It was a bit quiet on my blog here last week. I intended to post more and participate more in Armchair BEA, which was a great idea, but I found that I didn’t have the energy for it at all. I’ve discovered that I generally prefer reading to blogging; if given a choice, I will read and ignore the reviews that are piling up. I even have maintenance to do with regards to my change in address – change my feed and redirect all my posts, for just two things – but I haven’t managed to convince myself to do that either. Writing lots for work has in some respects taken the fun out of writing for my own blog. I’m resolved to try and get back into it this month now that everyone is back from BEA and the chatter about it will quit depressing me!
Anyway, May wasn’t too bad as months go. I read 18 books, which isn’t very much for me but still amounts to a book every two days. I’m impressed with that; at times I didn’t feel like I was getting anything read! I think that’s because I read three chunksters, particularly the 900+ page Lonesome Dove, but I managed to read quite a few shorter books in between. Here’s what I finished:
- Leonardo’s Swans, Karen Essex
- Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
- Virgin Widow, Anne O’Brien
- The Dead Travel Fast, Deanna Raybourn
- Surrender of a Siren, Tessa Dare
- A Lady of Persuasion, Tessa Dare
- Wicked Becomes You, Meredith Duran
- Vanilla, Tim Ecott
- Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad, Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit
- Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama
YA (all genres)
- Rumours, Anna Godbersen
- Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson
- Just in Case, Meg Rosoff
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
- Kitty’s House of Horrors, Carrie Vaughn
- Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, Dubravka Ugresic
- We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver
- Foreign Tongue, Vanina Marsot
Overall, I think my month was spread fairly evenly across genres, with the exception of fantasy. As you can probably see, I still have a lot of review writing to catch up on. I’ve almost finished the review for Wicked Becomes You but the rest are pretty much untouched. I’ll be working on those this week, but I don’t think I’m going to get back to daily posting unless I hit up some memes or come up with and actually do a weekly feature.
I also wanted to give everyone a quick reminder – next week, on June 8th at 4:30 pm EST, I’ll be on That’s How I Blog chatting with Nicole. The book we’ll be discussing is The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer, so if you’ve got it handy, give it a read and join us! Even though I’ve had to have an earlier time, I still hope at least of few of you will be able to listen in. I’m a bit anxious about it already, but I’ve really enjoyed listening to the previous shows and hope mine is half as fun.
I hope some great reads await you in June! I hope to get through:
- Day for Night, Frederick Reiken
- Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
- Magic Bleeds, Ilona Andrews
- Dragon Haven, Robin Hobb
- The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Kelly O’Connor McNees
- The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
- Empress Orchid, Anchee Min
- The Passage, Justin Cronin
Any great ones in that list to start with?