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Introvert's Book Club - June Reading

June was both long and short this year. Each day was crammed and felt, at times, neverending. But when we returned home from the lake this Sunday I was genuinely surprised that July was here. I only read three books in June, but I must have taken refuge in each title. As I reflect on the month, I think about time spent reading. Sometime our books are our best friends.

Here’s what I read in June:

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At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

I have a small stack of books about home and belonging I want to read this summer, and this was on top of the pile. This memoir about traveling the world from east to west - with three elementary aged kids - was a delight. Tsh struck the perfect balance of demonstrating the joys of adventure and the aspects of belonging to a community that make a place to call home so sweet. I’m still thinking about how I can incorporate what I learned about belonging and community into my daily life in my small town, but was hit me from the first page was that I don’t need to worry that having a family will halt any wanderlust. I think you should read this whole book, but if you don’t, at least read the introduction. I felt like Tsh was a spirit telling me exactly what I needed to hear.

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

In this beautiful graphic novel, Cece Bell tells the story of how she lost her hearing and how she learned to you her difference as a strength. I was struck by how well she portrayed what it’s like to be young and feel different, like you don’t fit in. Sometimes this was downright hilarious, and sometimes a little sad. The illustrations are fantastic, and I loved this story.

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Backman does it again. Wow. This is a fantastic novel. I think I even liked it a bit better than Beartown, the first installment of the story. But be warned, this is not a light and happy summer read. I love these characters, and I cried more than once at the accuracy in which Backman describes difficult emotions. If you haven’t read Beartown, pick that up first, but I highly recommend Us Against You. I don’t care much about sports, but I’m amazed once again at how Backman uses hockey to talk about relationships, people, and community.


I hope to read more in July, especially when the weather allows for reading on the deck. A great book, an ice cold drink, and the summer sun makes for the very finest meetings of the Introvert’s Book Club. Happy reading!

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