Tuesday, June 30, 2009

May/June reading recap

These last two months has seen an absolute explosion of reading. I don't fully understand it, really. I would have thought the nicer weather and heat would factor in somehow, but apparently not. Here's the way things have gone for May and June. I did intend on reviewing most of these, but if I'm going to do it, it'll have to be soon, if ever. I didn't include the 16 or so romance books that have been read via a .pdf file. (as too lazy to type them all out!)

Savvy by Ingrid Law
Ink Exchange be Melissa Marr
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Tithe by Holly Black
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (reread)
Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Favourite of the bunch? Tie between The Hunger Games and If I Stay. Absolutely dying to read Catching Fire, but bawled like a little baby reading If I Stay. That's one I'll definately review. Wait for it.

Obviously I love Born Confused very much, or I wouldn't reread it as often as I do, but new fabulous books seem to win out over old favourites. The Stephenie Meyer books? Definately losing their appeal. I finished all four of them because I'd started and had set out to reread all four, but they didn't pull at my heartstrings this time. Some of the magic has been lost, which is infinitely sad.

Really enjoyed Savvy, smiled all the way through it. I heart Sarah Dessen. Sarra Manning is a new-to-me author, will be hunting her other books down, quickly, I hope.

Didn't care for Tithe at all. Not sure why it was finished. As for City of Ashes and Ink Exchange, I know that I'll read the sequels, but part of me is dreading it as well. Can't explain.

Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Falling Man by Don DeLillo
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Suddenly Single by Sheila O'Flanagan
Unsticky by Sarra Manning (read twice)
The Girlfriend Curse by Valerie Frankel
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

The first three books I feel obligated to review, as they're part of my 1% well-read challenge. But were read at start of May, so really dragging my feet about. Part of the reason I haven't reviewed any other book is because I've been waiting to review these. Sigh.

My favourite of the bunch? Definately Unsticky by Sarra Manning, which is why I've read the book twice within two weeks. Others were quite good as well, especially This Charming Man. Definately have girl-crush on Marian Keyes now. Have signed up for her newsletter. Wondering why I haven't read everything she's written yet.

What've you read lately that was fantastic? Discovered any wonderful new-to-you authors?


  1. You had a good couple of months. Let the reviews go or just do little brief ones. Don't stress about them.

    I have Savvy from the library but can't seem to get to it. I had to return The Hunger Games, but I added myself back to the wishlist.

    The only Keyes I've read is Rachel's Holiday, which I loved beyond reason and one of the books of essays. I have a couple others and like you, I don't know why I don't read them. I might even have This Charming Man, I'm not sure.

  2. I have no desire to read If I Stay, but I keep reading such great reviews that I figure I should probably get around to it.

  3. Wow - you have read lots. Maybe I need to take some time off the computer and read more! I loved The Hunger Games too.

  4. I'm so far behind in reviews that it isn't even funny. In fact, it took me a couple of weeks to even write a review because I was so overwhelmed. I've decided to just kinda flow with it and review what I can when I can. Looks like you've had a good couple of months.


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