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May Book Roundup

June 4, 2011

E’s Books: This month included the Book Expo, a gloriously busy week of books and networking. I also plowed through more books than I expected. Which is a good thing, since I’m pretty sure the stack of books still to be read is taller than I am.

  1. Skull Duggery- Aaron Elkins. 260 pages. Library book. Finished 5/1. An excellent forensic anthropology mystery. Gideon Oliver goes on vacation to Oaxaca, finds literal skeletons to help him solve a mystery, and figurative skeletons in a family closet. Satisfying plot twists, and intriguing science. Will make you crave authentic Mexican, as the food is as lovingly described as the osteological science.
  2. A Jane Austen Education- William Deresiewicz. Finished 5/8. Reviewing for BlogHer. Fascinating… makes me want to read Northanger Abbey.
  3. Already Home- Susan Mallery. Finished 5/8. 358 pages. Thanks to Eric @ Planned TV Arts for sending. Review here.
  4. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak. Amazing imagery. This strange tale of WWII almost made me cry. A lot. Finished 5/9. 550 pages.
  5. Entwined- Heather Dixon. 472 pages. Library book. Finished 5/11. Solid fantasy, drawing on the tale of the 12 Dancing Sisters. The sisters were well characterized. The book blogs where I’d read reviews characterized this as really dark, but I found the story not all that dark.
  6. Sisterhood Everlasting.- Anne Brashares.  Finished 5/13 347 pages. ARC from Random House. Out in June 2011. Made me cry. Repeatedly.
  7. The Sloth’s Eye– Linda Lombardi. Finished 5/15. 291 pages. A mystery set in a zoo. Fun to read for the zoo facts and animal info, even more so than for the romping good mystery. Thoroughly enjoyable.
  8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin. 464 pages. ARC from Simon and Schuster. Finished 5/20. Quite scary as a psychological thriller, even before supernatural elements came in.
  9. The Thief- Megan Whalen Turner. Finished 5/20. Library book. A fast, fun alternate Greek history fantasy, rec’d by Jaye. Maybe us liking the same book is a sign of the apocalypse!
  10. Until Tuesday. –Luis Carlos Montalván  Finished 5/23. Recommended by Chris. Wonderful story.
  11. Bunheads- Sophie Flack. 294 pages. Finished 5/28. YA set in a ballet company. Fast, fun read. Picked it up at the Book Expo, finished in 2 hours on the bus.
  12. Au Revoir Crazy European Chick- Joe Schreiber. 5/28. 190 pages.YA novella, goofy and comic-book like. I think my appreciation was impeded by failure to be a preteen boy. But it wasn’t half bad!
  13. Open Wounds- Joseph Lunievicz. 5/30. Knew I was going to love a story about fencing and stage combat set in New York. May have loved it even more than I expected. 350 pages.

Dad’s Books, only two, but they both look intriguing:

In The Garden of Beasts- Erik Larson

The Maze of Cadiz- Aly Monroe

Jocelyn’s Books:

  1. WWW: Wonder – Robert Sawyer
  2. The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
  3. Double Comfort Safari Club – Alexander McCall Smith
  4. Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris (and oh, do I have words about you)
  5. Summon the Keeper – Tanya Huff (reread)
    The Second Summoning – Tanya Huff (reread) (I was clearly having a week.)
  6. The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
  7. I Shall Wear Midnight – Terry Pratchett
  8. The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer (I am completely
    ashamed of myself. Shut UP! Stop laughing.)

For every book we  read in 2011, Dad and I are donating $1 to the New York Public Library.  We’ve raised almost 100 dollars. Click the lion and support the NYPL!

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