June Wrap-Up & July TBR

So June is over and it was a lovely month all around, really – good weather, a nice holiday and most of all, a tonne of reading! It’s pretty crazy that it’s already July – over half way through the year, closer to next Christmas than last Christmas – it’s just crazy!

As for reading in June, it’s been pretty damn good! The lowest rating I gave a book was 3/5 and I’m really, really happy with the level of variety in my reading. I may not have conquered every book on my rather minute TBR but I did manage 11 books in total – I just wasn’t in the mood for MaddAddam (which I will remedy next month!) but yeah, it’s been a whirlwind of a month!

Also, in June I reached 100 subscribers (which is infinitesimal I know, but I am so happy!) and 500 likes – which is quite a feat in just under a year of actively blogging! So I really just want to thank you all for giving me the warm fuzzies!

Now, on to the stats.

June Stats:

So, as I said I read 11 books in June. It came to a total of 3936 pages with a split of 5 male authors and 6 females. I really read a lot of variety in genre, there was classics, modern classics, literary fiction, light fantasy… it’s been wonderful! I’ve loved the variety and want to make the conscious effort to do that more because I feel I’ve appreciated and enjoyed each book more because of it. I also read two books by PoC – although they were well known authors (Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro)

So, my average rating this month was 4/5 – there were a couple of 3s and one 5 but it averaged out nicely at 4! I also averaged 358 pages per book – which is for some reason a statistic I’ve failed to mention previously!

My only 5* book this month was To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf but honestly, there were other books that I enjoyed just as much on the whole. I loved The Shadow of the Wind, I loved The Bone Clocks, I loved The Remains of the Day and The Paying Guests. There were just so many good books that I can honestly say have gone on my favourites this month and… it’s really reignited my love of reading, before I was feeling a little slumpy but now I feel good about it!

July TBR:

I was going to not even bother with a TBR for this month, however I feel I do like to have a few ideas of books to read and there are a lot of books I would like to get to over the Summer so I’ve decided to put something together. Now the photo is shocking as the lighting was abysmal but here’s a brief overview of my TBR for July

As you can see it’s quite varied. There’s only one classic this month & that’s The Count of Monte Cristo as it is a beast and I want to take my time with it. The same goes for Sapiens which is a beast of a non-fiction book. All the Light We Cannot See was my pick for the book group I’m part of and I have already started and, so far, I’m liking it. Half of a Yellow Sun is one that has been on my TBR for a long time and, after reading Americanah in January, I have wanted to explore more of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s work; I’ve heard this is her best (there is also a movie which I’m quite interested to check out. So let me know if you’ve read the book and/or watched the movie and what you thought.) Finally, there are two from my most recent haul – Dorothy Must Die and The Honours both of which I actually really can’t wait to get around to so naturally they’ve both jumped a considerable number of books to join this months TBR – which is unusual as I believe both of them are YA which is really not my usual fare (as is All the Light We Cannot See, actually)!

I’m unaware of any read-a-thons this month (if you know of any, do tell!) but I’m going to try and tackle as much of my pile of books to read as possible over the next couple of months. I’ve had a considerable number of additions to my collection lately so I’m going to aim to read a fair number of them! I may compile a spreadsheet or something of books I own in order to see how many I have read/haven’t read and share it with you so you can make suggestions!

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading, liking and subscribing! Every like, comment or subscription makes me happy so thank you!

6 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up & July TBR

  1. misplacedselchie says:

    I want to read All The Light We Cannot See sooo bad. I am on a waiting list at the library for it and have been for months now. I think I put my request in for it in March o.o I just might go out and buy it. I can’t wait to see what you think about it 🙂

    • ashleighmuses says:

      I managed to pick it up at a reasonable price, actually! But I know so many people in my book group who are having trouble locating it given that it went in to paperback a couple of months ago here in the UK and was in most of the paperback charts and still, they’re having trouble with months long library waiting lists and the more affordable stores not having it in stock!

      Hopefully will get through it by the end of the weekend so you’ll not have too long of a wait! 🙂

      • misplacedselchie says:

        Yeah I keep hearing how amazing it is, but no one I know has read it. I know I can get it on my Kindle right away but historical fiction books like that…I just have to have them in my hands, you know? I hope the people in your group are able to locate a copy soon!

  2. lydiaemilyy says:

    Congrats on the 100 subscribers~! That’s definitely not an infinitesimal number, it only seems it because the “big” bloggers out there have a ridiculous number of subscribers! Also I am so behind on reading blogs at the moment (i don’t even have an excuse haha) but I’m so glad to read that you loved To The Lighthouse, I’m going to go have a stalk and find your review of it!!

    • ashleighmuses says:

      Ahhh! Thank you. Yeah, 100 is a huge number for little old me – I think blogging is a somewhat forgotten art form with BookTube now so big. Even booktubers with huge numbers of subscribers seem to have nearly half or fewer on their written blog!

      Ah, I’m going to have to retread To the Lighthouse again soon because once just wasn’t enough – as with all Woolf, once is never enough! I really don’t think my review does it justice!

      • lydiaemilyy says:

        Same, which is such a shame because blogging is so lovely! Gosh I can’t even imagine having the same number of subscribers on my blog? Like I know I’m terrible at posting regularly which doesn’t help, but my blog has like 60 subs and my channel has like 1500???? Which is a crazy difference.

        It’s hard to do Woolf justice I think! She’s just perfect basically. Bae ♥ I need to actually buy it at some point, because I read a library copy but now I really want it in my life!

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