In the I DIG READING CHALLENGE I pledge to donate a set amount of money for every book I read this year!
May was a great month in reading, because I was able to read 15 books-- but before you get unduly impressed, several of the Agatha Christies were more like novellas.
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie.
Set in Ancient Egypt, I honestly didn't think I would like this one, but once I gave it a chance, I did.
I also read The Adventure of “The Western Star”, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, and The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge by Ms Christie. She's excellent at what she does, but I do prefer the longer books to the novellas. I think she needs the extra space and time to give plausible reasons to suspect several characters. Just my two cents. :0)
The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle-- another classic Sherlock. I'm watching the new series from the BBC and loving how they integrate scenes and themes from the books into modern stories. So creative.
Hushed by Kelley York and The Circular Staircase by Mary Rinehart Roberts, both reviewed here.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. WOW did this book blow me away. This is how dystopia should be. It was incredibly well written, compelling story-telling with fantastic world building. LOVED it.
I re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets aloud with my kids.
I completed the Tomorrow, When the War Began series by John Marsden, reading Darkness Be My Friend, Burning for Revenge, The Night is for Hunting, and The Other Side of Dawn. I reviewed the series here. I could not love it more.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I liked the first one better, but this was a solid follow-up to Divergent. I will be very interested to see how she wraps up the series.
My donation this month will be to the Kindergarten Kickstart program-- the organization seeks to provide camp for kids in our neighborhood who are starting Kindergarten in the fall, with the goal of getting them ready to learn. SUCH a great program.