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May 2014 Roundup

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May in the Midwest has been beautiful and I’m sorry to see it go.  The days are getting longer and the nights are getting hotter. Summer writing assignments have started rolling in and I’ve been reading (plenty) and doing a bit of writing (not enough) and I’m sporting a new bob for the summer weather. 🙂

An Overview

Earlier this month I got on a fantasy/paranormal kick and after devouring some YA fantasy, moved on to vampires with Abigail Gibbs and now, an introduction to the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. Totally unrelated, I also squeezed in a reading of Sense & Sensibility, which I’ve read in parts before but never all the way through. Score one for Janeites!

All this reading is adding up to my page/book counts for this year’s summer reading club.  St. Louis is blessed with several library systems in the area (St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis County Library, St. Charles City-County Library and the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis) and each has a summer reading club with lots of prizes/raffles for entry. I talked more about the prizes for my local library in a blog post earlier this month (see link below gallery).

In case you missed it, here were some of the posts for the month of May:

 

Links: New Reviews in Print at HNR | Summer Reading Club Launches | Steampunk Fashion | Shakespeare Quiz (not pictured) | Review: Seeking Persephone | Review: Fiendish Schemes | Review: The Amaranth Enchantment | Review: Much Ado About Jack

Goodreads 2014 Challenge Update

For those of you who are following my Goodreads challenge, here are the stats for the month:

Total Books Finished: 14

Total Abandoned Titles: None!

Total Page Count for April 2014: 4,882

Total Books for the year: 43

BONUS!!

By reading Merrie Haskell’s The Princess Curse and Julie Berry’s The Amaranth Enchantment, I have also completed my commitment to the Once Upon a Time VIII challenge:

I am also 9 books away from completing my big reading challenge for the year:

I hope to finish that up in June. 🙂 I am thrilled with the amount of reading I’ve done this month but I don’t think that it’s sustainable.  Inevitably, as soon as another project gets my attention, most of my free time will be re-allocated to that instead of to reading. Still, I never thought that I’d get close to 5k in pages in a single month, my best-ever total this year.

What’s Coming Up

In June, I will finish writing the book reviews for the next issue of The Historical Novel Review (August) and I am also planning on attending the June workshop next weekend being hosted by the St. Louis Writers Guild (see info here).  I’ll be doing a write-up of the event for a future issue of The Scribe, the guild’s online literary magazine.

I’d like to spend a part of June with some time away for myself but also a few get-togethers with other creative people to bounce ideas off them. A dear friend of mine uses her birth month as a time to start things fresh, make new goals, and have fun all month-long.  I’d like to follow her lead and do some brainstorming, dreaming and goal-setting of my own.

5 months down, 7 to go until 2015!

Coming up next week: New reviews and an inspiring quote and check back next weekend for an all-new edition of Showcase Sunday.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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