Richer Reading Life Update

We’ve made it halfway through the year! Is my reading life richer?


  • By a woman – The Bell Jar
  • By a POCBad Feminist
  • By a LGBT+ personMore Than This
  • Deals with Mental Illness
  • Woman in Politics
  • Author over 65
  • Author from Africa
  • Takes place in Asia
  • Indie press – Pedal Zombies
  • TranslationSings Preceding the End of the World
  • PoetryPoisoned Apples 
  • Published before 1850
  • Genre I typically avoid
  • Award Winner
  • Audiobook
  • Recommendation

I have Poetry done and a few others picked out. I can knock off two casual challenges as well as one of these with a library book. However I had so many holds come in at the same time, I didn’t get around to it. The titles I have in mind shouldn’t be going anywhere in the next six months so hopefully I’ll be more productive in the next quarter.



  • Ask a local librarian for a recommendation
  • Ask someone I respect for a recommendation and read it right away
  • Read outsideoutside a restaurant, near some shops, and on the beach
  • Read a book that looks like it will make you uncomfortable
  • Read out loud to someone I loveBoyfriend and Ghostly Encounters
  • Dog ear a page – Never Open Desert Diner quotes
  • Write in margins
  • Give away a book that’s been in my TBR a long time Most of my 2nd quarterly cull
  • Cull 10 books from my collection and don’t bring any home for a month Culled? Check. Working on the no-new books.
  • Attend a reading event near me – This Is Why You’re Single sketch show and book tour
  • Read the book, watch the movie, debate which is better
  • Listen to an audio book of a physical book I DNF
  • Listen to a podcast about booksDear Book Nerd and BookTube
  • Memorize a poem
  • Read one page of a holy book of faith I was not raised with
  • Have a conversation about books with someone you’ve never talked books with before MRI tech

Talking books with someone I’ve never talked books with before was difficult. Most of my friends are readers so books come up easily and often. However, I wasn’t expecting to connect with the fellow doing my MRI. We had a lovely chat, enjoy the same poets, and I recommended a book. I wanted to spread out my outdoor reading just so it would feel more meaningful. I was able to cross off my final location while on a trip to the coast. Boyfriend wanted to check out some attractions while I wanted to relax with my book. Win-win if you ignore the sunburn.

Reading aloud was much easier than I thought. I was wracking my brain for what to do and then a ghost hunter memoir I suggested came into the library. Jeff Scott Cole thought to include QR codes so we could see and (mostly) hear the evidence he collected. I shared several EVPs with Boyfriend and read to him from those chapters for context. As for the culling, I have definitely culled more than 10 books in this latest purge. Can I be good for the month of July?

Based on the speed at which my library holds seem to be coming in, possibly. We’ll see how it goes.



  1. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  2. This Is Why You’re Single by Laura Lane & Angela Spera
  3. Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken & Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The Green Man by Ellen Datlow
  5. Sisters of the Revolution edited by Ann VanderMeer
  6. Sharkpunk edited by Jonathan Green
  7. The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Blonsky & Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  8. Headscarves & Hymens: Why the Middle Easy Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

I was left largely unattended in a book store while returning a duplicate I got for a gift. At least it was an indie bookstore. I plan on acquiring more books from a different indie later this year. Hopefully I can finally make good on one of my activities and not bring any books home in July.


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