Half the year is over! To make my goal of reading 110 books by the end of the year I should have completed 55 books by June 30th. I can happily say I was finished with 95 books at the end of June!!! WOOT WOOT! I’m clearly going to make my goal of 110 by the end of July, so upon completion I’ll re-evaluate my goal and up it.
This summer has proved to be one of the busiest of my life, and June continued that trend. The beginning of June was my sister’s bridal shower, (her wedding is the end of July – YAY!) and man was it fun! My sister BEGGED us to play toilet paper bride at the shower. If you’re unfamiliar with this game let me enlighten you. You split up into teams, are given toilet paper and other “accessories”, and must dress one member of your team in a bridal gown of toilet paper. It is by far one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and the creations are hysterical. Two of my mother’s friends must have been dressed in four rolls of toilet paper a piece. Then of course my cousins made my sister an EPIC hat using all the ribbons from her gifts. Seriously, the hat was enormous. (Just check out the picture)
The weekend following Todd and I flew out to Columbus, Ohio for his cousin’s wedding. This trip marked the farthest west I’ve ever been in the US! We don’t get to see Todd’s extended family much since the majority of them are in Ohio, so not only was it great being there for the wedding, but it was wonderful visiting with Todd’s family.
Our Relay For Life event took over our lives for the third and fourth weeks of June. The event went off WONDERFULLY and we’ve raised over $100,000 to-date! I met my personal goal of raising $1,000 and was SO damn happy! We had beautiful weather and the event was just perfect. It was unfortunately my last year as an event chair (as I’ve been a chair for three years) and I couldn’t have asked for it go any better than it did.
Probably my favorite event of the whole month was last weekend when I got to meet ROBERT GOOLRICK!! If you don’t know who he is then you’ve been living under a rock! Robert wrote A Reliable Wife and just came out with his newest novel, Heading Out To Wonderful. My favorite bookstore R.J. Julia hosted an evening with him in their bookstore and honestly I’ve never looked forward to something more than this! He was absolutely hysterical and I was mesmerized as he read two chapters from Heading Out To Wonderful. Being able to chat with him later on as he signed my books was heavenly. AH. I’m still in disbelief that I got to meet him!
Anyway, enough about what I did. What did I read!?! I finished 12 books this month and The Siren by Tiffany Reisz was HANDS DOWN my favorite of the month. I keep telling people that it’s 1,000 times better than the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and that they should read it instead! The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen came in at a close second! I kept it eclectic for June – erotica, historical fiction, Jane Austen fan fiction, etc. Someone needs to give me a romance novel intervention. I literally can’t get enough. HELP.
Alright folks, enough of my rambling. What have been some of your favorite author meetings? Who do you want to meet? What did you read this month? Any good books you want me to add to my list?
As always…..happy reading!