Sunday, May 31, 2009

TSS: May Reading Wrap-Up

The Sunday

I didn't have a great reading month in May; my schedule was too hectic to get a lot of reading done. I mentioned on Twitter earlier this month that I would be lucky to get 8 books read. I must have been extra lucky as I ended up with 9. I've now read 61 books in 2009, and I'm very happy with my progress.

May Reads:
The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes by Bruce Wexler
The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E. J. Wagner
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Classic Starts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Chris Sasaki
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
Jillian Dare by Melanie M. Jeschke
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Angel's Advocate by Mary Stanton

The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
I enjoyed all of these books, but The Language of Bees was definitely my favorite. Laurie R. King's writing never ceases to amaze me; the characters always feel like old friends and the Mary Russell series seems to get even better with each installment. I absolutely can't wait for the tenth book, The Green Man, to be released next year. Especially given the ending of The Language of Bees...

Full reviews of the books listed above (including The Language of Bees) to come soon. I'll be able to blog much more regularly now as this week I finally purchased a laptop. I bought a Sony Vaio and I'm in love. I'll probably post a review of the computer, too, once I've had a chance to use it more. (I can't wait to try out the Blu-Ray DVD drive!)

Kindle 2
In addition to the laptop, I was the lucky winner of a Kindle 2 from in a Twitter contest from the folks behind Glue, a social-networking tool launched by Adaptive Blue. I think I'm still in shock that I actually won. I've read four books on my Kindle so far and have taken it along on several overnight trips. It's so convenient to be able to take multiple books with me without taking up a lot of space in my bag. The digital ink technology is amazing; you don't feel like you're looking at a screen at all. I'm very happy with my Kindle and would definitely recommend it to other readers who are thinking about investing in an e-Reader.

Giveaways ending soon:
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories
Books 1-3 from the Enola Holmes Series by Nancy Springer


  1. You know, I think the ending of Language of Bees is even more wicked in audio form--my thumb kept wanting to click over to the next audio section. Arrggh--no more sections! Arrrggh!

    Oh, I just read one of your May reads--The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and *greatly* enjoyed it. Excellent bookage, that! :D That's a great example of why I freaking LOVE my kindle for iphone app. I read a good review of SatBotP, bought it with one-click on desktop and really *was* reading it within one minute on my iphone. That'll translate into print book sales too because I'll end up getting print copies for some upcoming presents.

  2. Vicki, if I weren't for The Language of Bees, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie would have been my pick for the month. I loved it! Flavia is such a unique character.

    You reminded me that I need to pick up an audiobook copy of The Language of Bees. I love going back and listening to the books on audio. My mother always asks me to play the audiobooks for her whenever we go on car trips together. No more squabbling about which radio station to play!

  3. I'm glad you love your new laptop! It's always so much fun to get a new computer. Of course, it's only happened to me twice, but I like to share in the fun when others get new ones. =)

    I still haven't tried any of Laurie R. King's books. I need to fix that soon!

  4. Boy, what a month you had! New Kindle, new laptop - I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

  5. Meghan, I think you would really enjoy the Mary Russell series. It's a wonderful blend of mystery, historical fiction and literary fiction.

    Kathy, I knew I was forgetting something when I published this post! I can't believe I forgot to mention the Kindle. Off to edit this post...

  6. Congrats on your Kindle win! How exciting!