May 2013 Reading Wrap-Up and June Plans

Posted June 6, 2013 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 21 Comments

Infinite Jest quote

Hmmm…I don’t think I have anything even remotely exciting to share with you about what I did in May, aside from reading, of which I did a whole crap ton. Seriously. I look back on everything I read and wonder how I did it all. I am EFFICIENT, apparently. Ha!

Finished in May: 23
YTD: 90

  • The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris (editors)
  • Danse Macabre, Stephen King
  • Frozen in Time, Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Roving Tree, Elsie Augustave (review coming soon)
  • Immortal Bird, Doron Weber
  • Fight for Your Long Day, Alex Kudera
  • A Virtual Love, Andrew Blackman (review coming soon)
  • The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus
  • Famous Drownings in Literary History, Kevin Haworth
  • The Black Country, Alex Grecian
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe
  • Cujo, Stephen King
  • Bayou, Vol. 1, Jeremy Love
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  • Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams
  • Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams
  • Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell (review coming soon)
  • The Running Man, Richard Bachman
  • Sight Reading, Daphne Kalotay
Photo by Meg of SnobberyClick here to see the list of everything I’ve read in 2013

Pages read in May: 6,562
YTD: 30,535

Pages Read in May 2013

Currently reading:

Also reading in June:

  • I’ve joined The Beats of Summer–a Beat Generation event hosted by Roof Beam Reader–and I have six books picked out to read.
  • sj and I will be reading Creepshow, Different Seasons, and Christine for our ongoing READ ALL THE SK project.
  • I’ll be starting Still Midnight (Denise Mina) soon for BOOK CLUB, hosted by Devourer of Books and Linus’s Blanket.
  • Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (The Blerd Book Club)
  • I didn’t start Song of Susannah (Stephen King) in May, so I’m going to try to get it read in June.
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (Project Read All Of Atwood)
  • You Are Free by Danzy Senna (Twitter Book Club)
  • The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo (TLC Book Tours)
  • A few other ARCs I’ve received recently

I feel like there is more on my reading plate than what’s listed above, but maybe not. I tried to leave June relatively “open” so I could participate in the various readalongs I wanted to join.

Anyway, I am so happy to be rereading Infinite Jest with a group of great people; I’m excited to be learning more about the Beat Generation; I’m actually having lots of fun rereading Moby-Dick with Laura; and it looks like June is going to be a fun reading month overall.

What are your plans for June? Is there a particular book you’re looking forward to reading?


  • The number of books you’re reading all in one go is getting out of control! How do you manage to keep everything organized? I can barely track characters in some novels I read let alone across novels.

    • I don’t know–I used to be a devout book monogamist, but reading more than one book at one time doesn’t seem to bother me anymore. I think it helps that Infinite Jest and Moby-Dick are rereads. I also use a task managing app on my phone to keep track of the book club reads and where I should be in each of them. I think it also helps that all of the books are so different.

      But you’re right–a couple of days ago I had eight books going at once and it was TOO MUCH. I finished three of them yesterday, and I should be finishing another of them tomorrow. Then I’ll be back down to a more manageable amount. Sheesh.

  • Yeah, I can’t do it. I can read a second book if it’s a re-read, or if it’s non-fiction… other than that, I’m most definitely a monogamous reader.

    • My book monogamy only changed within the last couple of years–since I’ve been a blogger, actually. My father has always read more than one book at a time, and we used to have “arguments” about it all the time. I just didn’t understand how he could do it. Now I know. Haha!

  • Ohhhh, Christine is one of my favorites. I don’t know why, just love it. That one quote just made me want to read Infinite Jest, like, immediately. But I’m thinking I’m going to make my way through the Dark Tower series, or at least keep reading each consecutively until I run out of steam. (If I do). I am amazed at how many books you can get through. I wish I could be that prolific now 🙂

    • Yes, read the Dark Tower series! That’s my all-time favorite series. It’s so good. I’m almost to the end of my reread of it now.

      • I’m only on The Drawing of the Three, but it’s so good.

  • You’re amazing!! How was The Golem and the Jinni? Is it worth picking up? This month, two of the books I’m looking forward to reading are Man in the Empty Suit and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 🙂

    • The Golem and the Jinni is wonderful. I really liked it. Definitely worth reading.

      I want to read Man in the Empty Suit, too, and YAY FOR HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE! Wooooo!

  • Heather, how do you manage to do it, I mean read so many book within May/June? I’m more than impressed.

    Do you know my son has also become a Stephen King addict? I have a couple of his books in my stuff that I’ve never read and he found them. He was home from school on a sick exeat and he read one, Cell, before he left on Wednesday. He is now hooked and has asked me to get him some more for the holidays. 🙂

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Efficient indeed!! Butt kicking month! I love how much SK you are reading. I’m in the middle of Under the Dome right now 🙂 This is the first time I’ve ever read more than one book at a time. I’m doing Dome for a readalong and have review obligations so… I had to do it. It’s weird, but I’m getting used to it.

    Happy June! Good luck with the Beats event

  • I find it difficult to read a book and listen to an audiobook at the same time. I think my book monogamy may be unhealthy. But, your list is kicking me in the bum and reminding me that I really need to read more Stephen King. And finish the Hitchhikers books.

  • wow. i’m always so amazed. I LOVE how much you read! :-)…. I’m about to pick up my kindle now while I do laundry. inspired.

  • 23 in May??? You’re a-MAY-zing! Okay, that was so bad, but sorry, I had to! 🙂

  • How are you enjoying Moby Dick?

    • I think I’m enjoying it much more this time than the first time I read it. I’m appreciating it much more this time.

  • SERIOUSLY? How do you read all these books! I’m so jealous. You must never sleep 😉

    • I love to sleep, probably as much as I love to read. Hahaha! I don’t know how I fit it all in, honestly. EFFICIENCY, MAN.

  • Um, I’m in shock. And then I would have spurt coffee all over my computer if I had been sipping while reading that you are KEEPING JUNE *OPEN*!?!??! too funny. And amazing. I wish my head had been in the game to join in on the Infinite Jest readalong. I really had hoped to get into that one soon. I might save it for August. Something tells me it will fit just fine into August.