Monday, June 1, 2015

May Monthly Wrap-Up / It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (6/1)

Welcome to June!  As I said earlier in the year, I will not be posting any reviews in June, although I will continue to do my What Are You Reading Monday posts and Saturday Snapshots, as well as some other non-review posts.  I decided to do this for two reasons.  First off, I wanted to build up my scheduled posts.  I find it helpful to have a bit of a cushion with my reviews--it alleviates a lot of the pressure to finish reading books just so I can get a review post up.

It also gives me a little break during a busy time of the year (I'll also be doing this in December).  However, NEXT YEAR I'll be doing this in May instead of June.  Phew..May totally kicked my tushy this year!  But, I made it through...

So, because this is also a monthly wrap-up, I'll list everything I posted in May, but I'll bold what was posted in the past week:

May 2 - Saturday Snapshot
May 6 - Book Review: The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
May 8 - Book Review: Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry
May 9 - Saturday Snapshot
May 11 - It's Monday..What Are You Reading and a MAJOR Catch-Up
May 13 - Book Review: Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
May 15 - Audiobook Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
May 16 - Saturday Snapshot
May 18 - It's Monday...What Are You Reading?
May 19 - Book Review: It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane
May 21 - Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir
May 23 - Saturday Snapshot
May 25 - It's Monday...What Are You Reading?
May 26 - Book Review: Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt
May 27 - Audiobook Review: No Land's Man by Aasif Madvi
May 28 - Book Review: Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro
May 29 - Book Review: The Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen
May 30 - Saturday Snapshot

Right Now, I'm Reading:
The Main Book:
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I've had this book sitting on my kindle for over a year...and then a copy showed up in one of my postal book clubs!  I haven't been able to make too much progress on it yet, thanks only to how crazy things have been around here.  However, I'm really enjoying what I've read so far and I'm sure once I have the time to devote to it, I'll zoom right through it.

The "Phone" Book:
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
This is one of those books that has been popping up all over the place.  I've wanted to read it, but it was a bit down on the TBR list.  Then, I found the library had it as a 3M Download...with no one on the hold list!  And, it just so happens that it is a perfect "phone read!"

The Short Story Collection
Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
This is another 3M Download from the library (can you tell that I love that service!)  A few days ago, I was listening to the most recent episode of the "A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment" podcast, which is done by Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie--and now I'm reading books by both of them.  Go figure!

The Audiobook:
Confessions of a Reformed Dieter by A. J. Rochester
I'm not far into this, but I think it might be a book that won't work for me in audio.  So far it is interesting, but I feel like I would get more out of it if I read it.  We'll see if I can push through on it.

The "Daughter" Book:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Yep, it is STILL here....but we actually made some progress on it this week!  Maybe, just maybe, we can finish it this week.

Last week, I finished reading:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (finished 5/27; review to be posted 7/7)
This was a pretty quick read for me, which was nice.  In fact, if I knew it was going to be so quick, I would have waited until closer to my book club meeting to read it.  Oh well, I have the review written up, so I can refer to that before our discussion.

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman (finished 5/27; review to be posted 7/9)
Reading short story collection on my iPad (from the 3M collection, of course!) has worked out quite well for me.  You'll probably see Short Story collections reviewed more consistently here from now on.

The Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen  (finished 5/27)
I pushed through this one--partly because the plot was fast-paced and it was a fun read and partly because I wanted to be able to post the review in May!

The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss (finished 5/29; review to be posted 7/15)
I have so many thoughts about this book--my review might be the longest I've yet written.  Unfortunately, all of these thoughts are, well, not good.  Stay tuned...

Okay, bring on June!

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