May 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

Okay, so May was like a miracle month, or something. Somehow I managed to read 22 books, attend BEA, clean before BEA, pack for BEA, and still play with my baby and even sleep occasionally. Over 6,300 pages, plus more than 1.5 days of audio.

Honestly, I have no idea how it happened, but I think I can attribute it to my new reading schedule. At the end of April, I sat down and plotted out all of the books that I had obligations to review this summer, plus a few things I knew I wanted to read. My pre-BEA schedule was pretty ambitious, but just having the books I was trying to get through laid out somehow helped me find more minutes here and there to read, so that I could keep on schedule. Like I said, I somehow managed to do this without abandoning all of my other obligations, although I have no clue how that happened.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted this month, as well as other updates of what is going on here at Devourer of Books

What I Read:

Fiction
The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo – audio (review pending)
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (will not be reviewed, discussion post pending)
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (review pending)
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – audio (review pending)
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – audio (review pending)
Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain (review coming June 7th)
Tinkers by Paul Harding (review pending)
The Whole World by Emily Winslow (review coming June 9th)

Historical Fiction
Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Memoir/Essays
Love in a Time of Homeschooling by Laura Brodie
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – audiobook
Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold by Jennifer Ackerman (review coming in September)

Pick of the Month:

What’s Happening on Devourer of Books:

In case you missed it, I am in the planning stages of an Audiobook Week for June 21st-25th, since June is Audiobook Month.

I’d love for you to participate by review audiobooks that week. I will also have some suggested post topics for the week that you are welcome to blog about as well. Plus prizes! I’ve already had quite a few people contact me as who would like to offer audiobooks for giveaways, so all you audiobook newbies will have lots of chances to grab something to try, and you audiobook veterans may just find your next great listen.

What I Posted:

Discussion/Informational Posts
Seeing What You Read
Cinqo de Mayo at The Bookstore!

Guest Posts
The Power of Friendship – Guest Post by Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Seeing What You Read – Guest Post by Kristy Kiernan, author of Between Friends
Catholicism and Perceived Witchcraft in Reformation-Era England – Guest Post by Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill
A Modern Working Mother – Guest Post by Nancy Woodruff, Author of My Wife’s Affair
Researching and Writing an Historical Novel: Bringing All the Pieces Together – Guest Post by Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille

Young Adult Fiction
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Historical Fiction
The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor
Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell

Nonfiction
College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson
Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook by Kim West
The Devil’s Highway

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10 comments to May 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

  • I gonna need more details about that reading schedule…22 books and BEA! Impressive!

  • You always amaze me with the amount of readingyou are able to accomplish!

  • I think you need to share this schedule! Because WOW! I am amazed.

    I’m listening to Girl in Translation now and I’m loving it. I almost cried this morning. I’m only at chapter 6! And I’m already crying??? What?! I wasn’t expecting an emotional rollercoaster! lol

  • Wow, great reading month! I didn’t read as many books as usual in May because of BEA and my thesis. I’m hoping June will be a strong month though, I need to catch up!

  • Amy

    I am beyond impressed at how much you managed to read in such a hectic month! Can’t wait to see what you read in a normal month now 😉

  • Don’t you just love it when the stars align and you have a month you can call “productive”. Those are rare for me, but when they do happen, I’m just thrilled. Sounds like you had a very productive month. Here’s to next month being the same (except with more sun).

  • Congrats on an awesome month! Would love to get a peek at your schedule, as May was a really unproductive month for me. Did you give yourself deadlines, or plot out blocks of reading times? Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated, as I’m drowning under my TBR piles! *L*

  • I’m in awe! I need some of your energy, your young eyes, or just your super powers. Wow!

  • You have such good taste in books, Jen! I too loved GIRL IN TRANSLATION, THE ONE THAT I WANT and SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT. My feelings on HOUSE RULES were more mixed – it may have been less emotionally manipulative, but I think that’s because I wasn’t as involved in the story as with some of her other books. I’m reading 31 BOND STREET now and bookmarking your review to read when I’m finished so my thoughts aren’t colored by your sure to be well-articulated review.

    Like Beth said above, I would like some of your reading super powers!