Thursday, June 9, 2016

May Wrap-Up

May Overview

I’m home! If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen me around lately, it’s because I’ve been in Kentucky at my grad school residency for the past two weeks. This was my second-to-last residency, and it was definitely the toughest one I’ve done so far. I led a discussion about post-postmodernist short fiction, which was nerve-wracking, but I think it went well. Then I participated in a full book workshop. This workshop was intense. I had to read, edit, and remember everything in this giant stack of paper. The paper stack weighed 16 pounds. I put it on the scale before I stuffed it in my carry-on suitcase.

Basically, May was crazy. I’m so exhausted that I’m going cross-eyed as I type this wrap-up. I also have a weird post-residency depression thing going on because residencies always make me realize how much work I have to do and how little time I have to do it. So, I’m slowly easing my way back in to blogging.

Books I Read

In addition to the paper mountain above, I read 9 books.

The Boy Who Dared – Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman
The Lover – Marguerite Duras
This Side of Providence – Rachel M. Harper
Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir – Michael White
Reality Boy – A.S. King

I also made some progress on my reading challenges. Click here to see how I’m doing.

Best Books Of May

I definitely had some strong opinions about May’s reading. I’m still working on getting reviews posted, but these were my favorites:

1. This Side of Providence – Rachel M. Harper
3. Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman

Most-Viewed Reviews

I guess you guys really like reading about this series.

Most-Viewed Non-Reviews

Tentative June TBR

Here are a few of the books I plan on reading in June. Let me know if you’ve read any of them.

Charm & Strange – Stephanie Kuehn
The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin
The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin

All The Things

All The Things (AKA my TBR pile) = 31 books.

I’m currently reading The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.

I hope you had a great May!


  1. Wow! Props to you for reading that much! Now I feel really lazy. Congratulations on finishing your second to last residency ☺

  2. I'm glad your residency went well.

    I've read The Lover, so I look forward to your thoughts on it.

  3. Whoa! That book workshop sounds intense! Hope your post-residency depression is fleeting!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. Wow sounds like your May and residency was crazy!! Hope you have a great June!!

  5. Gosh, that's a lot of paper to lug around! Great job reading that and 9 books, too! Have a great week!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

  6. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Reality Boy, which I read and loved last fall, and Stepford Wives, which I read when I was, like, nine or something crazy like that. Okay, maybe 12. But definitely before high school.

  7. Oh my goodness, Aj! Your residency sounds like pure craziness! I'm sure you're happy to be home, even if it's weird to realize you still have a lot of work to do.
    I have Never Let Me Go, and I think I should try to bump it up on my list of books to read.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews