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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

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!