It’s June Already!

Artwork by Edith Holden…

June is here already! My husband, Byron, and I have settled into our three-weeks-at-a-time routine dictated by his cancer treatments. He is doing well with his chemo, and while not an easy time, we are grateful that the chemo is working. The “settling into a routine” is so helpful, as is knowing what to expect for each week following his infusion. Getting into a routine has relieved my worries (aren’t the unknowns just the worst!) enough so that I am back to my reading. *Big smile*

So my May reading was all over the place, but enjoyable. After I finished The Last Bookshop in London (discussed in my mid-May post), I read Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley. I’ve read quite a few of her books and always enjoy them. I enjoyed this one, too, but it wasn’t among my favorites of hers.

Then I read a book called Widowish, by Melissa Gould. It was her story of grief after losing her husband. I wanted to like it more than I did. Although there were some very good, relevant, quotes and passages in it that I copied into my reading notebook, I felt let down by her in the telling of her story. Part of it felt superficial to me, and I’m not sure if that was due to her writing skills, her chosen narrative style, or perhaps not wanting to spend too long in the deep dive into her own story. Anyway, I am glad that I read it, but it fell short of my hopeful expectations.

Following that book, I listened to the audiobook of The Starlet and the Spy, by Lee, Ji-min. It was an interesting historical fiction story of a young Korean woman, quite damaged emotionally from the war, who was chosen to be the interpreter for Marilyn Monroe when she visited the American troops in Seoul, South Korea in 1954. In those four short days that the two of them spent working closely together, they formed a life-changing bond. It was an interesting story, but I didn’t care for the narration and would have preferred to read it instead of listen to it.

I had on my Kindle, a short story/novella by Salley Vickers, a writer I enjoy. It was called Vacation, and was an interesting glimpse into a marriage. Years ago, I read her book Miss Garnet’s Angel, and really liked it. Once again, with this novella, I enjoyed reading her work.

And to end my May reading, I read two delightful books for young people (of all ages!). I read The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and will be posting a review soon. And after talking with my sister-in-law about books we loved when we were children, I read Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry. It was one her her childhood favorites and I had never read it!  My review will be posted soon, too.

It was lovely to once again focus on my reading in May, and I’m looking forward to reading on the porch again now that June has arrived!



11 thoughts on “It’s June Already!

  1. iliana

    So glad to hear your husband is doing well with his treatments! I hope you are able to read a lot of good books this month and most of all enjoy a calm and lovely summer!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Iliana. I’m hoping for the same thing — a calm and lovely summer full of good books. And I wish the same for you!😊


  2. Lesley

    I’m glad things are going well on the chemo front. I’m sure it’s taking a toll on Byron, but I’m happy to hear that it’s working. And, you’re back to your reading! Yay! Is it warm enough to sit on your porch and read? We’re still in the mid-50s and it’s raining, so we’re spending the day inside. At least it didn’t rain (too much) while we were camping in Nehalem. Have a good month, Robin! xo

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Les. Yes, it is difficult for Byron, but we are grateful for this time. It’s not quite warm enough yet to sit outside and read. What a wet and cool spring we’ve had this year! Our yard has become a jungle! I’m glad you’re back to your road trips!


  3. guyleneiswriting

    I’m glad to hear that your husband is doing well with the treatment. I hope that you are able to enjoy your time together.
    You shared many interesting books! I also loved the painting at the top.
    Have a nice weekend!

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