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Books Read in May 2018

June 5, 2018

A little late with this, as expected: The end of May included some vacation time, and the Book Expo! Hooray for the Book Expo!


  1. The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg (library book) by Nicholas Dawidoff. (library book) I wanted to love this more than I did, but I also wanted it to have more daring tales of adventure and capers, rather than an eccentric who seemed to spy by the seat of his pants.
  2. Aru Shah and the End of Time (library book) by Roshani Chokshi. Aru’s adventures with the mythological creatures and realms of Hindu mythology… Part of Rick Riordan’s new imprint showcasing writers and mythology from a range of cultures. I wish I’d felt less of his trademark zany stamp on the narrative voice itself.
  3. Murder, Magic and What We Wore by Kelly Johnson. (library book)  Fun historical YA.
  4. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. (library book) I need to remember I don’t love reality shows… this book didn’t subvert the idea of a reality show and a taciturn college misfit enough.
  5. *Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (library book) Autobiography transformed into a beautifully illustrated children’s book.
  6. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena.(library book) I’d been curious to read YA set in Saudi Arabia but I found this more voyeuristic and uneven than I wanted.
  7. Calling My Name by Liara Tamani. (own book) I really enjoyed this coming-of-age story, as the narrator grappled with her spirituality as well as other growing-up challenges. Beautifully written.
  8. Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries (library book) by Kory Stamper (library book) Great fun, and I’ll never think about dictionaries the same way again!
  9. The Story of the Great British Bake-Off by Anita Singh (library book) I enjoyed this as much as I enjoy watching the show. A cheerful delight.

Graphic Novels

  1. Runaways Deluxe Vol. 1  (library book) by Brian K. Vaughan. Sort of a reread, as it contained a previous volume I’d read, but continued on from there.
  2. *As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gilman.  (library book) I love slice of life told in graphic novel format, whether memoir or fiction, and I really liked how this dealt with spirituality. Gorgeous illustrations.
  3. Bingo Love (library book) by Tee Franklin. So good! Loved the story and loved the color schemes! Also, I met the author/illustrator at Book Expo and I got to blither happily at her which was neat.
  4. Runaways Deluxe Vol 2. by Brian K. Vaughn (library book) I think I’m done with this storyline. This volume was really disconnected in terms of art style and plot. I got bored.
  5. Goldie Vance Vol 3 by Hope Larson (library book) As usual, I love these cheerful mysteries.


  1. Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett. I’d read the book, but not in awhile. Nice to revisit as audio, though I wish Stephen Briggs had been the narrator.
  2. The Science of Discworld Volume 1 (library book) by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs. An ideal sleep book- combines the Discworld wizards with gentle explanations of science concepts.

16 books total, of which I own two, and the rest are library books. I’m slightly stalled out on the Hub Challenge, alas, somewhere around 18.

And another challenge is on my radar: PBS has the Great American Read, and I’m chagrined to notice I’ve read only 30 something of the 100 on the list. (However, I’m not going to read the rest of the Twilight books, I’m just not.)

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