June 1, 2013

MAYbe I'm Amazed!



  1. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  2. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
  3. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein
  4. Maus, Vol. 2 by Art Spiegelman
  5. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  6. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  7. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  8. Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende
  9. Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
  10. Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth
  11. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  12. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  13. In The Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
  14. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  15. Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
  16. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
May was good to me. I slowed down a lot, compared to April. I'm not complaining one bit. I read some amazing books this month. 

Holy cow, I read 7 nonfiction books. That's awesome. How in the world will I pick a favorite for my upcoming Hall of Fame post? Ack!

I hope you had a fantastic month! What were some of your favorite May reads? 

40 comments:

  1. Ach, you bested me by one (1)! Wasn't Prof/Madman wonderful?!?!

    So - my not-16 list

    Sturges, PG Angel's Gate (Shortcut Man #3)
    LeCarre, John A Delicate Truth
    Wecker, Helene The Golem and the Jinni
    Sturges, PG Tribulations of the Shortcut Man
    Sturges, PG Shortcut Man
    Palmer, Liza Nowhere but home /
    Edugyan, Esi Half-blood blues : a novel
    Mishani, D.A. The Missing File
    Pötzsch, Oliver The Hangman's Daughter
    Wallace, Carey The Blind Contessa's New Machine
    Palmer, Liza More like her
    Abbott, Jeff The Last Minute
    Aaronovich, Ben Whispers Underground
    Potluri, Annapurna The grammarian : a novel /
    Johnson, Denis Nobody move /

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    1. Nice list! What did you think of the Wecker? I've been seeing some buzz about that one.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting :D

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  2. Still....I do love those Hall of Fame posts even if they are hard to choose.

    I've been wanting to try out Isabel Allende as an author. I'm off to check out your review.

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    1. I like those posts too Heidi. You inspired me to write them :)

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  3. NICE - 16 books in one month is pretty darn impressive!!! Kindred is a really great book, and I really enjoyed The Professor and The Madman :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I think I heard about Professor on your blog. Yes? I'm pretty sure anyway. (I should really write that kind of thing down!)

      Kindred was SO good. Wow. I read that for the Estella Project. http://www.estellasociety.com/?p=987

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  4. 16 books is slowing down?! lol. You are awesome.

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    1. Ha ha! April was a crazy reading month for me...25 books or so? :)

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  5. I still can't get over the number of books you are able to get through each month! Amazing. I'll be reading a couple of the books on your list very soon (Astor Place Vintage and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment) and can't wait to see how my thoughts match up to yours.

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    1. I liked both of those so much, I hope you do too! I still can't get over how pleasantly surprised I was by Astor Place Vintage. :) I'll look forward to your thoughts on both of those books!

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  6. Wow! Do you speed read? A good month for me is 10 or so! I can't imagine reading more than that! I'll have to check some of those out. Love me some nonfiction. I'm kind of a book whore, though, and will try out about anything ;)

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    1. Lol, I do read very fast! Hey, I'm a book whore too! ;)

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  7. I only read 8 books in May but, considering all the end of season craziness musically, I'm surprised I read that many! :)

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    1. I don't know how you people with lives get any reading done, lol ;)

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  8. Amazing! I can't keep pace with that and write my own book too, so I won't try. However, two really good reads for me in May were The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell and a lighter, comedic romance, The Family Trap.

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    1. I can't wait to get to The Rebellion of Miss Lucy. I'm hoping I'll be able to in a few days!

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  9. There are some great titles in there. I've heard wonderful things about The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

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    1. Spirit was a fantastic read! Very interesting and I learned a LOT. I read that one for the Estella Project. There are some incredible books on that list :)

      http://www.estellasociety.com/?p=987

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  10. How was the Ruth Ozeki book? I recently got it for the bargain price of 80p in a charity shop, hoping it's going to be good.

    And I love that you consider 16 books to be 'slowing down'....

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    1. I really enjoyed it Sam. :) I hope you'll like it and consider it a great deal!

      Last month I blazed through 25 books or so. That was a bit manic. I don't know what was going on, lol.

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  11. Well with school over this week and my kids having a pool this summer, I can read the summer away and turn out reads at least half as good as you! Lol. My favorite read for May was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

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    1. Fantastic! Enjoy the pool time! I've been curious about Z. So many books, so little time ;)

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  12. You rock! ALWAYS envious of the amount you read, my friend. Keep it up! You inspire me!

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    1. Andi, I could give you a big hug! :) I'm not a weirdo, just affectionate, lol.

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  13. WOW! There are so many books on that list that are in my TBR pile! You are an amazing reader!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy them all Holly! Thanks so much :D

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  14. Oh, my! You read so much in May! I'm going to start counting the books that I read, too. I don't really keep track. Have a great weekend, Jennifer!

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    1. This is the first year that I've really kept track. I sure wish I had started when I was a kid! Thanks Melissa, same to you :)

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  15. This was you slowing down? I am amazed by your reading! You've read so many that I can't wait to get my teeth into :) I hope June is just as good for you!

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  16. You had an incredible reading month! Congratulations! The Fadiman book is one that I'm hoping to read this summer for the Estella Project. I can't wait to read some of your reviews. I didn't read any books last month but I'm bound to rebound in June. :-) I hope June is another great reading month for you.

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    1. Have you read Kindred? Holy smokes, what a great book! I didn't know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised.

      I hope you have a book filled June ;)

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  17. Holy cow is right, that's some stack of books you read! I think I maybe read...four? But one of them was Proust's Volume 1 of Remembrance of Things Past so I'm not too ashamed. ;)

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    1. Whew, I wouldn't be ashamed at all to have that one under my belt! :)

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  18. wow, when did you sleep? lol
    I loved a lot your last title, and plan to read #7 and 14.
    here is May wrap-up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/06/02/2013-may-wrap-up/

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both, I did! Not much sleep to be had around here, lol.

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  19. Slowed down a bit? You're reading like 1 book per 2 days! AMAZEBALLS!

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  20. You did have a fantastic month -- wow! And 7 nonfiction books? I'm lucky to get through one in a month. (I had a goal for the year of 12; I think I'm behind.) I hope your June reading is even more fun!

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    1. Thanks Lark :) I hope you catch up on your nonfiction goal. I've read some great ones if you're ever looking for recommendations!

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