June 2020 Reading Wrap-up! #BookBlog #BookReview #WrapUp

Well, I went on a little bit of an unintentional hiatus in June. I was busy with work and other things in life and I just didn’t have the time or energy to sit down and write reviews… and that is okay. I always told myself that I was doing this blog for the love of reading and sharing my thoughts about books with others, and I never wanted it to feel like a chore. I didn’t stop reading though, so hopefully I am going to blast you with some book reviews in July!

Now the details! Below you will find a summary of my June reading, upcoming books, and my reading stats so far this year.

Click on the links to read my full reviews.

Books Completed/Reviews Posted

  1. Subversive by Raena Rood ★★★★★
  2. The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale ★★★★★

(Note: If you didn’t see my Princess in Black review go check it out. I had my 3 year old granddaughter provide a video review of the Princess in Black. It is super cute.)

Finished Reading in June (reviews to be posted in July)

  1. The Vacation by T.M. Logan
  2. The Apartment by K.L Slater

Did Not Finish (DNF)

None this period.

Currently Reading

  1. ARC – When I Meet You by Oliva Newport (yes, I am still reading this one and I fear it may end up a DNF)
  2. ARC – Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan: A Novel of a Life in Art by Deborah Reed
  3. Personal Choice – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Up Next in my Reading Queue (TBR in July)

  1. The Essence of Darkness by Tom Clearlake – ARC
  2. Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg – ARC
  3. The Safe Place by Anna Downes – ARC
  4. Crossings by Alex Landragin – ARC

I’m keeping my TBR in July list short so I can try to actually get it done! Sometimes those long lists can be intimidating!

As of June 30, 2020, I have read 55 of the 104 books I challenged myself to read this year. According to Goodreads, I am 5 books ahead of schedule.

I wanted to note that one of the reasons I went on an unintentional hiatus this month was the sudden and very unexpected death of my uncle. He was an unbelievable artist and his pieces have been in museums, art institutes, churches, corporate collections, and various other locations; he was a special effects animator for Disney and has credited work on Mulan, Tarzan, Emporer’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear; he was a great musician, singer, and songwriter and I don’t think there was a string instrument he couldn’t play; and he was a wonderful teacher of art and animation to many throughout the world. But more than that he was a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin, friend, and mentor to many. He left this world more beautiful than it was when he entered it because of his talent and presence. I admired him very much and we are all absolutely devastated by his loss.

I thought I’d include a picture of my absolutely most favorite painting he did… and he has many great ones to pick from! The painting below is called “Eakins Wake” and is 55 inches x 60 inches in size. I don’t know the exact year he painted it but I know it was on exhibition at the Beck Center for the Arts (Ohio) in 1990. Everything you see here is part of the painting itself – the frame, the plastic, the tape, the twine… it is all painted. It is so realistic when you see it in person that you’d swear the plastic covering is real. I’ve had the privilege to see it in person many times and every time I am mesmerized by it. I absolutely love it. ❤️

Note: The painting itself may seem familiar to some of you. My uncle reproduced a famous Thomas Eakins painting called “The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake Boat”. Then he put his creative touch on it by adding the plastic wrapping.

My uncle was so incredibly talented. He was an amazing person and his loss is devastating to all who knew him.

So, that is my wrap up for June. I pray that everyone is staying healthy and happy.


8 thoughts on “June 2020 Reading Wrap-up! #BookBlog #BookReview #WrapUp

  1. Thank you for sharing about your incredible uncle’s life and talents. The painting you shared is hard to take in; I can’t imagine how he did that. I’m sorry for your loss.

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