Reading Roundup for June 2022

Welcome to my second monthly Reading Roundup!

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In June 2022, I read seven books, one short story, one magazine, and one graphic novel. I got these titles from six library systems and one independent book store (amongst other places).


“The City We Became”

  • Author: N. K. Jemisin
  • Author URLs: and
  • Acquisition Type: Borrowed from library.
  • Acquired From: Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Related Works: N/A
  • Notes: The characters & world are complex & feel real. I was invested in their stories (& would be happy for a sequel). It’s also a love letter to New York City. (Has NSFW language.)

“Witch Please”

  • Author: Ann Aguirre
  • Author URLs: and
  • Acquisition Type: Purchased
  • Acquired From: Port Book & News
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Related Works: “Witch Please” is book one of the “Fix-It Witches” series. Books two & three are “Boss Witch,” & “Extra Witchy.”
  • Notes: I loved the title when I saw it on the bookshelf, so I took it down & read the back cover copy. Between the title & the copy, I was convinced to the buy book. I was not disappointed, but rather enchanted.

“The Princess Bride”

  • Author: William Goldman
  • Author URL: (Whenever I give a wiki page for an author, it’s because I couldn’t find their site.)
  • Acquisition Type: Borrowed from library.
  • Acquired From: Pierce County Library
  • Format: Ebook
  • Related Works: “The Princess Bride” is a standalone book. However, Cary Elwes wrote the delightful memoir “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.” So, I humbly suggest that you read “The Princess Bride,” then watch the movie of it, and finish with reading CE’s memoir.
  • Notes: Once upon a time, my girlfriend & I were visiting Vancouver, BC. I found a mass market paperback of “The Princess Bride” in a local bookstore, and as I was reading it, I realized that I was in love with her. We married less than a year later, & we’re still together. A storybook story; It’s as real as the feelings we feel.

“The War Comes Home”

“Crying in H Mart”

  • Author: Michelle Zauner
  • Author URLs:
  • Acquisition Type: Borrowed from library.
  • Acquired From: Timberland Regional Library
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Related Works: N/A
  • Notes: While listening to this book, I laughed & cried (sometimes at the same time), and it made me hungry. I’m a different mix (Mexican & Irish-American), but this book resonated deeply with my life & my relationship with my mom.”

“WatchTime Magazine: June 2022

  • Publisher: Ebner Publishing Group
  • Magazine URLs: and
  • Acquisition Type: Subscription
  • Acquired From: Subscribed from publisher.
  • Format: Paper Magazine.
  • Related Works: “WatchTime has sister magazines in Germany, Poland, Korea, Japan, China and India.”
  • Notes: Yep, I have a subscription to a paper magazine about wrist watches (& other timekeeping devices). They fascinate me, for a couple of reasons. First, time pieces are a blending of art & engineering. Second, I love how the technology in watchmaking has built consistently over centuries. In the modern tech industry, something that’s three years old may seem ancient; however in the watch world, there are ideas that were pioneered by Abraham-Louis Breguet (10 January 1747 – 17 September 1823) that are still in-use.

“Unstoppable: How I Found My Strength Through Love and Loss”

“The Worst Witch”

  • Author: Jill Murphy
  • Author URL:
  • Acquisition Type: Borrowed from library.
  • Acquired From: Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Format: Ebook
  • Related Works: This is the first book in the series. The complete series is: “The Worst Witch” (1974), “The Worst Witch Strikes Again” (1980), “A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch” (1982), “The Worst Witch All at Sea” (1993), “The Worst Witch Saves the Day” (2005), “The Worst Witch to the Rescue” (2007), “The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star” (2013), & “First Prize for the Worst Witch” (2018).
  • Notes: These books have a permanent room in my heart. When I was little, Mildred Hubble (the main character) was my imaginary best friend. I would wish that she was real & my sister.

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Galaxy: The Prettiest Star”

  • Author: Jadzia Axelrod
  • Author URLs: and
  • Acquisition Type: Borrowed from library.
  • Acquired From: Multnomah County Library
  • Format: Ebook Graphic Novel
  • Related Works: This is a standalone work. However, it’s part of the DC universe, so there’s references to Superman, etc. In the future, we’ll hopefully see Galaxy interacting with the larger DC cast.
  • Notes: This graphic novel is a beautiful work of self-acceptance, first love, and the victories & heartbreaks from coming-out as trans. While there are painful moments, it has a lot of humor & heart, and is ultimately triumphant.

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And that wraps-up my Reading Roundup for June 2022. I’ll see you again for July’s!

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