My New Year's resolutions are still in force. It helps, of course, to choose resolutions that one is motivated to do, and more important, continues to do. My main resolutions, as mentioned before, have to do with reading more books and putting more steps into my day (and onto my pedometer).
This pedometer geek managed to put over 266,000 steps on my pedometer in June, and at least twelve days over 10,000 steps. While I didn't hit my goal of 300,000 steps for the month, I managed to average 8890 steps per day and had over 68,000 aerobic steps (as determined by my pedometer's measuring standards). I can only hope that some day I will hit the 10K consistently, and it gives me something to work on.
The other resolution (and resolutions within that resolution) is to read more books, and in June I read (completed) ten books bringing my total for the year to more than sixty books as the first half of the year ends and the second half begins. So far, I am doing well to beat last year's total number of books read and number of pages read for my bookcrossing.com's pages-read challenge, but once again, I failed at completing my second quarter's SIY (Set-it-yourself) reading challenge.
Out of the twenty-one books chosen to read during April, May, and June, I read and completed all but one. I didn't finish The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and even now, I am only a quarter of the way through the novel. However, I have added it to my SIY challenge for this quarter, and have plans to read twenty other particular books as well.
As for my pages-read challenge (at bookcrossing.com), I managed to read 3610 pages for the month bringing my year-to-date total to 18,303 pages of the 30,000 pages I challenged myself to read throughout the year.
As such, in June I read the following books:
Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery *
Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs *
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion *
Room by Emma Donoghue *
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Guardian by John Saul *
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins *
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Once again, it was a diverse set of reads but heavily weighted towards lighter reading material like romances and YA novels. On the other hand, I also managed to read a horror novel (John Saul's Guardian) and a zombie novel (Warm Bodies), both of which are a bit outside of my normal reading tastes. In the case of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies, it is a story of a zombie who develops a heart (becomes compassionate). His compassion changes the dynamic of the zombie colony as well as the humans they normally feed upon. R, as he is known, rescues Julie rather than consuming her after eating the brain of her boyfriend. The boyfriend's memories spark a life force in him that eventually heals zombies and humans alike. It was a novel that I would have never picked up on my own, but I had agreed to read it as one of the members of a bookcrossing book ring (a group of readers who read the same novel passing it on to the next person until it is returned to the original owner), and I am glad I participated and enjoyed reading it.
The other novel of note was Room, the story of a five-year-old boy who is born and has grown up in an 11x11 room with his mother. Told strictly from his perspective and in a child's voice, Room is the total existence of his life experience until he manages to escape their kidnapper, Old Nick, with his mother's prompting and plan. Until then, he eats, sleeps, exercises, learns, and plays there, never knowing anything about Outside except whatever knowledge he gains from TV's different planets (channels) and his mother's teachings. Once outside, his world is turned upside down as he learns to navigate a new paradigm, but eventually he and his mother both learn to live a somewhat normal life. Because I had just read Jaycee Dugard's memoir, A Stolen Life, the month before, the novel was a particularly poignant read, and leaves me even more amazed at how normal she has turned out.
As for the romances, one was a historical romance (Halfway to Heaven) and the others were contemporary (Barefoot Season, the Fifty Shades trilogy, and New Moon--a crossover vampire/werewolf YA romance novel). No need to really explain the book choices particularly the romances and YA except to say it is summer and light, beach reads are always in order, and escapism is necessary especially as I continue to read Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
* SIY challenge books
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Doctors without Borders
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