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Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Round Up of Books and a Peek at June

I had a very good month this month, but still didn't get through the pile of books that I wanted to!

I read 14 books for a total of 3881 pages. This brings me to 63 books for the year. If someone would have told me in January that I would have read this many books so far, I would have never believed them!

  1. Fire Me by Libby Malin
  2. Dear Mom by Melody Carlson
  3. Madewell Brown by Rick Collignon
  4. Mama's Got a Fake I.D. by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
  5. Always Watching by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins
  6. The Lake That Stole Children by Douglas Glenn Clark
  7. The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone
  8. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
  9. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
  10. Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer
  11. A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy by Charlotte Grieg
  12. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
  13. Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (review pending)
  14. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (review pending)
As for a favorite this month that is going to be hard - It would be between Frenchman's Creek, The Convenient Marriage and What the Dead Know.

Least favorite was probably The Lake That Stole Children - this was sort of a fable type book and not really my cup of tea.

There were two challenges that ended this month:
The Book Awards II - I finished 2 books short of the 10 I needed.
The Unshelved Reading Challenge - I did get 1 book of 3 started, but did not get it finished - so we are going to chuck this one!

My other challenges are shaping up like this:

Daring Book for Girls 4/9
Themed Reading Challenge 0/4(-6)
Numbers Challenge 2/5
The Countdown Challenge 29/45
Outlander Challenge 0/7
Genre Challenge 10/12
Whitcoull's Challenge 2/7
Chunkster 4/6
Series Challenge Season 3 3
9 Books from '09 7/9
100+ Reading Challenge 63/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers 0/4
2009 ARC Reading Challenge 49
2009 Chick Lit Challenge 23/10
2009 Pub Challenge 20/9
2009 Suspense and Thriller Reading Challenge 8/12
999 Challenge 49/81
A to Z Challenge (authors) 18/26
A to Z Challenge (titles) 19/26
Art History Reading Challenge 0/6
Audiobook Challenge 3/12
Celebrate the Author challenge 3/12
Centuries Reading Challenge 2/4
Colorful Reading Challenge 2/9
Daniel Defoe 0/2
Decades '09 2/9
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge 1/6
Harlequin/Silhoutte Challenge 0/5
John Steinbeck 0/2
New Author Challenge 50/50
Read Your Name Challenge 14/19
Romance Reading Challenge 15/5
Sarah Dessen 0/2
Science Book Challenge 1/3
Scott Westerfeld 0/2
Seconds Challenge 7/12
Serial Readers Challenge 10
Support Your Local Library 14/50
What's in a Name 5/6
World War II Challenge 0/5
YA Challenge 13/12
Young Readers 61/12
5 Under 35 0

A few of these I have finished, but I haven't had time to write the wrap ups!

Ok - time to put May behind me and start on June - I will be driving to and from my mom's house this month (about 7 hours one way) so I hope to get some audio books listened to! I will have my 4 year old with me so not sure if I will really get to listen to them or not! I hope to be able to get some extra reading done at my mom's though!

  1. Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham
  2. Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
  3. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
  4. April and Oliver by Tess Callahan
  5. Living a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran
  6. Nothing but Trouble by Susan May Warren
  7. The Unit by Ninni Holmquist
  8. Beach Trip by Cathy Holton
  9. 20 Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  10. Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
  11. Scared by Tom Davis
  12. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Allison Bottke
  13. A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  14. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
  15. The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas
  16. Surviving High Society by Elizabeth Marvin Mulholland
  17. Ms. Taken Identity by Dan Begley
  18. The King's Legacy by Jim Stovall
  19. Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove
  20. Wildcard by Robin Shope
  21. The Texicans by Nina Vida
  22. Live Deeply by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose
  23. Live Relationally by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose
  24. Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  25. The Devlin Diaries by Christi Phillips
  26. How to Raise a Modern Day Joseph by Linda Massey Weddle
  27. Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deb Bedford
  28. One Scream Away by Kate Brady
  29. Tamed by a Laird by Amanda Scott
Audio books to listen to:
  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  2. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  3. The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  4. Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
My current giveaways:
To Beguile a Beast - 5 copies (ends June 5)
One Deadly Sin - 5 copies (ends June 5)
Bound to Please - 5 copies (ends June 5)
The Scarecrow audiobook - 3 copies (ends June 15)
Cemetery Dance audiobook - 3 copies (ends June 15)
The Secret Speech audiobook - 3 copies (ends June 15)
The Way Home audiobook - 3 copies (ends June 15)
The Night Watchman - 1 copy (ends June 16)

Upcoming giveaways:
Stealing Home (June 1 - June 22)
I will probably also give away some of my gently read ARC's if no other giveaways enter my horizon.

Have a great reading month and enjoy the weather!!!!


Sandra said...

You're doing well. You're 5 books ahead of me for the year. I need to do an update of my challenges too, thanks for the reminder. The Four Corners of the Sky sounds interesting. Funny that we have entirely different lists of books. You have a lot of giveaways, that's nice. Happy reading in June. My May round up went up today here:


ANovelMenagerie said...

I really liked Holly's Inbox and April & Oliver. I think you'll enjoy 20 Boy Summer, as well. But, I really thought Fire Me was funny!

Jules said...

Wow! It looks like you had a fantastic month! Also looking at your list of challenges, I suddenly don't feel as bad about all mine. (Although there are 3 challenges I'm debating signing up for.) Good job for may!

Anna said...

You certainly had a great month! I read 10 in May. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Unit. I just received that one.

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