June monthly wrap-up

I’ve decided to do a monthly wrap-up post each month to see how I’m doing on my blog and what’s going on in my personal life. I plan to link-up to a couple of blogs that host wrap-ups and reviews of their months. The Month in Review is hosted at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Personal life


My personal life has been on a roller coaster the last couple of months. My father-in-law died the first part of May. It was sudden, but not too unexpected since he was 89 and not in the best of health. My husband is the executor of the estate so he’s been very busy. We’ve made several trips back to his dad’s house as we all try to get the house ready to sell.

Daughter moving to Indiana

Then one of our daughters was offered a promotion, but it meant moving to Indianapolis. She jumped at the chance, because it’s a great job. However, she found out about the new job the first of June and starts July 2. That meant getting her house ready to sell and getting her household goods moved. The household goods won’t get moved until the middle of July and she was lucky to get such an early date. Family members have pitched in to help with painting, decluttering and cleaning. After all the work the house and yard look amazing. Her house is a Tudor style brick home and almost 100 years old, but is in really good condition. It has the original wood floors and lots of unique details. She’s loved living there.

The house went on sale June 26 and she got a full price cash offer at the end of that day! Amazing!!  All the hard work really paid off. The buyers want to close on the house the middle of July which works great. We just hope it all goes smoothly.

I’ve come with her to Indianapolis and will stay until right after the 4th of July. Then I’m going to stay for a few days with my older daughter who lives in Illinois. My younger daughter will be swinging through the second week in July to go back to Iowa so she can watch the movers pack her household goods and I will ride back to Iowa with her. I’m going to miss being in the same city, but I think the move to Indianapolis is a great one for her!

TV & Movies

We got rid of our satellite TV since it doubled in price. Now we’re streaming Netflix, Hulu, PBS and Amazon. We’re slowly getting used to the new set-up.  It seems to work well so far.

Yard & Garden


We’ve had lots of very wet and sometimes very hot days in June, but the plants I planted this spring are growing. One of the daylilies I planted about a month ago has even bloomed! My new rose is growing and has lots of new leaves. We had to put a chicken wire fence around it to keep bunnies and other little rodents from chomping it. The Japanese beetles start coming out in July around here and I’m hoping we don’t have too many since they were terrible last summer. It got very cold during the winter here in Iowa so I hope that killed some of the grub stage. They’ve loved some of the roses when we lived in other parts of the country. My new rose is so small I’d like to give it a good start this first year.

Blog life


I got a few more reviews finished and posted in June and quite a few others started. I’m also going to publish a post of my thoughts on the books read during a month. I have the January edition just about ready to post. It will have links to the review posts I’ve completed. I will also do a one or two sentence summary of those reviews. The books I haven’t reviewed on my blog yet will get mini reviews. I’m trying this method out to see how it will work. Hopefully, this method will at least get a few thoughts posted about my books.

I’m also trying to add at least a few sentences to Goodreads after I finish a book. That’s helping me when I sit down to write a review since I don’t always get my blog reviews started right away.

No internet in Indianapolis

I don’t have internet in Indianapolis, but when I get to Illinois I will have it so I’m hoping to work on blog posts as well as visiting other blogs. I didn’t get a chance to post much or visit other blogs and comment very much during the month of June. I’m hoping July will be a little better, but it also looks quite busy with some more travel planned.

Books read during June

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves (ebook)

Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell (ebook/Kindle Unlimited)

Silent City by Carrie Smith (ebook)

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (ebook)

Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman (ebook)

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (audio)

Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson (ebook)

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves (audio)

Books reviewed


The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffith (audio) — B+

The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein (audio) — B+

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny — A

Mini Reviews

Twelve Days of Faery by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B+

Fire in the Blood by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B

The First Chill of Autumn by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B+

My Challenges update

Goodreads Challenge

Goal–90 books read

By the end of June I’ve read 54 books toward my goal. I’m still 10 books ahead of schedule!

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Goal–read and review 26-35 mysteries (mysteries must be over 100 pages)

I’ve read 28 mysteries so far, but have only reviewed eight of those mysteries so far.

Discussion Challenge

Goal — 1 -10 discussion posts

I still haven’t written any discussion posts. 😦 Perhaps in July or August.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Goal — 40 prompts to the challenge

I’ve read nine books which match prompts.

Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Goal — 20 prompts for the challenge

I’ve read and reviewed four books which match this challenge.

What was the month like for you?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “June monthly wrap-up”

  1. Considering how busy you were, I’m impressed that you read so much. Good luck with the move, the estate, the plants, and everything. I hope you’re having a good July.


  2. Well, that’s an amazingly full-on month. I’m properly impressed you managed to pick up a book at all, never mind the number you got through AND wrote reviews for! Hopefully, after your first hectic week in July, you will be able to return home and put your feet up for a while. I wish your daughter all the very best of luck in her new home and her new job.


  3. I can see why she got such a good offer. That house is gorgeous and I love all the unique little features. I’m sure she’s sorry to leave it but how exciting about the promotion. You’ve got some impressive reading done considering all that’s going on. Hope July is fantastic!


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