In case you didn’t know, June was an incredibly busy month from being an international jet setter to participating in the marriage of two of my good friends, to one of the busiest times of the year at work, I have good reason to be.
First, I’ll start you off with a photo of Caroline and Nick’s first dance. It’s probably what they were most worried about, but it was excellent! We all had an amazing time and it’s hard to believe they’re FINALLY married. YAY! Here is a shot of the water as the sun went down. This was the view of all the guests during the ceremony:
Books and Bookish
Even though I was very busy, books were involved. You’re not going to get the full bookish breakdown as I plan to do an entire post on Bookish Madrid: Don Quixote, Biblioteca Nacional de España, the bookstores, Feria del Libro de Madrid (the only photo you get to the right), etc. There’s so much to talk about!
The overwhelming majority of the month was spent NOT reading Don Quixote (Part 1 & Part 2). I didn’t realize how much we were doing while traveling or how tired we would be every day! I read a bit here and there, but I’ve only really made progress since we got back a week ago, but then there was the wedding so yeah. I have big intentions and plan to have the first of three posts relating to it ready for next week!
Prior to that I did squeeze in three books, all of which were on my TBR shelf/list and one which was a Classics Club read.
- The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho
- Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho
- The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
It’s the first one, however, that was “epic” for my blog. Paulo Coelho not only retweeted my review, but he shared it on Facebook. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why my visitor count exploded (WordPress notified me) and when I did I was stunned:
I mean I’ve had authors share my responses before and even thank me, but this was HUGE. I’m talking I got more views over a two-day period than I usually get in a month. That one post has surpassed every other post to become the most viewed in less than a month. (The previous was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it’s 1,000 behind and has been up since 2012.)
I was still reeling from the excitement of the first post when I noticed a spike again yesterday and Paulo Coelho had shared ANOTHER post, this time it was from last year’s response to Veronika Decides to Die. Needless to say I’ve just been grinning like crazy for over two weeks now.
I was somewhat responsible this month only buying two books not associated with my trip to Spain, but then in Spain I went a little crazy. I can read in Spanish so obviously I was like I WANT ALL THE BOOKS. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it later, but I was so overwhelmed I pretty much stuck with translations of books I loved, but I did grab an Isabel Allende novel to have one actually written in Spanish.
- El cuaderno de Maya – Isabel Allende (Maya’s Notebook)
- Orgullo y Prejuicio – Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
- Dark Quartet – Lynne Reid Banks (not pictured – Kindle)
- Cumbres borrascosas – Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights)
- This Book is Gay – James Dawson
- Harry Potter y la cámara secreta – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
AND on top of that I picked up copies of Harry Potter in Turkish and Catalan that I’ll (probably) never be able to read, but I wanted to add to my “These are so cool, look at where I’ve been bookshelf”:
Oh and you know, in case you missed it, I released my one year anniversary of Come Read with Me podcast, Episode 6 where my friend Emily and I discussed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I had to edit it on top of everything else going on this month, so yeah.
A break. A nice long break from rushing around and trying to get so much done without having time to take a breath. This will hopefully include a few beach days and a lot of light reading. My biggest plan is to finish Don Quixote (Part 1 and Part 2) and then to really tackle more of my TBR pile before I move later this year.
And as promised here are panoramas from Spain! I’ve put them in order and will share more photos once I’ve gone through all of them and shared them with my family first.