I had another really full month of reading in May. I finished 12 books, a pretty good mix of nonfiction, fiction and young adult books. I’m not feeling super chatty today, so let’s just get into the books!
Books Read in May
- Hanagarne, Josh: The World’s Strongest Librarian (memoir)
- Chabon, Michael: Telegraph Avenue (fiction)
- Winder, Elizabeth: Pain, Parties, and Work (nonfiction)
- Gilbert, Jennifer: I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag (memoir)
- Woodward, Bob and Bernstein, Carl: All the President’s Men (nonfiction)
- Jensen, Dean: Queen of the Air (narrative nonfiction)
- Brown, Daniel James: The Boys in the Boat (narrative nonfiction)
- Wolitzer, Meg: The Interestings (fiction)
- Stotts, Stuart: Father Groppi (MG nonfiction)
- Allen, David: Getting Things Done (nonfiction)
- Manger, Barbara and Smith, Janine: Mary Nohl (MG nonfiction)
- Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (YA fiction)
I’m mostly caught up with the nonfiction that I want to write full reviews of (or have reviews scheduled), but I am woefully behind on mini-reviews of fiction and YA titles. I’d like to end June caught up with those reviews, if I can, so I can start the second half of the year fresh.
Other Books Reviewed
- Grossman, Austin: You (fiction)
- Brooks, Max: World War Z (fiction)
- Schuppe, Jonathan: A Chance to Win (narrative nonfiction)
Books I Want to Read in June
- My list of review copies for June is really short, since I finished off two of them in May. The three I have left are Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levison (fiction from NetGalley), Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson ( nonfiction about eating for optimum health from Little, Brown) and Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (more fiction from Harper). I’m not sure if I’ll get to any or all of them (since two were unsolicited and one is an e-galley), but I’d like to try.
- Because of my participation in Bloggers Recommend (are you signed up for the newsletter?), I need to read a couple of July books to submit. I’m thinking about The Society of Timid Souls by Peggy Morland (nonfiction about bravery) or Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet (essays on mathematics), but I somehow have a ton of books for July to choose from so it may not be either of those.
- I have two books out from the library that I definitely want to read: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (checked out for the second time…) and Last Harvest by Witold Rybczynski (a look at development of a residential subdivision outside Philadelphia).
Writing Around the Blog/Internet
This month I celebrated my five year blogiversary, which feels like big deal. Five years is pretty old in Internet time. This month was also Armchair BEA, and since I wasn’t at BEA I wrote several posts: an introduction, a post about how I make money blogging, a post on blogging ethics and transparency, and a post where I offered to do personal nonfiction recommendations.
I’m going to skip the goals review this month and so a six month review at the end of June, so there you have it — my May in books. What was your favorite book in May? What are you looking forward to reading in June?