Wednesday, 1 June 2011

May Round Up and Month Ahead!

So last month I took part in too challenges. The first was one of my own and that was to read one graphic novel a week. This was in a bid to get through some of those graphic novels I've had lying around collecting dust. It was also in part to finally decide once and for all if I like them. I completed it and managed a total of five. I still have a few more lying around but I graphic novelled out, for now anyway. It felt strange reading them and I finally found a couple I did like (Watchmen and V for Vendetta). Whilst I probably won't go out of my way to read more I won't say never to them either.

The other was to take part in my first readalong. I class it as a challenge because it was a book that intimidated me. When I noticed the Iliad was being picked for a readalong I took the opportunity to pick it up. The result was that I enjoyed it and I found it easier to read than I thought. At some point I plan on reading The Odyssey.

I also read the following books;

Roadside Crosses - Jeffery Deaver
The Iliad - Homer
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (I always have to stop myself writing Alexander rather than Ian)
Heroes Vol1 - Various authors
The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike
Around the World In 80 Days - Jules Verne
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
Heroes Vol2 - Various authors
Sweet Valley Confidential - Francine Pascal
Miss Chopsticks - Xinran
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Annexed - Sharon Dogar
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
V For Vendetta - Alan Moore.

My least favourites were probably the Heroes graphic novels. Although if I had read them back when I watched the show I might have said differently. Sweet Valley and The Bonfire of the Vanities aren't that far behind them. I am having problems choosing one favourite too. I had such good fun reading Casino Royale and yet Miss Chopsticks was such a moving story. I think Miss Chopsticks wins it by a margin just because it was so well done.

I also joined Goodreads which I am having fun with (although pinterest is slowly taking over my obsession with it).

This month I am taking part in another readalong. I am reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts which is being hosted by Helen and Aths over at Reading on a Rainy Day. I bought this book about two years ago now so it's been long overdue a read.

I am also taking part in a challenge set by Gabe over at GabeReads. It's a challenge to read 'Books I Should Have Read By Now'. A great opportunity to get through some of my tbr pile. Actually, Shantaram is on that list too.

I have signed up to take part in a blog hop giveaway. If you click the button at the side it will take you straight there. Look out for that on the 25th when I announce the book I'll be giving away.

My reading has slowed down a bit this last week or so but I am looking forward to the month ahead.


  1. I love Goodreads. I actually started reviewing on Goodreads well before I started my blog!

  2. I've been posting on Goodreads for a couple of years now. It's the only way I can keep track of things :)

  3. I have a book journal and I keep a list of the books I read on my computer. Still doesn't stop me from forgetting mind you. I like Goodreads for seeing what others think of specific books. I know we have that on reader blogs or even amazon but there seems to be a wider range of reviews there.

  4. Nice month! I keep wanting to read Casino Royale. I've never read anything by Ian Flemming and I never know where to start. Good luck with The Odyssey.