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May Reading Wrap-Up

By Curlygeek04 @curlygeek04

May was the month I got back to some serious reading and blogging.

It was cold and rainy here, and by cold I mean I was still wearing tights, sweaters, and a coat until last week.  Now it’s full summer mode and I couldn’t be happier, even if it means humidity and mosquitoes.  Summer means reading in the park, grilling, and drinking wine on the patio.  I planted my garden finally – I’ve got cucumber, peppers, cherry tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, and I’m trying Japanese eggplant.  My space is small and my thumb not-so-green, so we’ll see what works.

rush oh

What I read this month:

  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
  • Hero by Belinda Crawford
  • Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Ngozi Chimamanda Idichie
  • Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

My favorite read this month?  If I don’t include Dragonfly in Amber, which was a re-read (and a book I can almost quote in my sleep), I’d have to say my reading this month was all a bit mixed.  I wanted to be blown away by Rush Oh! and Half of a Yellow Sun, but I wasn’t.  Hero and Company Town, on the other hand, were pleasant surprises and really fun science fiction reads.

What I reviewed this month:

  • Road Ends by Mary Lawson
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  • The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  • Pleasantville by Attica Locke

I also participated in Bout of Books for the first time (still have mixed feelings about blogathons) and wrote about putting more time into my blog. I got some really great suggestions from bloggers and even writers and publishers. I did not have a chance to go to BEA or participate in Armchair BEA, but maybe next May.

June brings family visits, a trip to see my niece graduate high school, getting ready for our trip to Hawaii in July, AND my 45th birthday.  So it should be an eventful month.  I was happy this Memorial Day to have some serious down-time.

What I’m reading now: Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo, a sequel to Nobody’s Fool, one of my favorite books AND movies.  This book ties really closely to the first book so you should definitely read that one first.  Next up, I have an advance copy of Naomi Novik’s League of Dragons, the latest in the Temeraire series, which is out June 14.

That was May — happy summer everyone!

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