My Little Pocketbooks: May 2013: Wrap Up   

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May 2013: Wrap Up

May is over and I have another great month done!  But Dang!  Bussssy!  OMG!
I have worked, two reading challenges, blogging, book club, traveling to BEA, training with my trainer, dance class and life stuff all under my belt.  Whew!  I need to sleep for a month to get back into my mojo!  
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What's a woman to do?
This month has been good on the reading front.  I just got back Sunday from BEA and I will do a completely separate post about that hoard of books later.  I have to say if you have a book hoarding problem (not you but maybe a friend of yours) don't go!  Or at least just do one day and be done with it!  It is sooo overwhelming.  Never mind.  That is another post for another day!
This post does not include BEA books.
May was Asian Pacific Americn Heritage Month
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  This month I bought
  0 books. (A total of 4 book so far this year.  Audiobooks and e-books don't count since they don't take up space on my bookcase.)
 Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga Reviews where we all can link up our post about the new books in our lives.  I also add my new pocketbooks too! 

From Audible.com
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.
This is Mocha Girls Read book club book of the month. 

Free: The Past and Future of Radical Price by Chris Anderson
The New York Times bestselling author heralds the future of business in Free.
In his revolutionary bestseller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them. Far more than a promotional gimmick, Free is a business strategy that may well be essential to a company's survival.
The costs associated with the growing online economy are trending toward zero at an incredible rate. Never in the course of human history have the primary inputs to an industrial economy fallen in price so fast and for so long. Just think that in 1961, a single transistor cost $10; now Intel's latest chip has two billion transistors and sells for $300 (or 0.000015 cents per transistor--effectively too cheap to price). The traditional economics of scarcity just don't apply to bandwidth, processing power, and hard-drive storage.
Yet this is just one engine behind the new Free, a reality that goes beyond a marketing gimmick or a cross-subsidy. Anderson also points to the growth of the reputation economy; explains different models for unleashing the power of Free; and shows how to compete when your competitors are giving away what you're trying to sell.
In Free, Chris Anderson explores this radical idea for the new global economy and demonstrates how this revolutionary price can be harnessed for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike.
I got this book because of the title.  It's my favorite word and it was my favorite price too! 
 
Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn’t understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She’s been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she’s struggling to start a business out of her parents’ garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom.
Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But it’s not like she can go back in time and change who she was...or can she? 
I got this audiobook to help me read the ARC in my pile.  It goes a lot faster when I can read at home and listen in the car.  
  
From Book Club Book Swap
Before the Civil War, there lived in Louisiana, people unique in Southern history. For though they were descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. In this dazzling historical novel, Anne Rice chronicles four of these so-called Free People of Color--men and women caught periolously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain.

Free Bag from DSW
I got it free with purchase.  I think this will be a giveaway bag.  Of course there will be books in it.
Review Recap
Number of Books Completed
6
Blogging and Book Events
 
 I finished 3 books with this reading challenge.  I have so many here and honestly I thought I had only a few here.  Stupid me!  I am going to try and read at least one book a month (maybe).  
Here is my Goal Post and Wrap Post.

Bout of Books 
 Another Bout of Books has come and gone.  3 books have left my shelf and I am so thrilled about how much fun this read-a-thon was.  The Twitterchat was great and I am so looking forward to the next one.  
Here is my Goal Post and Wrap Post.

Bookmark To Blog
  I love this creative and fun monthly challenge.  I will be doing this again in June.  Check out my nonsense poem.  

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Reading Challenge Updates
 
 Here is an May Wrap Up of the number of books read and reviewed for the 11 Reading Challenges I signed up for.   
Off The Shelves Reading Challenge - 4 books  
Audiobook Reading Challenge - 3 audiobooks   
Anne Rice Reading Challenge - 0 books   
Books by Women Reading Challenge - 4 books  
TBR Pile Reading Challenge - 1 books   
2013 Resolutions Reading Challenge - 0 resolutions   
Dusty Bookshelf Reading Challenge - 1 books   
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - 1 book  
Variety Genre Reading Challenge - 2 book  
Good Reads Reading Challenge - 7 books   
Reading Challenge Addict - 1 challenges  

I completed another challenge!  The Women's Reading challenge is DONE!  I read 15 books written my female authors.  YEAH!  That makes 2 challenges so far and I think I will be done with another one next month.  Whoot!  Whoot!
Winners Winners
 Congratulations to #69 Tobi H and #73 Any W for winning the Mystery Box Giveaway.  
If you did not win, don't cry!  No!  Don't!  I have two Coach Bag giveways this month and 4 Birthday giveaways coming up.  Yep!  This is my B-day month and you are going to get the presents.  I will be hosting a giveaway each week this month.  Check in on Thursday for the first one!  All winners will be announced on my B-day!  June 30th.

How did you do this for the month of May?  Complete a challenge or two?  What new books did you get?

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