May 2011 Reads

May feels like those creaking weeks after some Mysterious Illness, where you instinctively know that thy must not Exert thyself. Which accounts for cautious reading, which accounts for a mound of books set aside and, also, a mound of books you simply have to bear, since you’re too blargh to exert the energy to look for another book. Then again, even though there’s an appallingly high number of Meh books read on May, once or twice I felt the terrifying glee of plunging headfirst into a book that you find you really do love.

Yes, I think it’s been a great reading month. Though, yes, it’s also been a crappy month for blogging—it began with laziness, and then I got drowned in too much work to even make way for laziness. And, well, ya know—I’d much rather read than chain myself to the laptop.

Sorry if the photo’s jaundiced, haha. Those are what I read this May; most of them were lump-discussed in a single post.

  1. You Do Understand, by Andrej Blatnik.
  2. Where the God of Love Hangs Out, by Amy Bloom.
  3. The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt.
  4. Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
  5. When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James.
  6. Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, by Harvey Swados.
  7. The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht.
  8. Other Stories and Other Stories, by Ali Smith.
  9. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, anthology of three erotic novellas from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, and Jaid Black.
  10. Playing Easy to Get, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, and Kresley Cole.
  11. Double the Heat, four romance novellas from Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Christie Ridgway.
  12. Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin.
  13. The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Wescott.
  14. Treasure of the Sun, by Christina Dodd.
  15. The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum.
  16. Memoirs of a Master Forger, by Seamus Heaney.
  17. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
  18. The Gilded Web, by Mary Balogh.
  19. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  20. Untouched, by Anna Campbell.
  21. Tempt the Devil, by Anna Campbell.
  22. An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin.
  23. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green.
  24. Obsession, by Gloria Vanderbilt.
  25. Stitches, by David Small.
  26. Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.

 #09, #10, #11 and #14 discussed in “General mutterings on prose, boredom, and credible love, or: Reuniting with my romance novels, v.02.”  #17 and #19 to #26 all quite flakily talked about in “Stuff I’ve been reading while I disappeared from the glittery world of the intarwebz.”

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Yes, in real life, it is nearing the end of June. But the persnickety in me naturally wants this kind of order. So, well, here it is. I’ve got a couple more days before June ends—before I then get buried by my backlog for that month. But, blah. We’ll see how it goes. I am shoveling myself out of the heaps of stationery and memoranda as we speak.


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