May 2021 Month-in-Review

Warm weather, breweries, getting out on the water, camping—is it any wonder I didn’t get much reading or blogging done in May, even with the semester ending?  I’m looking forward to more summer reading, but it was a great month.

I took some time after the semester ended for some projects around the house, digging a French drain* at my house and ripping out the existing landscaping directly around my mom’s house.  Of course I didn’t get either project finished as quickly as I thought I would, or get to the other projects I had planned.  I bought a kayak but haven’t taken it out yet.  The highlight and capstone of the month was no-angel’s first camping trip, her first rafting trip, and her first time touching a fish.  She was an absolute trooper and had a BLAST.

*If you ever get a chance to dig a French drain by hand through 80 feet of red clay and rock and root . . . pass.

It was a slow reading and blogging month, but I posted two reviews and maintained TBR parity.  It doesn’t show in my stats below because it isn’t a “book,” but I made serious progress on Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast.  I have already decided that I will start Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire on audiobook after I finish that podcast.  So that will keep me busy for 126 hours!  Also on the dock for my Foundations project is Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and The Federalist Papers.

May Reviews

Books acquired

  • Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music by Ted Gioia
  • Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman et al.

Books started

  • The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
  • Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music by Ted Gioia
  • Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
  • Conan the Rogue by John Maddox Roberts
  • Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (reread)

Books finished

  • The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
  • Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
  • Conan the Rogue by John Maddox Roberts

Mount TBR Counter

  • May: +0
  • Year-to-date: -2

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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2 Responses to May 2021 Month-in-Review

  1. Off The TBR says:

    Where did you go camping/rafting? And wow it’s crazy how fast the kids grow up. I still remember the her as a little baby when you guys were passing through Lexington.

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    • H.P. says:

      A buddy of mine bought land about an hour west of here. He is putting up short-term rentals, but it is just undeveloped (albeit graded) land for now. It is hard to tell in the pic I posted, the river we rafted is in the background.

      Fun fact: that day in Lexington was three years ago today.

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