Books Read in July 2017

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I didn’t get as much reading done in July as I had planned, so I didn’t make as much progress on my reading goals as hoped. Though, I did finish the Popsugar reading challenge. I’ve been wanting to finish the Nancy Drew books this summer, but haven’t had much time to read them. For August, I hope to finally finish them. Below are the books I read in July. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

JULY

Gilmore Girls Season 6 Books
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Secret of the Forgotten City by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
*Finished this reading challenge on 7/31/17!
The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane – a book set in a hotel.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – a book you bought on a trip.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – a book that takes place over a character’s life span.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez
Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Update on My 2017 Reading Goals

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Earlier in the year, I wrote about my reading goals for 2017. I thought it would be nice to do a mid-year recap and see how I’m doing toward my reading goals. I’ve done a lot of reading this year, so I’m a little ahead on my goals. I even decided to add one more goal since I’ve been reading so much. Listed below are my reading goals, and how I stood on each goal at the end of June. I know, I’m posting this in mid July, but I like the idea of looking at how I did in the first six months. That said, since I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks, I’ve read more than this post reflects. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

✓1. Gilmore Girls Season 2 books
— Finished on March 29, 2017

2. Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
— I have 36 of the 47 books on this list. So, 11 more books to go!

✓3. The Twilight novels
— Finished on March 26, 2017

4. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
— I’ve read 51 of the 64 books on this list. I was hoping to finish this goal in July, but it’ll probably be August when I finish the Nancy Drew books.

5. Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
— I’ve read 48 of the 52 books on this list.

✓6. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
— Finished on June 13, 2017

7. 25 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
—- I’ve read 18 books off this list. My goal is to read 25 books, but really, I’m hoping to read more.

8. 20 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters list
—- I’ve read 9 books off this list. My goal was to read 20 books, but I’m upping it to 25. And really, I’d like to read more than that.

New goal:
9. Gilmore Girls Season 4 books
— I’ve made so much headway on the Gilmore Girls reading challenge, that I want to read even more than originally planned. So, I’m adding the Season 4 books to my reading goals. I’ve read 14 of the 22 books on this list, so I think it will be doable to check this season off my list too.

Books Read in June 2017

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My reading goals for June were to finish the reading challenges. I did finish the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading for Growth challenge,and I almost finished the Popsugar reading challenge. For other reading goals, I am hoping to finish the Nancy Drew books in July. Below are the books I read in June. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

JUNE

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Books
We Owe You Nothing by Daniel Sinker

Gilmore Girls Season 4 Books
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Double Jinx Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Mystery of the Glowing Eye by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson – a book by a person of color.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – a book involving a mythical creature.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – a book you loved as a child.
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush – a book written by someone you admire.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – a book with a family member term in the title.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz – a book about an immigrant or refugee.
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow – a book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of.
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs – a book that’s been mentioned in another book.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – a book based on mythology.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
GROWTH – FINISHED!
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – a book nominated for an award in 2017.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Book Club by Bill Barnes
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

5 of Our Favorite Bedtime Books

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Every night at bedtime, Gavin picks a book (or three) and settles in my lap while we read books together. We’ve read a lot of books, but we do have a few favorites that we read over and over… and over! Gavin has a nice collection of books to choose from, and we’re always adding more books. The books listed below are ones we own and have read numerous times. We do check books out at the library a lot, and we usually read those at night too. I’m not including any of those on this list, but I definitely recommend using your local library to find new books to read together.

5 of Our Favorite Bedtime Books:

1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

2. The Goodnight Train

3. Steam Train, Dream Train

4. The Going-To-Bed Book

5. Goodnight Moon

Books Read in May 2017

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In May, for my 2017 reading goals I tried to focus more on the reading challenges. I finished the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading for Fun challenge. I also made a lot of headway on the Popsugar reading challenge. I am hoping to finish the Nancy Drew books this summer, so I’m going through them pretty quickly to finish up that reading goal. Below are the books I read in May. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

MAY

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Marathon Man William Goldman
Deenie by Judy Blume
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet by Carolyn Keene
The Moonstone Castle Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes by Carolyn Keene
The Phantom of Pine Hill by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery of the 99 Steps by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Crossword Cipher by Carolyn Keene
The Spider Sapphire Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Invisible Intruder by Carolyn Keene
The Mysterious Mannequin by Carolyn Keene
The Crooked Banister by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of Mirror Bay by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – a book that is a story within a story. This book is also on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré – An espionage thriller.
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux – A book involving travel.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – A steampunk novel.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – A book set in the wilderness.
The Vegetarian by Kang Han – A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – A book that’s more than 800 pages.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – a book about a difficult topic.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Fun – FINISHED!
Divergent by Veronica Roth – A book you’ve already read.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy – A book in a genre you usually avoid.

Growth
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson – A book of any genre that addresses current events.

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
Fortune by Erica Spindler
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen