Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I Read in May

May was a touch and go month for the Goldens.  We had some great experiences - my little brother, Buddy, graduated from college with his BFA and started an internship at an art school in Gatlinburg.  My grandmother, Mema, came to visit and she and I worked on recording an oral history of our family.

But our little puppy, Chief, also got really sick.  We're still not sure why, but for a while we were worried he'd have to have a major surgery or be put to sleep.  The vet was saying things like "cancer" and "intestinal blockage" which are two of the worst things that can happen to Danes (or I'd assume any dog?)  Anyway, it turned out to just be a horrible reaction to something he ate - which could be anything since he'll try to eat whatever he can find.  He spent a few days in the pet hospital and then ate nothing but rice for another few days, but he's fine now.  We, on the other hand, are left with the enormous bill.  Turns out radiology for a 150 pound dog isn't cheap.  On the other hand, maybe we won't cringe so hard when it comes time to pay for our hypothetical child to have braces.

All told, it put a bit of a damper on the month, between worrying about his health and worrying about how to pay for his treatment.  We're thrilled that he's back to normal and will be fine financially, although we may eat a lot of ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly for the next few months.  As far as books are concerned, I had a pretty good month - not as many pages read as usual, but plenty of really good books:

Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer by Jeanne Bishop

Rex Libris, Volume II by James Turner

Lumberjanes, Volume I by Noelle Stevenson

California by Edan Lepuckie

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit

What I Hate from A to Z by Roz Chast

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

I discovered the Hoopla app and content available through Free Library of Philadelphia, and I've put it to major use this month. I'm really enjoying having the ability to stream audiobooks as opposed to downloading them and taking up space on my phone, which always seems to be stretched to the limit, not matter what I delete. I'll be writing more about Hoopla soon - it seems like it's becoming popular at lots of libraries and I have nothing but raves for it.

Books read in May: 17
Total books read this year: 88
Pages read in May: 3944
Total pages read this year: 23,771

Did you read anything good in May?

1 comment:

  1. I hardly had time to read in May, other than essays and additional student school work. June, I hope will be different. :)

    Good job reading and quite a variety, and that you're finding a way to listen to audiobooks more efficiently.