June is over, Reader Friends and I can't say I'm sad to see it go. I'm just not a summer person and, to be honest, 2016 has not been the most kind year. I've been in a terrible reading slump, I went through an episode of depression in the spring and, for the last six weeks, have had an unrelenting migraine. It turns out, if you have an extended migraine, you should see the doctor immediately, not tell yourself it'll go away any moment now and avoid treatment. The longer you go without fixing it, the harder it is to fix. Who knew? Obviously not me.
The wonderful news is that after six weeks of migraine, I think I'm finally out of the woods in all respects. My head doesn't hurt, my brain chemistry seems to be functioning on a fairly normal level, and I'm reading again. I think the migraine may have actually helped a bit in some ways. It forced me to be still and to spend a large amount of time laying in a dark room with nothing to do but listen to an audio book. Screens made things much worse, so I spent less time on tv and with my phone, which meant more time for reading as well. And, of course, getting a handle on my depression and OCD has meant more space in my head for stories and facts and information, which is exactly what I want in there.
Shockingly enough, given the epic migraine from hell, June was my best reading month so far in 2016. Here's what I read:
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Last Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards (audio)
If At Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (audio)
Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson
The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
Animal Heart by Paul Luikart
Shrill by Lindy West
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (audio)
A few other fun things from this month:
Luke and I have discovered a game we can both geek out over equally. It's called Descent and we have totally gone over the edge with it. We can play it as a team together against an app that acts as the villain or we can play with friends. It's way too much fun and we've spent way too much time and money to stop any time soon. We're obsessed.
This is how our kitchen table looks pretty much all the time.
I'm also still working hard on my insect collection. It's been on hiatus while I've been dealing with this migraine - it's been way too hot to be outside with a headache - but over the holiday weekend Luke found some amazing specimens for me and I'm looking forward to getting back out there myself now that I'm feeling better.
What did you read in June?