May 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

So, I must say, I’m beyond impressed with myself this month. In May we closed on our house, moved in, AND I read 22 books. Of these, 7 were audio, for a total of 71 hours – honestly, if anything I thought I would listen to more while cleaning and unpacking, but we had so many wonderful people helping us that most of the time I didn’t want to put my earbuds in. The 15 print books (just under 5,000 pages) I finished were the real surprise. Mostly I credit the fact we didn’t have tv or internet at home for awhile there. It is very easy to get lots of reading done when you can’t get overly distracted with Twitter (although I did have my phone). And then, too, there is the whole 32 weeks pregnant with twins thing that means that when I’m not cleaning I’d really rather be laying in my bed or on the couch reading than doing anything else. Still, though, I thought May would be slow with the move and it was fantastic beyond my wildest dreams. At this rate (assuming the babies hold off until July, as I have requested of them), I might be able to get far enough ahead to keep the blog running smoothly while we adjust to our two new additions this summer.

What I Reviewed:

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn, narrated by Simon Vance
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs, narrated by A.J. Jacobs
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, narrated by Tim Kang, with Josiah D. Lee and James Kyson Lee
Glow by Jessica Marie Tuccelli, narrated by Donna Postel

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
The Year of the Gadfly
by Jennifer Miller
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
All Women and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones
Henny on the Couch
by Rebecca Land Soodak
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore

Historical Fiction
A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
The Yard by Alex Grecian

Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart
Double Time: How I Survived – and Mostly Thrived – Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins by Jane Roper
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives by Brian Clegg (DNF)

Other Posts:
Crossing the Line – Documentary
North Korea Wrap-Up

Pick(s) of the Month:

Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

May the Road Rise Up Beneath You by Peter Troy
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas, narrated by Colleen Marlo
A Bigamist’s Daughter
by Alice McDermott, narrated by Tavia Gilbert
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
by Katherine Longshore, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
GirlChild by Tupelo Hassman, narrated by Tupelo Hassman

Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
by Nichole Bernier
by Kristina Riggle

Historical Fiction
The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd

The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Perfect Gentleman by Imran Ahmad

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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