May 2014

Monthly Summary May 2014 One More Page

Books bought/borrowed/received/won:

*Enders by Lissa Price
*This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
*Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
*No Relation by Terry Fallis
*Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
*The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
*The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
*Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
*Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
*Moving Sideways Forwards Like A Crab by Shani Mootoo
*The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
*Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
*The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
*A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
*Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
*To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
*The House Girl by Tara Conklin
*Little Bee by Chris Cleave
*The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

Books read:

*Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (My Goodreads Review)
*No Relation by Terry Fallis (Review)
*The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill (Review)
*The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (Review)
*The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
*To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Other reviews:
*Then and Always by Dani Atkins (Review)

Holy moly. I did not realize how many books I added to my shelves this month. I think a book buying ban might be in my future… *sob*

Anyway, this was a very busy month for me! One of the highlights was being invited to have lunch with Lissa Price, the author of the Starters and Enders duology. I was so excited, nervous, and honoured to be invited! This was my first author lunch event and it was such a great experience. Lissa was so friendly, and so were all the bloggers I met! The food was delicious and it was just such a great time talking about books! Thank you so much Random House Canada for inviting me! You can read more about my experience here.

In my personal life, I took a cross-country greyhound out to Vancouver this month and boy… was it an experience! The bus ride was three days long which was a bit challenging, as sleeping on the bus was difficult. But it was also an amazing experience; the prairies were stunning (also, very flat) and I felt so overwhelmed when we were being (what felt like) engulfed by the mountains in Banff. I never noticed or cared for the mountains when I was living in the west coast, but now that I’m living in mountain-less Toronto I definitely feel their absence. It was so wonderful getting to see my friends again, and I hope to see them again soon in the future.

Reading wise, I felt like my month was a little slump-y. It took a while for me to find my groove, but I ended up loving quite a few books! The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, No Relation, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before were standouts. I can’t wait to see what June brings!

Did you read any great books in May? Were there any standout moments this month?

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12 thoughts on “May 2014

  1. The Paperback Princess says:

    May seems like it was a huge month for you! You really did add a lot of books to your shelves! I’m jealous – I think I’m finally coming out on the other side of my book buying ban. It seemed like for a while there I had so many books that I still had to read but looking towards my next read, I don’t have too many options left! I’m dying to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane – how was it?

    I can’t imagine a 3 day bus ride but I would love to see that much of Canada. And yeah – the mountains are definitely something you take for granted out here. I can’t imagine living without them though.

    • kmn04books says:

      The Ocean of the End of the Lane was quite good. I didn’t know what to expect going into it, but it was strange and quirky and magical. If any of those adjectives sound appealing to you, I’d say give it a try! It recently came out in paperback too.

      Haha the 3 day bus ride was definitely trying at times, but I don’t regret doing it. You’re lucky to live near the mountains. They really have a calming effect. I miss them already!

  2. Naomi says:

    What a great month! So many books, and so many great experiences. I must have missed your post about lunch with Lissa Price. I just read it now, and it sounds amazing. I’m curious to hear about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And, I’m anxious to read No Relations. I will have to get my hands on it!

    • kmn04books says:

      To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was very good! It’s a young adult read and out of the contemporary young adult books I’ve read lately it’s the one I’ve enjoyed the most. AND it’s a duology!! So I’m super excited about that.

      No Relation was a five star read for me (as I’m sure you know). I hear it’s less political than his previous works, but it’s very funny and entertaining. I would highly recommend it!

  3. Charlie says:

    Six books is really good. I guess you read on the coach? (Or do you get travel sick – so annoying!) Glad you got to see your friends and all the places you passed to get there. My favourite last month was Isla Morley’s Above.

    • kmn04books says:

      Haha I read on my Kindle on the bus, so it wasn’t too bad! Oohh, Above sounds very interesting. I’ll have to go look it up! Thanks for visiting and commenting! 🙂

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