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May 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

June 2, 2012

Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 2086
Hours Listened To: 0

Books read:

  • Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore
  • Women Without Men – Shahrnush Parsipur
  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity 
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body – Lesley Kinzel
  • Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular – Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
  • Attention All Passengers: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent – And How to Reclaim Our Skies – William J. McGee
  • Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes – Michael Cho
  • A Man’s Place – Annie Ernaux

Bloggers (and other online friends) visited: MuslimahColleenRhiannon, Trish
Places visited through reading: USA, Iran, Dominica, Canada, France
Places visited irl:
 Canada (PEI and Ontario), Virginia (USA)

Book Purchases: This was actually a big month for me in terms of book purchases. I picked up four books about Toronto, the two listed above as well as Stroll by Shawn Micallef and Imagining Toronto by Amy Lavender Harris. In addition, after seeing the show I ordered Stockholm by Byrony Lavery, and I pre-ordered Kody Keplinger’s next YA release because I’ve really enjoyed her first two.

Thoughts and ramblings: You’re probably thinking that nine books is another great reading month – and it really is. The funny secret behind that number, however, is that two of those were books full of pictures, and another four were under 200 pages. This was a very slow month for me in terms of what I got read, but I did really enjoy everything that I read, so it’s all worth it!

So what kept me busy this month? Besides a trip home to see the family for my little sister’s graduation from university, and a week in Virginia for work, I spent almost three weeks home and, if they are any indication of the summer to come, it will be a fantastic one.

The month started with the ending of Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival – over a week of fantastic documentary screenings. I caught a number during the first days at the end of April. In May I caught: Finding North, about the working poor and hunger in the USA; The Revisionaries, about the creationists on the school board in Texas attempting to re-write the books for schools; We Are Legion: The Story of Hactivists, about the Anonymous hacker group, and; Sexy Baby, about navigating the world today as a woman with ‘sexy’ being everywhere.

In addition to the films above, I spent a lot of time in the park enjoying the sun, biking, planting the vegetable garden, and attending random events. The events I’ve attended included a discussion on the importance of health equity, a social policy discussion, and two events put on by Women in Toronto Politics. I went to the Street Food Block Party and ate great street food, and to a comedy show at Yuk Yuk’s. I saw the play Stockholm, as well as Kim’s Convenience. I also volunteered with the second SlutWalk Toronto (this is where it all started last year!).

I hope your month was just as fantastic. I’ll see some of you in June at Book Expo, looking forward to that. What else are you excited for in May?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012 8:44 am

    Looks like you had a great month at home – so many fabulous events :-) From your list o books, I want to read Bitterblue. I read Wide Sargasso Sea but didn’t really love it.

    • June 10, 2012 9:42 pm

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t love WSS Tanya, but I do hope that you enjoy Bitterblue!

  2. accrabooksandthings permalink
    June 2, 2012 5:21 pm

    Sounds pretty busy to me!

  3. June 3, 2012 8:14 am

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous month. I checked out the “Slutwalk” I didn’t know what that was – what a terrific way to raise awareness. I am going to bring it up at my women’s service group.

    • June 10, 2012 9:45 pm

      Glad to hear it Jayme! It’s gone around the world once, but sadly very little change since it first started last year in Toronto. Awareness isn’t all that is needed, but it is a good start!

  4. June 3, 2012 9:27 am

    Another impressive month, Amy.

    If you liked those weeks in May, you must be a heat-lover. Not for me, ;-)

  5. June 3, 2012 4:57 pm

    Lets hear it for picture books! ;)

    • June 10, 2012 9:51 pm

      They are the best. That’s all I’m saying on that topic Cass. heh

  6. June 3, 2012 5:35 pm

    It still sounds like a great reading month to me :) Love your choices as always, plenty of them will have to go on the tbr. And your non-reading activities sound amazing as well. Have a great June :)

  7. June 3, 2012 10:00 pm

    Sounds like you had a terrific month in books! :-)

  8. June 4, 2012 6:40 am

    A busy and interesting month, no doubt.

  9. June 4, 2012 6:45 am

    My May was helplessly slow too. Did a lot of travelling and less of reading. Yours looked packed and exciting… share mine tomorrow.

    • June 10, 2012 9:53 pm

      Travelling is fun though isn’t it Nana? I look forward to eventually catching up on your blog, it’s been too long since I’ve been regularly reading blogs!

  10. June 4, 2012 11:53 pm

    It sounds like a great month…I’m glad we got to go catch one of the Hot Docs screenings together!

  11. softdrink permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:38 pm

    You’re at BEA? Hope you’re having fun!!

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