This was quite a busy week as the packing got into full swing. It's amazing how much stuff we've squeezed into our current place! Except for a few stragglers, I've pretty much finished packing my books, all 28, or was it 29 boxes! I sure don't envy the moving guys having to lug all those heavy boxes up and down the stairs! The boys have been having fun though playing on the empty bookshelves and jumping on the boxes! Today I've been working on emptying out the storage room, otherwise known as the room of chaos!! Why didn't I sort through some of this stuff earlier? Sigh. So needless to say, I've barely been online all week and I miss blogging! I'm looking forward to getting settled in our new place so life can find a calmer rhythm again.
I only managed one post this week, my review of The King's Bride by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a short fairy tale that was such fun to read. This edition was published by Oneworld Classics, an independent publisher in England that reminds me of Hesperus Press, of which I am also a fan. I like reading classics sometimes but I often shy away from the big chunky ones, so reading short, lesser known classics is right up my alley. Tomorrow I'll have a review up of The Museum Guard by Howard Norman. And then, I also hope to add my review to the growing number of rave reviews for Last Night in Montreal, the beautifully written debut novel by Emily St. John Mandel, but with moving day fast approaching I haven't had the time to really sit down and work out my thoughts on it so I'm not sure I can do the book justice right now. We'll see how it goes, but before that I suppose I should wrap up my reading for last month.
In May, my reading took me to Three Pines, a small town in Quebec to solve the murder of one of its long time residents. Then it was to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and my job there as a museum guard. Next, I went to boarding school in Alabama where I met some great friends, and my life changed forever after one fateful night. After that, I spent some time in Cape Breton, remembering our family's Scottish history. And finally, to a small town in Germany, where a sneaky gnome tried to get me to marry him!
(click on the title to read my review)
30. Still Life - Louise Penny
31. The Museum Guard - Howard Norman (review pending)
32. Looking for Alaska - John Green
33. No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod
34. The King's Bride - E.T.A. Hoffmann
My favourite book of the month is The King's Bride because it was just so much fun to read! I suppose my least favourite is The Museum Guard. I wanted to like it more than I did, but it was still worth reading. All of these books were by authors that I'd never read before, and of these I'm most looking forward to reading more by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Louise Penny.
New-to-me authors: 5
Books in Translation: 1
Books in: 3
Books out: 4
The Year of Readers: Reading for the Book Wish Foundation.
Money raised this month: $8
Total raised to date: $97
Reading Challenges Progress Report
(see sidebar for current challenges)
Book Awards II Challenge: Completed
Once Upon a Time III Challenge: 3 read, 0 to go (March 21 - June 20, 2009)
2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?: 9 read, 4 to go (by July 1, 2009)
Non-Fiction Five Challenge: 0 read, 5 to go (May 1 - September 30, 2009)
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge: 3 read, 2 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Lost in Translation Challenge: 7 read, 0 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: 3 read, 7 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
World Citizen Challenge: 0 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
What's in a Name? 2 Challenge: 5 read, 1 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Herding Cats II: Attach of the Hairballs: 2 read (until Dec. 31, 2009)
1% Well-Read Challenge: 0 read, 10 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Manga Challenge: 6 read, 0 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Graphic Novels Challenge: 2 read, 4 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
ARC Reading Challenge: currently 7 read, 7 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Long-term Reading Projects (Total read in 2009)
Reading Japan Project: 11 (including manga, 0 in April)
Orange Prize Project: 0
Reading plans for June
Other than a review book or two, I'm planning to focus on Canadian books for the month of June in an attempt to complete the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge which will end on July 1st. I'm reading another one right now, The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt. It's the second book in his Detective Cardinal series, and I'm enjoying it, whenever I get a chance to read a chapter or two in bed at night.
What do you plan to read in June?