Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New Years Resolution 2011: May Update

What do you like to read at the beach? Classics? Thrillers? Tearjerkers? Trash novels? I am a fan of the HUGE epic novel, give me Gone with the Wind, or Anna Karenina...Outlander or Pillars of the Earth, I want 600 pages or more of sweeping drama! Something that totally transports me to another world for days!!

Also I have started adding if books are from the Library or not, because I think that most of my books do come from the library. This month all the purchased books came from used bookstores, except for the Butch Cassidy book, purchased at the Territorial Prison Museum gift shop in Cheyenne.

Here are the books I read in May, and not a saga among them,:

Don't Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
In Search of Butch Cassidy by Larry Pointer
Once Upon a Time There was You by Elizabeth Berg (library)
Finding Serenity: Anti-heros, Lost shepards and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly ed. Jane Espenson
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris (library)
Black Widow by Randy Wayne White
Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America By Peter Biskind (library)
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (library)
Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen (library)
I don't know how she does it: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother By Allison Pearson (library)
Good Behavior by Donald Westlake
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (library)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (library)
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (library)
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Veiled One by Ruth Rendell
House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard (library)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (library)
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne (library)
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (library)
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates (library)

I got the Butch Cassidy book while we were on our Road Trip from NC to WA. We stopped at the Wyoming Territorial Prison Museum (which was terrific) and Butch Cassidy had been there for almost 2 years, July1894-January 1896. This book is about whether or not Cassidy was really killed in Bolivia (like in the movie with Robert Redford and Paul Newman) or if he returned to the USA and went straight for the rest of his life, dying in Washington State of cancer. Lots of evidence compared and contrasted. Fascinating!!

Continuing to read the different series by Bowen, Harris and Winspear. I have noticed that the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris are best read in order. The ones this month, Dead as a Doornail and Definitely Dead really have a lot of characters that you have met in previous books and to understand all the relationships between the different characters, it really helps if you have read the other books first.

Don't Look Behind You is a YA thriller and by the same author who wrote "I Know What You Did Last Summer"--bet you didn't know that one was a book first too!!! :-) And she also wrote "Hotel for Dogs" which was also made into a movie.

Elizabeth Berg writes "chick lit" often very sad, tear jerkers! I love her stuff and this one was not my favorite of hers (I like her period ones about the 1940's better) but it was good.

The Unnamed is about a man struggling with his mental health and the toll it takes on his marriage and his relationship with his daughter.

Black Widow by Randy Wayne White is a murder mystery set in Florida (Sanibel Island area). When I lived down there, my boyfriend at the time was drinking in a local bar and met the author! He got some books signed for me and I continue to read the latest by White whenever they come out, I am a bit behind as this is book number 16 in the Doc Ford Series and number 18 is out in hardback right now!

Star is Warren Beatty's biography, I have been on a biography kick, I read J.D. Salinger's last month and I want to read the new Rob Lowe autobiography....There is a new one out about Robert Redford too!

The Serenity book is a collection of a bunch of essays about the Firefly Television series and movie, Serenity directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.

Good Behavior by Donald Westlake, these are really fun heist novels. His Dortmunder series is great and I had not read this one yet. Lots of his stuff has been made into movies and there is a lot of action and comedy.

Started Early Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson, I am a huge fan and read everything by her when it comes out. She's British, and her books are set in England with a British Private Eye as the protagonist. This one concerns adoption and a woman trying to find out about her birth parents.

Charlie St. Cloud was made into a movie with Zac Efrom. Ben Sherwood also wrote "The Man who ate the 747". Very weepy, reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks' stuff.

Another Agatha Christie and another Ruth Rendell made the mix I always have these around in paperback for reading on the airplane.

House of Prayer No. 2, another southern memoir like "Little Boy Blues" by Malcolm Jones that I read earlier this year. I just am drawn to southern authors!
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is also a southern story with a really good mystery at it's core. Totally enjoyed it and read it in mere hours!!

Empire of the Summer Moon is a great non-fiction book about the Comanche Indians. Lots of fascinating history of Texas and the Indian Wars of the 1800's.

A Widow's Story is a look at the devastation that a death can have to your life. I read Joan Didion’s "The Year of Magical Thinking" previously and this is another look at that topic.

22 books in May


Anonymous said...

Wow... thought I read a favorite book this year...unbroken by Laura Hillenbrandt.... I even listen to books in the car to and from work...45 minutes each way!


Sue KuKu said...

If you like epics, try "The Far Pavillions" by M. M. Kaye.

Loved it and you learn lots about the Brits occupying and "civilizing" India. Besides, great love story.


Amanda from Seattle said...

I read Far Pavilions years ago, enjoyed it, I had seen the mini series!!

Rabid Quilter from California said...

Seeing your list and reading your comments is invaluable! We LOVE to see your lists! Do you "speed read"?

Amanda from Seattle said...

I read fast, but I don't know if I actually "speed read." I never took a course or anything. I have always just read really fast. The key is to be able to comprehend what you read too!! And I do. I can skim, but I don't consider that really reading. When I am reading, I can also totally tune out the rest of the world. If the book is especially good and engaging, I won't hear anything around me. You have to make an effort to get my attention.

kshotz said...

You ARE a fast reader! Have you gotten into bookcrossing? I just discovered it and am setting free some books from my shelf so that other people can enjoy them. If it's new to you, check it out at

Amanda from Seattle said...

Oh yes, I have done bookcrossing and also paperbackswap.