Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Books Read in May

This year is going pretty well in terms of reading. I've no doubt that I'm going to kick-ass of my 80 books target, since I've finished 49 books by end of May. But it's been fun, and since my reading list is endless....I still feel that I am not fast enough. But practice makes perfect :-)) 

  1. Sixty-One Nails - Mike Shevdon - 01/05
    First book in the Courts of the Feyre series. I really enjoyed it. C. E. Murphy blurbed it as a Neverwhere for grown-ups, and I agree. It's different from a lot of my usual fantasy because the hero is a middle-aged, divorced, single parent - hence, your everyday man - who rises to his newly discovered Feyre heritage.
  2. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer - 07/05
    The latest in Artemis Fowl series - and again, loved it. Artemis Fowl is my favourite young hero (yes, even more than Harry Potter - because while I love Harry Potter series more, I would much rather prefer Artemis' company than Harry's).
  3. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris - 08/05
    The latest in Sookie Stackhouse. Another series I enjoy. But "Dead to the World" still remains my favourite book in the series so far.
  4. Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich - 10/05
    I have enjoyed Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich, so I thought I would try something else by her. This is slightly fantasyish - in that it has magic, but not too much. I liked reading it, but didn't find it as laugh-out-loud funny as Stephanie Plum. So in terms of review, I would read more in this series, but not necessarily run out to buy when it comes out.
  5. Matilda - Roald Dahl - 12/05
    I admit to a great shame here - until now I've never read any Roald Dahl. But then blame that to my foreign upbringing. There weren't Roald Dahl books around where I was growing up. So Matilda has been on my reading list, ever since I saw the movie Matilda (which I love). And I really enjoyed this book. Dahl's writing is FANTASTIC. I loved it so much, I had to read another book by him.
  6. The Twits - Roald Dahl - 15/05
    Love the insults in this book. Hilarious. Though didn't like the story so much - certainly not as much as Matilda.
  7. Dark Lover - J. R. Ward - 20/05
    Since a lot of people rave about Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I thought I would give this a go. So a mixed review about this - I liked the story, and I liked the characters - but not the writing. Especially not the dialogue. It was just too...well...wrong. Every guy speaks the same - and it doesn't match their history. But characters are compelling enough that I will read more books in this series, and hope that it improves over time, as it happens a lot since all new authors have stuff to learn after their first book.
  8. First Five Pages - Noah Lukeman - 21/05
    Interesting book about first five pages, and the kind of things that might make an agent or an editor stop reading your book.
  9. The Road to Bedlam - Mike Shevdon - 28/05
    May for me, began and ended with Mike Shevdon. This is the second book in Courts of the Feyre series, and again very good. Especially last third of this book was very good, in terms of plotting and pacing, and I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next. 


  1. Whew! I thought I was the only one in the known universe who was "meh" about J.R. Ward's book. Glad I'm not alone...though I doubt I'll continue on with the series. Too much other stuff I want to read. ;-)

    Nice line-up, and a good dent in your reading challenge, eh?

  2. Jamie,

    I always knew you were sensible ;)) Well, I will at least read second book, and see how I feel. If I get fed up, I won't bother. I'm giving it a chance because I know a lot of writers whose writing improved considerably overtime. (Think Harry Potter).

    Really enjoying conquering reading challenge :-))

  3. I loved The Twits.

    Happy reading.