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Month in Review: May 2011

Well, we're in the heat of summer here in North Carolina now. The last day of May hit 98 degrees! Yikes! I think I'll be hiding inside for the next few months, reading. The highlight of May was my participation in Armchair BEA. It was my first time joining in this event, and it was a lot of fun. I included a post on my favorite books of 2011 so far, and offered some blogging tips. I also interviewed author Jeanmarie Anaya. Here's what I did in terms of reading and challenges in May:

Books Read in May: 7
I read a total of seven books in May. Three were adult fiction:
The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster
The Raising by Laura Kasischke
Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader

Two were nonfiction:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
A Game of Character by Craig Robinson

Two were children's books:
A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj
The Genius Files by Dan Gutman

Reviews Written: 9
This month, I wrote nine reviews. First, I wrote reviews for four books I read in April:
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices
In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith
The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson

I also wrote reviews of most of the books I read in May. You can click on the links above to read them.

Spring Reading Thing Challenge
I've read eight of the nine books I committed to read during the spring, so I just have one more to read by June 20th.

I read one book for this challenge, Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader, so I now have two books competed for this challenge. I need to read three to six more by the end of the year.

This month, I read books that took place in three different states, Egypt and Albania. Here's where the books I read in May took place:
Multiple (The Genius Files)
That brings me to 14 out of 50 states covered, plus 6 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

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  1. Very good month! Happy June reading!

  2. Congrats on your reading progress :)

  3. Julie - You had a great month, too! We've had a few days of high 80s/low 90s - I'm not quite ready for that just yet! Hope you have a great reading month in June!

  4. Hey, I read 7 books on May, too, but you're way ahead of me in reviews! I've gotten behind these last few weeks.

    Hope June is just as good for you -



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