Wow. That’s half of 2020 behind us already. It does not feel like it, does it?

June was an odd month. I had a birthday, a close friend had a birthday. I had my first meet-up with friends since the lockdown started (all safely distanced and in the garden, of course). I’ve tried new recipes. Work has settled down a little bit. This year has been so weird, and yet, there has been much to enjoy as well.

In book-related updates, I managed to read a lot of short books, but still fell into a slump at the end of the month. Still, there were highlights this month such a discovering new to me authors (such as Bernardine Evaristo and Louise Welsh) and being able to discover a new independent bookstore (Topping & Company). They have a shop in St. Andrews, and another in Edinburgh, and I look forward to visiting them once we are back to travelling.

I’ve also got a few books on order that haven’t arrived, yet. Yay for birthday book hauls! So, there are more new authors to look forward to once I get over the current slump. Not that any of this is helping the Mt. TBR Project much.

Talking about the Mt. TBR Project, I still have not swapped any books for “book jokers” (see explanation at the end of the post), so my current 2020 Mt. TBR shelves look like this – There is a visible change from last month and I am thrilled by that:

End of June Mt. TBR:

End of May Mt. TBR:

End of April Mt. TBR:

End of March Mt. TBR:

End of February Mt. TBR:

End of January Mt. TBR:

Start of the Year Mt. TBR:

The Stats:

Books read this month: 18 (June)

Mt. TBR Books read this month: 3

DNFs this month: 2

Women / Men / Team*: 50% / 45% / 5%

% of original Mt. TBR read: 37.5%

Available swaps (not made yet): 24 (+8 from previous month)

(* – of all books read since 01 January 2020)

Link to the original Mt. TBR (2020) post.

Rules – same as previously – are that I picked a stack of physical books off my shelves at home which I would try to read over the course of the year. If I pick another (yet unread) physical book off my shelves, I get to take one off the Mt. TBR shelves and put it on the regular shelf – as a substitute. In a change from previous years, new purchases (physical books only) will not be added to the Mt. TBR shelves – I will track these separately.

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