June 6, 2007

A Month in Review - May

Wow. This has got to be my slowest month of reading EVER! I only finished 3 books. What can I say? Between work, the yard, my new kayak, and a sundry of other excuses, I wasn't able to get a lot of reading time in. It's definitely time to pick up a stack of mysteries! They never fail to pull me in, no matter how tired I am!

Click on the titles to read my reviews.

Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll

Favorite of the Month: A Three Dog Life
Books Read 3
Male Authors 0
Female Authors 3
New-To-Me Authors 2
Across the Borders 1
Fiction 2
Nonfiction 1
Classic 0
Poetry 0
Young Adult 0
Sci-Fi 0
Fantasy 0
Mystery/Thriller 0
Series 0
Re-read 0
Challenge 1
Mine 2
Library 1
Gift 2
Keeper 1

Note: Only books completed are counted in the above totals with, of course, the exception of the DNF category.


  1. Ah well there's always next month. And, I'm right there with you, mysteries always get me back on track. Enjoy the kayak. That just looks so fun.

  2. Anonymous6:15 PM

    A little mystery never hurt anyone. Sounds like a plan to me. Of course, the mysteries are my favorites anyway. Ha!

  3. I'm relieved to see you've "only" read four this month. I was starting to feel like a real slouch when I saw I'd only read four myself. But, it's hard to work and keep up with one's pleasure, n'est ce pas?

  4. p.s. Mysteries are never fail to pull me in either, and I just picked up one that Rocks The House (to quote my class). It's called End of Story, by Peter Abraham: a thriller to end all. I'm not done yet, but I can't put it down, and it's been along time since a book has captured me thus. I'll post on it soon, and let you know if it lives up to all it represents so far.

  5. I had heard of "A Three Dog Life" so was glad to read your glowing review.
    I just started two mystery challenges this month. There was a time not too far distant that all I read was mysteries. It'll be good to read a few more.

  6. Nothing to do with anything you said, just wanted to let you know I read A Thousand Splendid Suns based on your review. I loved The Kite Runner but this new one is something else altogether. I loved it.

  7. Iliana - This month is starting off fairly well. I already have 3 books ready to review.

    I'm enjoying the kayak! I had hoped to get out this weekend, but the weather looks iffy today and we took a little day-trip yesterday.

    Kay - I agree. Mysteries rarely disappoint me. I just finished Harlan Coben's latest and need to post my review.

    Bellezza - I suspect 4-5 a month will become the norm for me. Gone are the days of 3-hour reading jags while babysitting!

    Thanks for the recommendation for End of Story. I'll take a peek at it tomorrow at work.

    Framed - I decided to skip the mystery challenge since I'm already feeling a bit over-commited with other challenges. However, I do think I'll focus more on mysteries this summer and save the more "literary" works for fall.

    Katya - Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed my review and that the book lived up to my hype. I sold two copies at work on Friday after chatting with a customer about how much I loved it.

  8. No worries Les, I'm probably going to have a slow summer (reading wise) as well...enjoy your kayak and the outdoors!

  9. Okay, here's the problem with three hour reading jags: I start to fall asleep now! Goodness sakes, it's so embarrassing.

  10. Good luck with June!

  11. Some months are like that. Getting outside to kayak is a good reason not to read as much.

  12. Kristina9:46 AM

    I see you are reading gods in Alabama. I really enjoyed that book, and I'm looking forward to reading what you think of it :)

  13. Lotus - This month seems to be going better as far as quantity. I've already finished 3 and will probably finish another tonight. I think I just need to remember to pick lighter books during the busier summer months.

    Bellezza - I used to fall asleep, too. Especially since I was reading after lunch! Now I read in the evening and when I start to feel sleepy, I get up and check out my favorite blogs. I've yet to fall asleep at the computer! ;)

    MyUtopia - So far, so good! Thanks.

    Bookfool - Between the kayak, daytrips with Rod (Mini & motorcycle), yardwork, housework, and entertaining, I'm just going to have to let the reading slide a bit. Having said that, this month is shaping up nicely.

    Kristina - I finished it a few days ago. Should have a review up in the next day or two.

  14. When did you get Spare Change?! Did you buy it? I can't wait to read Parker's latest.

  15. Bellezza - I borrowed Spare Change. Just finished it an hour or so ago. Review coming.


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