Catching up – Monthly reading review – June

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Most of June I was busy and full of suspense for the trip to Japan. Reading took a backseat in most of my activities. Here are some of the books I finished reading since my last monthly reading review:

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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang ★★★★★

This is one of the last books I’ve read before the trip. I was interested in this graphic novel for a while now and last time I was visiting a library I decided to finally read it. I liked how the contemporary story of a young Chinese boy mixed with myths and legends from Chinese cultural background. It was an excellent story to read before my trip and made me want to learn more about Chinese mythology.

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How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard ★★★★

I was intrigued with this book due to the constant regret I feel when I fail at meeting my reading goals. The fact that this book even exists and is written by a college professor gives me hope. This was my kind of self help book for dealing with all those things I put myself trough due to reading habits and standards I made for myself. It made me learn more about my own prejudices about reading. While the book was enlightening I am still on my lifetime adventure to form myself as a reader.

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The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

It did not take many pages into the book to understand why this book got a Nobel prize in literature. It is an excellent way for anyone not from the Balkan area to gain insight into life and history of the Balkans. This was a reading assignment for my book club and I do believe that without that little extra push I would probably not read this book. I’m so glad I read it. The book only hints at many complexities of the nations, religions and cultures of the Balkan but it is an excellent start for anyone who wants to learn more. I have a feeling I am still not done with this author.

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I have some ideas for August but we will see how well my time management skills work 🙂

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