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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

Month in Review - May 2010


 

What an amazing month! Halfway through, I read 8 books. I really whooped in delight, since that meant I would be able to read more than my usual target. Of course, Murphy was looking at me from above and decided I shouldn't have a smooth ride after all. Soon after, I fell into a stickly rut, picked up book after book as an intense rescue mission, and at one point, had 6 books going. Yes. 6! So I didn't have such a great latter half in reading, but I had loads of fun with my blogging friends. Thanks to BEA! Who thought that being left behind by the BEA-goers could still be such a good thing? The Armchair BEA kept me and my Google reader really busy. I found so many wonderful blogs and am now trying to fit most of them into my daily schedule. {sigh}. So, here's what I read.
  1. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (3 cocktails)
  2. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (5 cocktails : WOW!)
  3. The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser (4 cocktails)
  4. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi (5 cocktails)
  5. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (4 cocktails)
  6. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (3 cocktails)
  7. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (5 cocktails)
  8. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara (3 cocktails)
  9. Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart (4 cocktails)

Discussion
  1. Ergh! I didn't like this book!
  2. Adieus, LOST! I will miss you...
  3. Rise of the online book club member
  4. The Blogger and the Microblogger
  5. Books from far, far away
  6. How to keep an active buzzing blog

Challenge Progress

Challenges completed: 0/12
  1. 100+ Reading Challenge: 43/100
  2. Awesome Author Challenge: 1/10
  3. Support your Local Library Challenge: 25/50
  4. Flashback Reading Challenge: 5/9
  5. 451 Challenge: 1/7
  6. Women Unbound Challenge: 3/5
  7. A to Z Challenge: 35/52
  8. Original TBR Challenge: 4/12
  9. Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: 3/10
  10. POC Challenge: 5/10
  11. World Party Reading Challenge: 0/12
  12. Orange Prize Project: 0

May Stats
Number of books: 9
Number of pages read: 2259
Number of Audio Books: 0
Hours listened to (completed audio books only): 0

Re-reads: 0
New-to-me authors: 8
Male authors: 3
Female authors: 6

Book cleared from my physical shelf: 2
Books added to my physical shelf: 8

Number of books added anew to my TBR this month: 153 {sigh, this is never going to reduce}

Comments

Ok, Climbing the Stairs has been staring me in the face for such a long time and I keep picking up other reads. I will read it next, I promise!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Ahhhh Lost. I'm still missing Lost.
Athira said…
Helen, you should read it!! It's incredible!

Juju, Me too.. I saw a Sawyer lookalike today and couldn't help but miss Lost all over again!