365 Books a Year Challenge: 25 Books in June!

So I wasn't as successful with June as I was with May, but alas, getting caught up from being away for nearly a month, starting classes, and picking up on my training left me with less time to get a lot of reading done.  But I did manage reasonably enough.  25 out of 30--not bad and with the bump from last month of 41 books, I'm still in good shape to hit my target.  Like every month, I had some "meh" reads but also a good share of good reads and these three are the ones that I found most appealing.  

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley by Neal Thompson.  

I've know of Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" but have never been in any of the actual museums or even watched the TV show (I think it was a TV show?).  But when my editor sent this to me, I was slightly curious and that certainly paid off.  I was familiar with the outrageous and borderline-spectacle that Ripley is known for, but I had not clue about his start in comics.  He was definitely as quirky as those people in which he collected but seeing his life move from sports illustration reporting to comics to eventually radio and so on was excellently explained and connected through Thompson's work.  I'm very curious to look at and read any collections of his cartoons now.

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin.  

A co-worker first introduced me to Temple Grandin when telling me about a biopic of her featuring Claire Danes.  I watched the movie (being a fan of Danes) and was impressed to find out about Grandin's work in a variety of fields.  So when this book came across my desk to review I was pretty excited and it definitely came through.  Grandin and Panek do a great job exploring autism through the brain and understanding through the latest technology and research how to make sense of autism, recognize the challenges it can represent, but also the innumerable ways it can add value to people's lives.  She doesn't present it as a gift by any means but she does excellent in emphasizing what benefits and opportunities are available if we more consciously and sincerely integrate autism into our culture.  

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau.  

Lareau's book explores the challenges that class offer up to children particularly as it comes to outcomes and opportunities.  What I really liked about this book is how she is able to connect the various ways that class does substantively change what youth are aware of and available to act upon based upon the class dynamics of their upbringing.  This is particularly true when it comes to the education and job process.  

Here's the full list thus far (or check it out on GoodReads):

This month's readings:  


  • The Synchronous Trainer's Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings, and Events by Jennifer Hofmann
  • Great American Short Stories by various


  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  • A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley by Neal Thompson
  • Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life And Career Of Warwick Davis by Warwick Davis
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin
  • Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
  • Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau
  • The Humanoids and With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee


  • Avengers Arena, Vol. 1: Kill or Die by Dennis Hopeless
  • Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1: Guardian by Bryan Miller
  • Peter Panzerfaust Vol 1: The Great Escape by Kurtis Wiebe
  • Stormwatch, Vol. 2: Enemies of Earth by Peter Milligan
  • The Lovecraft Anthology, Vol 1 by various 
  • Mind Mgmt Volume One: The Manager by Matt Kindt
  • The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume 2 by various 
  • The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 2: Above Beyond by Jonathan Hickman
  • Batman Incorporated, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
  • Batman: The Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder
  • Avengers - Volume 1: Avengers World by Jonathan Hickman
  • Dial H, Vol. 1: Into You by China MiĆ©ville
  • All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday's X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis
  • X-Treme X-Men - Volume 1: Xavier Must Die! by Greg Pak

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