Monthly reading review – May 2016

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Monthly reading review – May 2016

This May I have read:

Foundation (Foundation #1) by Isaac Asimov  ★★★★

Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns ★★★★

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ★★★★

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon #1) by Cressida Cowell ★★★

Defending Jacob by William Landay ★★★

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

The Chamber by John Grisham  ★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

In May I’ve read only seven books. But to be fair the whole last third of the month I’ve been reading The Chamber by John Grisham. I was intimidated by it and it made all the time for other books disappear. I’m not happy with the amount.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in May? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I did not have any high expectations from any of the books in May. Therefore, I got nicely surprised by few. Batman: Earth One was filled with good and developed characters. It hit me with believable construction of Batman and Alfred. There were some really cool scenes with young Bruce trying and failing. For once Anita Blake was a good surprise. The 24th book was more about crime and detective work than the heroines sex life. It was a very enjoyable read.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The mandatory 500+ pages book kinda ruined the whole month for me. I was a bit stressed out for needing to read it that it made me avoid reading in the last ten days of the month. In May I’ve read two (!) crime drama novels. I usually tend to go for more lighter reads, or more fun any way…They were both good but not what I wanted or needed. 

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

It was nice finishing all started reading and reading the big book for RL book club ahead of time. I am still going easy on myself in terms of reading plans. It seems to work for me.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Finally got up to date Anita Blake series. Foundation and How to train your dragon were nice but I doubt I will continue them any time soon. 

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Goeff Johns’s version of Batman was awesome. I hope to get my hands on some more of his graphic novel works. I think of Foundation as one of the best works of speculative fiction and strongly recommend it to everyone.

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Final thoughts on May reading:

My library membership ending few days ago has put a stop on a few books I’ve been wanting to read in May. This might give me more time to read more owned books especially book series. Even with two 500+ pages books this month I’m not really happy with the general amount of reading I’ve done in May.

Needs more fun and romance for June!

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Blind Date With A Book

I mentioned in my last post that my RL (real live) book club this month had a Blind Date With A Book assignment in kinda Secret Santa style. We all agreed to bring a book and wrap it up in something so it can’t be seen which book we brought. We put all the books in a single pile when we arrived. As you can see on the picture there were lots of different packages. Everyone was given instructions to pick any book he really liked regardless of the genre. Only restriction was to be able to provide the book to the soon to be reader whether it be from their own collection or from the library.

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And then one of us came out with the a bunch of paired bookmarks. We tend to improvise like this quite a bit. Our group moderator placed the bookmarks one for each nice little packaged book. Then we randomly drew bookmarks and that is how we got our reading assignment for June.

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This was the book package I brought. I included a little card with a Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” and a happy reading wishes on the inside. The book itself was a Como aqua para chocolate I read and reviewed in August 2014 – see it HERE.

My little drawn package I dear say (!) was the most elegantly packaged book of them all. I couldn’t figure out whose was it and it came as a surprise to find out it was from one of the members who really likes crime and thriller genre. I’m not a fan of those at all so this book will be a quite a challenge for me to read by the end out due date which is first Tuesday in June.

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I was really shocked to see the book inside and hear that the guy who brought this book went to the flower shop before our book meeting and had it professionally packaged!

We mostly agreed that due to our monthly life obligations most of our books will not be more than 350 pages long or if it longer they will be agreed upon more than a month in advance.

The book I got was The Chamber by John Grisham. This baby has 500+ pages and were it not for my off work days I doubt I would be able to read it by due date. I’m coming along nicely and I’m half way trough. I’m making extra effort to read it since I was pleasantly surprised by how it all went down.

We all decided it was something worth repeating and will probably make another Blind date with a book activity in the future.

P.S. sorry for the bad pic quality :/

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Reading in progress – May 2016

Strangely I have been very up to date with my reading lately. As it turns out I don’t have any books that I’m lugging from previous months. This has inspired me to seek more books to read from my TBR list.

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Naturally what I’m really doing is completely opposite! I’ve kept adding new books to my TBR and I’m more inclined to pick something that is not already on my TBR pile.

For reference purposes my TBR at this moment has 400 books. Some of them I have trouble getting my hands on to actually read but most are available to me or even already owned and waiting to be picked of the shelf!

Here are the books I’ve started reading this month:

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The Chamber by John Grisham

25 out of 561 pages

This chubby piece was not my own choice. It is a part of my RL book club assignment. For June we decided to have a blind date with a book in a secret Santa style. I ended up with a nicely wrapped up book by a book club colleague. He likes crime novels and thrillers and I’m not really fan of them. This is the book I ended up with 🙂

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

7 out of 240 pages

This is a spur of the moment library pick. I heard about this book some years ago and thought it was cool. Seeing it again made me pick it up and give ti a go. All I know about it that it is a weird book and the main character is a boy with Asperger’s sindrome. So far it is nicely strange.

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I feel the need to add some romance books in the mix for May. Not sure which ones though…