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Reading Log: May 2014

May has definitely been a crazy month after a string of crazy months. My reading life has gone way off track and I haven’t adjusted to my new routine at all – I just can’t seem to focus on anything!  You’ll see I picked up and put down quite a few books this month, and I have no idea if I’ll pick them back up or not.  Such is life!

Below is my Reading Log for May 2014, 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 (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

May 2014

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre

 

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul,
by Melodie Beattie
1/1/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
SH
One Man’s Meat,
by E.B. White
1/11/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
M
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,
by Maria Augusta Trapp
4/28/14 Still Reading TBD
K
M
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures,
by Malcolm Gladwell
5/21/14 Still Reading

 

TBD
K
NF
Little Women,
by Louisa May Alcott
5/22/14 Still Reading TBD
K

 

YA
The Fault in Our Stars,
by John Green
5/23/14 5/24/14 A+
K

 

YA

 

Anne of Green Gables,
by L.M. Montgomery
5/24/14 Still Reading TBD
AB
YA
Pride Over Pity,
by Kailyn Lowry
5/27/14 5/28/14 B
K
M
Black is the Color,
by Julia Gfroer
5/28/14 5/28/14 A
PB
F
The Cuckoo’s Calling,
by Robert Galbraith
5/31/14 Still Reading TBD
AB
F

Thoughts:

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, by Melodie Beattie – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading!  Got off track for a couple weeks, but now I’m back on schedule.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like a daily habit and other times it seems like I can’t go to sleep without it.  I’m not stressing if I don’t read every single day, and still enjoying the small doses of thoughtful messages as I go.

 …

One Man’s Meat, by E.B. White – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading… more like whittling away.  It’s taking forever and I keep forgetting about it for stretches of time until all of a sudden it’s exactly what I want to read. Maybe I’ll finish by the end of 2014!

 …

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by Maria Augusta Trapp – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  I bought this ebook on a whim after the live musical aired around Christmastime, and I finally got around to cracking it open.  So far the truth is still recognizable, although of course the musical exaggerated much of it.  I’ve read about a third of it, but I don’t know if I’ll continue… I’m just having the hardest time concentrating on reading right now!  Maybe I’ll come back to it…  eventually.

 …

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, by Malcolm Gladwell – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log 

I thought essays might be the ticket out of my reading rut – short and sweet seemed the way to go, and I’ve enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s other books.  The first essay didn’t hook me and halfway into the second I got distracted by something else.  I’ll definitely come back to it eventually, but so far I haven’t.

 …

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott – TBD (but come on, A+)

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

I don’t know, I guess I was feeling nostalgic on my birthday.  But the childhood antics are always slow going for me, so I put it down again.  Maybe I’ll skip around since I’ve read it so many times… or maybe I’ll just watch the movie to get my fix.

 …

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green – A+

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

Somehow the memory of this book dulled since I first read it, and I forgot the sheer impact of emotions that comes along… I remember tearing up the first time but I still didn’t expect it to affect me so much rereading it again.  But it did.  Having been a young Sick Person briefly, and by extension crating two Parents of a Sick Child, the relationships between all the teens and their families really resonated.  I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut and nothing could hold my attention, so I thought I’d read this again before the movie comes out.  I forgot how devastating it was, and even though I remembered the bare bones of what was coming (including my only criticism, that the dialogue is entirely aspirational but wildly unlikely), I was still surprised by the emotional impact.  I sincerely hope the movie is good…

 …

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery – TBD (but we all know A+)

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

Again with the nostalgia!  One day I ran out of podcasts to listen to on my walk, so I started listening to another audiobook version of AoGG by Librovox.  (I have the first few audiobooks on cd, but the podcast is more convenient.)  The different voices (and sound quality) were jarring at first but I still can’t resist the story.  I’ll either abandon this entirely or keep slugging along listening to a chapter or two a week… who can tell, I’ve been so fickle lately!

 …

Pride Over Pity, by Kailyn Lowry – B

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

Teen Mom is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine – I can’t help it, I’m drawn into their stories and fascinated by the sociological aspects of modern relationships and parenting.  So I was curious to hear the “behind the scenes” story of Kailyn Lowry – although I quickly realized that apparently I’m not as tuned into the tabloids as I thought because she addressed quite a few “rumors” that I’d never heard of before.  The writing is about what you’d expect, but I admired how blunt she was at times, and she really has been through a lot of traumatic experiences. Just like the TV show, it’s not a work of art but it was fun to satisfy my curiosity.

 …

Black is the Color, by Julia Gfroer – A

 The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

Of course I had to get at least one book for my birthday – I heard the word “mermaids” on an NPR podcast and had to have it.  I haven’t read a graphic novel in a long time, and maybe this is actually a comic book?  I’m not even sure, but it’s the visual equivalent of a short story – brief, poignant, and with an unsatisfactory ending (of course).  But I did love the hipster mermaids.  And the departure from the normal reading “experience.” But just like most short stories, I was left with the feeling of “It’s over already?”  I always feel like I’m missing something, like maybe I skipped the page with all the exposition, or some crucial AHA moment.

 …

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // May 2014 Reading Log

Still reading (listening).  I finally realized that I could sign into hubby’s Audible account on my devices so I can access the books he amassed before he stopped the subscription.  Most of the books aren’t my cup of tea, but there are a few that I’m excited the listen to, and this one definitely piqued my interest.  I don’t read a lot of mysteries, and this one is very classic detective-and-his-trusty-sidekick but with a modern twist.   I was not very impressed by The Casual Vacancy but I am really enjoying this one so far!

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

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