A better month than May, but not by much. I was traveling for about a third of the month and I naively thought I'd have time to read. Instead, I spent 10 long days in London with very little time for reading.

I read two books and about half of a third which I finished in July, so it'll be listed in that post.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie

The Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie

May was a rough month for reading. I read a single book: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, by Theodora Goss.

At 700 pages, it was quite a slog. I probably should have taken others' advice and skipped it. And the author should have pruned it or made it two books instead of one.

Here's hoping the next few books I read aren't as tedious.

One of my focuses for 2019 is to watch less television/Netflix/[insert streaming service here] and use the time saved to instead read more books. I set a goal of reading 26 books in 2019, with a stretch goal of 52 books. So far, I've completed 15 books and am working my way through book 16. As I write this, we've just started week 20 of 2019, so I'm well ahead of my goal but a bit behind on my stretch goal.

Following is a list of the books I've read, each with a link to IndieBound, a great website that promotes purchasing books from local, independently-owned bookstores.

  1. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, by Eoin Colfer

  2. Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, by Eoin Colfer

  3. Becoming, by Michelle Obama

  4. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer

  5. Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata

  6. Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami

  7. Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport

  8. Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

  9. An Intentional Travelers Guide to Unconventional Budget Accommodations, by Michelle Chang

  10. Body of Work, by Pamela Slim

  11. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams

  12. Rest, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

  13. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, by Douglas Adams

  14. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, by Theodora Goss

  15. The Peter Principle, by Dr. Lawrence J. Peter