper v. 3 by Alice Oseman
  • O Human Star v. 1 by Blue Delliquanti
  • PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon
  • Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Clash by Kayla Miller
  • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
  • Camp Girls by Iris Krasnow
  • Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigiradar
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  • Besty-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Farmer Boy Goes West by Heather Williams
  • White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Books for Class:

  • Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones
  • Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Remember Me by Christopher Pike
  • Remember Me 2 by Christopher Pike
  • Remember Me 3 by Christopher Pike
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser
  • Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar
  • Asylum by Madeline Roux
  • Sanctum by Madeline Roux
  • Catacomb by Madeline Roux
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  • Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe
  • Half Magic by Edward Eager
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
  • Midsummer Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
  • Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
  • Spirit Hunters: The Island of Monsters by Ellen Oh
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier
  • Shadow in the Woods and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier
  • The Doll in the Hall and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier

Favorite Non-Book Things

Travel Destinations: Maine, Rhode Island, Colorado, Kansas

My weekends have been busy even with a class on Saturdays in June. Jake and I went to Acadia National Park for a long weekend in mid-June (where I did class from a coffee shop), we spent the 4th of July with his family in Rhode Island, then we went to Colorado/Kansas for my cousins wedding and snuck in a few hours in Rocky Mountain National Park, and we spent another weekend in Maine hiking and visiting our respective summer camps! While I’ve certainly been busy, it’s been great to see such great places and so many important people in our lives.

Ted Lasso

If you’ve been sleeping on the Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso, you really should watch it! It’s charming, wholesome, and hilarious. We tore through the first season and are watching the second season as it comes out. It’s totally worth the $5 a month or try binging it on a 7 day free trial. You won’t regret it.

The Addams Family

Along with reading for class, I got to watch a couple of movies for class, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Both were such great movies, and I couldn’t believe that I had never seen either before. Though they embrace dark humor, they do so in such a delightfully charming way.

The Haymarket

I’ve probably extolled the virtues of Boston’s Haymarket in a post before, but I’ll happily do it again. Where else can you get mass quantities of produce for under $10 and use to bake with and make meals with all week? If you know, tell me, until then I’ll keep going to the Haymarket to stock up! This week, I bought enough vegetables to make a great chicken/veggie stirfry with pesto and I’m going to bake blueberry scones soon!

Thanks for Catching up on My June/July Happenings! See you Soon for another update!

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