Monday, June 2, 2008

UPDATE: May Books

Great month of reading! I finished the What's in a Name Challenge, Book Awards Challenge, Man Booker Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge, Series Challenge, and I have another couple that only need one more book. I expect to finish 3 or 4 more challenges next month. Unfortunately, I also signed up for 5 more challenges. It's just like being on a treadmill without the actual exercise.

Best Book: The Secret Life of Bees, Gods Behaving Badly
Nonfiction: 3
Best surprise: The Call of the Wild, Shadow Family

68. Shadow Family - Miyuki Miyabe
67. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
66. How to be a Canadian - Will and Ian Ferguson
65. The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
64. The Interloper - Antoine Wilson
63. In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar
62. A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J Gaines
61. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
60. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
59. 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa - Stephanie Nolen
58. The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
57. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
56. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
55. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
54. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

Books Acquired (Oh dear, it was the annual used book sales month here and I won the 50/50 at work one week so I had money to spend. Please don't keep reading, but I want to keep a record of what books I get so I am listing them)
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
The Interloper by Antoine Wilson
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Line of Beauty by ?
Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman

The Last Single Woman in America by Cindy Guidry from bookfool
Drive Like Hell by Dallas Hudgens from scoopgirl

Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
Mercy Among Children by David Adams Richards
Vinyl Cafe Diaries by Stuart McLean
The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The House on the Strand by Daphne duMaurier
High Spirits by Robertson Davies
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Innocent by Ian McEwen
Silent Night by Mary Higgens Clark
The 12 Frights of Christmas
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver


  1. You had a fabulous reading month! And, you chose some excellent titles. Loved reading your acquisition list. I collected a few too many, also, so it was nice to see a reminder that I really did also part with a few. ;)

  2. Wow! You really did have a good reading month. I actually spent the last couple of weeks weeding books. This will all balance out in the long run since I won't be able to resist bringing new books home for long.

  3. I bought at least that many books that month! Whoops! A few amazon orders, a trip to half price books, and several trips to borders! and my local library sale is next week! I love that I'm not the only one that loves books a little too much. My family/friends think I'm nuts!

  4. Oh, I love your new acquisition list. I saw two of my new favorites ("Gods Behaving Badly" and "A Fraction of a Whole") there. Lucky YOU!!

  5. Bean Trees is on my TBR challenge list this year! What a great list of books you acquired.....and congrats on finishing all those challenges! Yes, that is the sound of *envy* emanating from Ottawa! lol I might get two challenges finished this month, and i thought I was doing good!!!


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