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The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
At Ease by Evan Bachner
The Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony
Bannock, Beans and Black Tea by John Gallant and Seth
Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami
Bone 09: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
Brain Camp by Susan Kim
Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young
Early Hayward by Robert Phelps
Fullmetal Alchemist 01 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 02 by Hiromu Arakawa
Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin
Havana Mañana by Consuelo Hermer and Marjorie May
How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
The New Gay Teenager by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade by Meomi
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
The Phone Book by Ammon Shea
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates
Welcome to Monster Town by Ryan Heshka
The World at Night by Alan Furst
xxxHolic 01 by CLAMP

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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 2011 in Review

May in Review: 05/31/11

I read eleven fewer books in May as in April. I finished the same number of review books. As with previous months, the majority of my books came from my local library.

My projects were all over by the start of the month so all the picture books that I read were with my children. Now that my daughter can read with confidence she's not climbing into my lap as often for story time. Manga is filling the empty space created by reading fewer picture books.

I continue to be obsessed with Fullmetal Alchemist but I'm getting near the end of the series. That mean's I'm reading the currently popular issues and competing with my fellow patrons for a chance to read them! I did however still manage to read five volumes. I even got reviews posted for Volumes One and Two.

My ROOB score remains at last month's score of -2.15.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Stars:

  1. At Ease by Evan Bachner
  2. Bannock, Beans and Black Tea by John Gallant and Seth
  3. Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami
  4. Bone 09: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
  5. Brain Camp by Susan Kim
  6. Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
  7. Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young
  8. Fullmetal Alchemist 01 by Hiromu Arakawa
  9. Fullmetal Alchemist 02 by Hiromu Arakawa
  10. Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
  11. Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin
  12. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
  13. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
  14. The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
  15. The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
  16. The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
  17. The Phone Book by Ammon Shea
  18. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
  19. Welcome to Monster Town by Ryan Heshka

    Four Stars:

  1. Early Hayward by Robert Phelp
  2. How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner
  3. The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade by Meomi
  4. Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates
  5. The World at Night by Alan Furst
  6. xxxHolic 01 by CLAMP

    Three Stars:

  1. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  2. The Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony
  3. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  4. Havana Mañana by Consuelo Hermer and Marjorie May
  5. The New Gay Teenager by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
  6. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
  2. "Dead Man's Run" by Robert Reed FSF Nov/Dec 2010
  3. "The Exterminator's Want Ad" by Bruce Sterling FSF Nov/Dec 2010
  4. "Literomancer" by Ken Liu FSF Sept/Oct 2010
  5. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
  6. Lovely is the Lee by Robert Gibbings
  7. Management Basics for Information Professionals by G. Edward Evans
  8. Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
  9. "Plinth without Figure" by Alexander Jablokov FSF Nov/Dec 2010

    Library books

  1. 50 Dangerous Things by Gever Tulley
  2. The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
  3. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
  4. Babyberry Pie by Heather Vogel Frederick
  5. Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
  6. Black Butler, Vol. 2 by Yana Toboso
  7. Books Do Furnish a Room by Anthony Powell
  8. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  9. The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli
  10. Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems
  11. Except if by Jim Averbeck
  12. Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! by Jane O'Connor
  13. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 15 by Hiromu Arakawa
  14. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 16 by Hiromu Arakawa
  15. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 17 by Hiromu Arakawa
  16. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 18 by Hiromu Arakawa
  17. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 19 by Hiromu Arakawa
  18. The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming
  19. Laurie by Elfi Nijssen
  20. Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story by M.G. King
  21. Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
  22. Nick Of Time (Nick McIver, #1) by Ted Bell
  23. The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
  24. Ranma 1/2, Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
  25. The Road to Oz by Kathleen Krull
  26. The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine
  27. Silent Music by James Rumford
  28. Socksquatch by Frank W. Dormer
  29. Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth! by Sarah Weeks
  30. Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na
  31. Spork by Kyo Maclear
  32. Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
  33. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 2 by CLAMP
  34. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 3 by CLAMP
  35. Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
  36. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  37. XXXHolic, Volume 7 by CLAMP
  38. XXXHolic, Volume 8 by CLAMP
  39. Zodiac P.I., Volume 1 by Natsumi Ando

    Review copy

  1. Life After Joe by Harper Fox
  2. Through The Triangle by C.P. Stewart
  3. The Time Pirate (Nick McIver, #2) by Ted Bell

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Comment #1: Wednesday, June, 1, 2011 at 11:04:13

Freda

You had a great month by my standards! Happy June reading!



Comment #2: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:58:10

Pussreboots

Thank you. Happy reading to you as well.



Comment #3: Wednesday, June, 1, 2011 at 18:18:19

ibeeeg

You have some interesting sounding books listed. I am currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist: brotherhood. Think we are on episode 5. Anyway, things are already different that the other FMA anime. Did you watch Brotherhood? I have read that Brotherhood follows the manga books more closely. Regardless, i am finding it interesting. Once FMA manga comes out with omnibus books then we will start reading the series. They are rather scarce in the library system.



Comment #4: Friday, June 3, 2011 at 23:43:21

Pussreboots

I've watched Brotherhood all the way up to Part 3. I am waiting for Netflix to make Part 3 available. The manga and Brotherhood are somewhat different though not as drastically as the original anime and the manga are.