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Over the past couple of months, I've read a few books that I didn't get a chance to review yet. These were all enjoyable in different ways and are recommended reads. A Will to Kill by R. V. Raman I've been looking for an Indian mystery for a while now. So when I came across A Will to Kill in Netgalley set in one of my favorite places in India (also close to my home town), I just had to request it. In so many ways, this is a typical Agatha Christie type mystery - there's a death (in an isolated mansion, no less) and the investigator/detective tries to solve the mystery. Harith Athreya is visiting the owner of the mansion, Bhaskar Fernandez, where a small gathering has been planned for the owner's relatives and friends. Bhaskar has written two wills - and how he dies will determine which will goes into effect. That night, there is a murder and Athreya spends the next few days trying to find the culprit. I generally enjoy the Agatha Christie class of murder mysteries.

Month in Review - June 2010

 

Boy, we are really halfway through the year, isn't it? Soon, 2010 will be history. When I thought of this, I suddenly remembered that it has been six months since I started book blogging! I am shamelessly as bad now about time management as I was when I started, so far as blogging and catching up with the blogosphere is concerned. I still feed my reader more blogs, as I come across a new interesting one. I'm shaking things a bit in this post. I had a slow first half of June, but caught up with reading in the second half. So here's what my reading this month looked like:


In spite of a slow first half in June, I did read quite a lot more during the second half. It's nice to end a month joyfully! I also got a nook this month and had an awesome weekend getaway to DC! I'm still doing 12 challenges (one perpetual, and one my own summer challenge), and I am finally coming to terms with the possibility that I will not complete all of them by the end of the year.

Other posts
Did you miss my chat with Claire Avery, author of Hidden Wives?
I also listed five of my recent intriguing bookish book-loving characters.

Yay for challenges I am acing at
  1. 100+ Reading Challenge: 52/100
  2. Support your Local Library Challenge: 30/50
  3. Flashback Reading Challenge: 5/9
  4. Women Unbound Challenge: 4/5
  5. A to Z Challenge: 35/52
  6. POC Challenge: 8/10
And then there are these challenges
  1. Awesome Author Challenge: 2/10
  2. 451 Challenge: 1/7
  3. Original TBR Challenge: 4/12
  4. Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: 3/10
  5. Summer Reading Challenge: 1/6
  6. Orange Prize Project: 0

June Stats
Number of books: 10
Number of pages read: 2828
Number of Audio Books: 1
Hours listened to (completed audio books only): 11 hours, 9 minutes

Zero Re-reads | 7 New-to-me authors | 2 Male authors | 8 Female authors

Comments

The1stdaughter said…
Wow! You are amazing! Almost 3000 words this month alone, and so many great books! Keep it up! I honestly can't believe how fast the year is going...please slow down, really! :o)
I read and/or reading 3 of those books :)

You had such a good June! Congrats! It may have started slow but you finished STRONG!
Molly said…
What a successful June you have had! I am so impressed that you take the time to track all these stats for the month. I don't even think about doing it until I read a post like this one :)

Here's to a great July!!
Care said…
For it being June, I'm very behind on my year of reading goals, but for some reason I'm OK with that. I've had a good month and May was decent. Maybe I can catch up afterall.
Congrats on being half way to 100! Great progress.
Belle Wong said…
What a great reading month June was for you!
It's so amazing how well you keep up with all the stats! And a nook! I'm kind of envious...I have a kindle...the nooks just look so very cool! and the loaning thing you can do with the nooks is fabulous! enjoy!
You had a terrific June and what great progress with your challenges as well!
Vasilly said…
What a great reading month? What was your favorite book read in June?
Athira said…
Danielle, I wish the year slowed down a bit too! It's June already. :-o

Felicia, I'm definitely glad I finished strong, else I might have slipped into one of those nasty ruts.

Molly, I get some kind of pleasure by keeping track of those stats. LOL! There were more, but I thought I was overdoing. ;-)

Care, so long as you have a good quality month, I guess it doesn't really matter how many you read. :)

Belle, thank you! It truly was!

Stacy, I love my nook! I enjoy cozying up to it. I need to get through my current review books, so that I can get to reading it more.

Diane, thank you! I'm glad that my June was better than my May.

Vasilly, I LOVED Still Alice most of all. It was so beautiful!
Aleksandra said…
You did great! I haven't read any of those books, but I'm planning to read Leviathan soon!