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Reviews:
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Bad Matter by Alexandra Duncan
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Civil War on Sunday (Magic Tree House #21) by Mary Pope Osborne
A Country Mouse in the Town House by Henrietta
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20) by Mary Pope Osborne
Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House #37) by Mary Pope Osborne
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline
Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley
I'm Not Going to Chase the Cat Today! by Jessica Harper
Inside Time by Tim Sullivan
Inside a Zoo in the City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest by Bruce M. Beehler
Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors by Nancy Carlson
Mermaid by Robert Reed
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra
Never Blood Enough by Joe Haldeman
The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King Smith
The Order of Things by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons by Andy Runton
Pigsty by Mark Teague
Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Comments for May 2010 in Review

May 2010 in Review: 05/31/10

In May I read four review books and got reviews for two ARCs posted. Over all my reading is down, falling below my one a day average. Part of that is from working the Census and not reading much in the way of picture books or short stories. Over all the books I reviewed were very good with most of them being five stars and the average rating being 3.93.

Although it's not a #ROOB month, I calculated my score for my reading. As I read through a ton of library books, my score is -2.7, down from last month's -3.54.

Books Reviewed in May

Five stars

  1. Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
  2. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  3. Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House #37) by Mary Pope Osborne
  4. Gossamer by Lois Lowry
  5. I am the Dog, I am the Cat by Donald Hall and Barry Moser
  6. In the Land of Cotton by Martha A. Taylor
  7. Inside Time by Tim Sullivan
  8. Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
  9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  10. Never Blood Enough by Joe Haldeman
  11. The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King Smith
  12. Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons by Andy Runton

Four stars

  1. Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
  2. Bad Matter by Alexandra Duncan
  3. A Country Mouse in the Town House by Henrietta
  4. Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
  5. Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20) by Mary Pope Osborne
  6. Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline
  7. Inside a Zoo in the City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  8. Mermaid by Robert Reed
  9. Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra
  10. Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

Three stars

  1. Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
  2. Civil War on Sunday (Magic Tree House #21) by Mary Pope Osborne
  3. Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley
  4. I'm Not Going to Chase the Cat Today! by Jessica Harper
  5. The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
  6. Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson
  7. Loudmouth George and the New Neighbors by Nancy Carlson
  8. The Order of Things by Barbara Ann Kipfer
  9. Pigsty by Mark Teague

Two stars

  1. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  2. Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest by Bruce M. Beehler

One star

Genre Source

Books and Stories Read in May 2010 (reviews coming)

  1. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
  2. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
  3. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  4. Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why It Matters by Janet Lembke
  5. THE CHANNEL: Stories From L.A. by Susan Alcott Jardine
  6. The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew, #11) by Carolyn Keene
  7. The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka
  8. From the Devotions: Poems by Carl Phillips
  9. A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
  10. The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10) by Laurie R. King
  11. The Improbable Cat by Allan Ahlberg
  12. Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
  13. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
  14. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet
  15. On A Scary Scary Night (Can You See What I See?) by Walter Wick
  16. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  17. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  18. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander
  19. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  20. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  21. Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
  22. The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller
  23. Tsunami Warning by Taylor Morrison
  24. Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus
  25. Veracity by Laura Bynum
  26. A Whisper in the Night: Tales of Terror and Suspense by Joan Aiken

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Comment #1: Tuesday, June, 1, 2010 at 10:47:43

gautami tripathy

You read such varied books. And Fast too. I have kind of slacked in May!



Comment #2: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 20:39:04

Pussreboots

I read while my computer is thinking about stuff. I read during breakfast. I read instead of watching television. Those little snatches of time add up.



Comment #3: Tuesday, June, 1, 2010 at 12:22:36

Freda

You had another awesome month!!



Comment #4: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 20:42:22

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #5: Tuesday, June, 1, 2010 at 17:39:05

Susan Alcott Jardine

I look forward to your review of my book, THE CHANNEL: Stories From L.A..

Thank you.
Susan Alcott Jardine



Comment #6: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 21:21:12

Pussreboots

I can tell you that I enjoyed it a good deal. I will get a more comprehensive review posted as soon as I can.