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May Wrap-Up

May 31, 2008

I’m (once again) stealing this idea from Devourer of Books: a monthly wrap-up.

May was kind of a slow month for me – started out strong while I was in the field, but then I came back into the land of Netflix and TV-on-the-internet that I had to catch up on, plus I had a couple of slow books that sapped my motivation to read. Still, I managed 12, which is on-track for my goal of 150 this year.

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn about Sex from Animals by Marlene Zuk

– The first two books of the Mistborn series, The Final Empire and The Well of Ascenscion by Brandon Sanderson
Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

Historical Fiction
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

General Fiction
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan

Of the lot, the Mistborn series was far and away the best – excellent, well-plotted, well-written, imaginative, and unique fantasy. After that, it’s hard to pick. I enjoyed several of the other books (Guy Gavriel Kay’s writing is reliably enjoyable, and I liked The 19th Wife, So Yesterday, and The Caves of Steel more than I was expecting to), but nothing really leaped out and grabbed me this month the way Sanderson’s books did. I can’t believe I have to wait until October for the third one in the trilogy.

I’d also like to say thank you to the people who commented this month. I love hearing what other people have to say about the books I’m reading.
– Erin from Journey Through Reading
Devourer of Books
– Stephanie from The Written Word
– chainletters from A Chain of Letters – a fellow Sanderson appreciator!
– Avendya, another Guy Gavriel Kay fan
– pseudonymblog
– Nithin from When Books Tell a Story
Literate Housewife

They all have lovely book blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading, and are definitely worth checking out!

And, finally, I don’t remember who I’m stealing this idea from (so if it’s you, sorry! – let me know and I’ll credit), but some of the search terms that people have used to find my blog:

painting blood and chocolate
This one finds my reading list, with The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr and Blood and Chocolate by Anita Curtis Klauss. I don’t know what they were looking for, but I bet they were disappointed.

“a northern light” spoiler
read end passage from dragonfly in amber
Here’s my standard spoiler: EVERYONE DIES. Don’t think I’m telling the truth? Read the book.

caves of steel is pages
Well, actually, my copy of The Caves of Steel is MP3s, but pages was a good guess.

intelligent comments on constant princes
I certainly would like to think so.

book report on wrath of mulgarath
book report book summary on scott wester
Do your own homework!

cornelia funke wanted brendan fraser
Haven’t we all, at one point or another?

an abundance of katherines vocab list
Of course, this is one of the few books I didn’t write down the vocab for. Sorry!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2008 12:33 am

    Thank you for mentioning my blog! You’ve had a great reading month. I have not read a lot this month due to a heavy work schedule. I hope to catch up starting next week!

  2. June 2, 2008 2:18 pm

    I know I’ve seen Maw Books do that, but I don’t know if that is where you saw it or not. Of course, the thing you stole from me, I ALSO stole from Maw Books, so maybe it is just all hers.

    Hmm, I think I’m going to have to do the ‘clever responses to search terms’ thing too, it is just too much fun.

  3. June 2, 2008 2:36 pm

    It probably was Maw Books, although as leaky as my memory can be, who knows?

    I think I decided to do the “snarky comments” thing after about the gazillionth time that “book report on ______” came up on my search terms. Kids today, I tell you.


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