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Reading Log: May 2012

It’s time for another monthly update on my Reading Log!  This month has been quite the roller coaster, but I really found solace in reading.

So here’s my Reading Log for May 2012, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month of May, even if I started some of them outside of this month.  Also, I like to give a rating to each book I read and I like to keep track of the binding of the book, don’t ask me why.

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.

So now, word for word, straight from my diary:

Title Start Finish Thoughts Grade/
A Live Coal in the Sea,
by Madeleine L’Engle
4/17/12 5/28/12 Not her best, and it’s a sequel of a book I haven’t read, so maybe it would be better if I’d read that first?  I hate reading out of order, but I don’t think that would’ve saved this book.  It was still a decent book, just not up to par with L’Engles’s later works.  Too soap opera-esque with all the infidelity, sexual abuse, brainwashing in the Korean War, complex dysfunctional families, etc.  Every time life became bearable for the main character, that’s exactly when someone would die.  I actually started to get a little annoyed with all the bad things that kept happening.  So, not my favorite by a long shot. C-
Among Others,
by Jo Walton
4/23/12 5/2/12 Strange, and interesting, but I was completely engrossed.  The plot takes place after the climax, the life of a 15 year old living with the consequences of a traumatic accident.  And there are fairies.  And lots of science fiction reading in 1979 at a boarding school in England.  Such a specific viewpoint!  The book is written like a diary never meant to be read by an audience.  You have to infer a lot of the details.  And you’re never quite sure if the magic is real or if the narrator is a bit unhinged.  But she seems perfectly normal.  Strange, strange book but I still can’t get it out of my head. A+
The Magician King,
by Lev Grossman
5/2/12 5/26/12 Wow.  Now that was a good book.  Even better than the first, dare I say it.  I loved the adventure mixed with Julia’s backstory.  Still the humor and deadpan view of life, but so much more heart too.  I read this almost every day for a month on the bus ride to and from work… I’m going to miss it!  The last bit just begs for a third book, and I’m hoping Lev Grossman delivers! A+
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating,
by Mark Bittman
5/10/12 5/26/12 Book Club for May, although I missed the meeting.  I liked the no-nonsense, “sane eating” plan: cut out the junk food, eat less meat, replace what you were eating with plants.  Very doable for very good reasons: help the environmennt, help stop the inhumanities involved with Big Food, and help yourself.  Very practical, a tad dry sometimes, but the advice and recipes are invaluable. A
The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic,
by Michael Sims
5/27/12 Still reading.  So far, fascinating! K

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of May.  Anyone else reading a good book?

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