Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Books Read in May

Wow, June 1 already?  Summer is almost here (already feels like summer here - hot and humid).  This month went by so quickly, filled with all sorts of school events, soccer games, and a whirlwind of activity.  Despite all that, it was a great reading month for me.

I read 7 books in May, a pretty substantial tally for me:
  • Cutting for Stone, a novel by Abraham Verghese
  • Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertant Education of a Reluctant Chef, a memoir on audio by Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Sapphique, a teen/YA audio book by Catherine Fisher
  • The Tiger's Wife, a novel by Téa Obreht
  • The Condition, a novel by Jennifer Haigh 
  • The Deathday Letter, teen/YA novel by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl, a novel by Rachel Simon
These were all very good books - I enjoyed every one of them.  I read four adult novels this month (a lot for me!), one memoir, two audio books, and two teen/YA novels.  I didn't read as many kids/teen books as I usually do because I had two book group meetings scheduled back-to-back, so I was busy reading for them.

My favorite book read in May?  Wow, that's a tough one.  I guess I'd have to choose the one I just finished last night, The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon.  It's about a deaf man and a mentally handicapped woman, both institutionalized in the 1950's, who fall in love and then are separated.  It's a beautiful story, beautifully told, and I really loved it.

I see that I have been falling behind in reviews.  I keep hoping to catch up, but I haven't been feeling well, so we'll see how that goes.

Where Are You Reading update:  I also got behind on my Where Are You Reading map this month, but I just caught up on that.  My new tallies:

8 U.S. States:

  • Pennsylvania (2)
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • California
  • New York 
  • Florida
Plus 6 other countries:
  • UK (3 locations now)
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Rome, Italy
  • Ethiopa
  • An unnamed Balkan country

All in all, a good month for books.  What was your favorite book read in May?


  1. That's an impressive month of reading you had! I should plan my summer reading but then again, I like to be spontaneous and have the joy of choosing anything.

    By the way, thanks for commenting on my Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy review. I think your sons would love it, especially the one who's into sci-fi/fantasy series (Jamie?).

  2. Sue, you had a great month. I loved Cutting for Stone, and am anxious to read Story of a Beautiful Girl.

  3. I love memoirs too - glads you found a couple you enjoyed. I have no idea what my favorite book of May was... I have not had time to think about that...LOL

    Glad you are feeling better!