What I Read – June 2021


This Place: 150 Years Retold (Highwater Press, 2019)

Sufferance – Thomas King (Harper Collins Publishers, 2021)

A Children’s Bible – Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton, 2020)

A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry edited by Czeslaw Milosz (A Harvest Book, 1996)

Hao: Stories – Ye Chun (Catapult, 2021)

The Samurai – Shusaku Endo (A New Directions Paperbook, 2018) (translated from the Japanese by Van C. Gessel)

Currently Reading:

The Highly Sensitive Child – Elaine N. Aron

In Fine Form – edited by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve

The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton

2021 Goals:

Books Read: 36/100

Books Reviewed: 28/36

Asian Canadian Literature Challenge: 3

A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 2/12

Current TBR: 219 (previously 221)


It took me quite a while in June to really find my reading groove. The Samurai was a slow read for me; a good and thoughtful read but a slow one. Sufferance never quite pulled me all the way in. And A Book of Luminous Things was a poetry collection I’ve slowly been picking away at for much of the year so it was rather satisfying to finally complete it. Delving in to short stories with Hao helped me pick up my reading pace as did the short, weird book that is A Children’s Bible. Highlights of my reading month were The Samurai, Hao, and maybe A Children’s Bible. (Review and thoughts coming soon on all three.)

What’s Next:

This section is always wildly optimistic and often terribly wrong. I’ve recently begun The Devil and the Dark Water which I’m enjoying quite a bit already. My hold on Transcendent Kingdom finally arrived so I have to start that this week too. I’ve read the first two chapters of The Highly Sensitive Child and will probably skim the rest before I return it to the library. My next ARCs to read are Made in China by Anna Qu and The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore, both of which I would like to finish before their pub dates in August.

Other Reading:

This month my Bible Reading Plan paired reading about David and Solomon in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles with reading Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. My reading in the New Testament was Romans, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy.

At bedtime with the girls we finished reading Heidi and have started Anne of Green Gables.

How was June for reading for you? What were your highlights? Any summer reads you’re excited about?

8 thoughts on “What I Read – June 2021”

    1. I haven’t read it in years but I loved Montgomery’s books as a kid and read them over and over again. As soon as I started reading Anne out loud I felt this lovely sense of homecoming!

  1. Awwww, I really hope you include how the girls are responding to Anne of Green Gables in your weekly highlights 🙂

    Lydia Millet’s books sound fun. I could have sworn I read one of her Soft Skull Press books, but looking at Wikipedia, none of the titles stand out. Weeeeird.

    1. Maybe I will! We just finished chapter 3 and Pearl is quite concerned over whether or not Anne will be able to stay at Green Gables.

      You might enjoy A Children’s Bible. Several reviews on Goodreads say they prefer her other books but this is the first I’ve read from her.

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