Total Books and Current Status
Since January 1, I've read 43 books and left 2 books unfinished. I have posted 42 full reviews and 3 mini-reviews. I'm currently reading The Big House by George Howe Colt. I'm listening to the third in a Harlequin fantasy series: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. For summaries of these books, click the links.
What Did I Read?
Here's what I read in May. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (C+)
Great Dream of Heaven by Sam Shepard (A)
A Killing Frost by John Marsden (B+)
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (A-)
No Angel by Penny Vincenzi (B+)
Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl (B+)
Rumors by Anna Godbersen (A-)
This One Is Mine by Maria Semple (B)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (A)
It is difficult to pick a favorite this month. Wintergirls was certainly one of the more emotionally engaging books, and Great Dream of Heaven goes on my highly recommended list.
I started a new feature in May that involves a visit to books I read before I started blogging. I've kept notes on my reading for several years, and I thought I would share some of my past reads once or twice a month. My first entry was a review of the five books in the Tales of the Otori series.
Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
I also write mini reviews for books I did not finish.
Secrets of Happiness by Sarah Dunn
Beth Fish Out and About
I was a guest at As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves. Every Friday, Elizabeth hosts 451 Fridays, and my answers were featured in one of the May posts.
I tied with Eva from A Striped Armchair for Most Enthusiastic Cheerleader for Dewey's Read-a-Thon this spring. Wow! I had so much fun, I don't really think I should get a prize for it. But I'll keep my Powell's gift card all the same !
Did I Complete Any Challenges? Join Any New Ones?
I did not complete any challenges or start any new ones. I did complete the YA category of my 999 Library Thing challenge. I can tell that I'm going to be a challenge failure this year.
What's New and What's Coming in June
My Review Policy is now posted. I turned off the comments on that page, but if you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it (you can leave a comment on this post).
June is a month full of blog tours, so watch for reviews of some newly released books in a variety of genres. I hope to catch up in the Godbersen Luxe series by reading Envy in June. The weather has turned, so I'll be out and about with my camera. Look for more local photos over the summer.
How did you do in May? Did you meet your reading goals? Did you complete a challenge? Are you caught up on your reviews? Are you making changes?