Thursday, May 15, 2008

Celebrate the Author: May Reviews

May, the fifth month of our challenge, is here. I still can't believe it. This month especially has caught me by surprise. I still haven't read a book for this month's author. Which may not seem like such a big deal. But to me, it's just proof that I don't have it quite together yet. Anyway, leave a comment with a link to your review--if you have a blog. If you don't have a blog, you can just mention what you read this month to celebrate.

To read the original post about the challenge, click here. You can read January's round up here. If you participated but your link isn't included, please let me know by commenting on that post. I'll be sure to add you in. You can read February's round up here. Again, let me know if I've missed your post. And here is the post for March. Again, let me know if I've missed you. Same goes with April.

Writer2B has celebrated Arnold Lobel.

Joy celebrated Peter Yarrow. (But was less than impressed with Puff the Magic Dragon.)

Kim has celebrated Scott O'Dell with Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Becky has also read Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Laura has read Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.

Diane has read Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy.

Tara has read Marker by Robin Cook.

Mo has read The Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein.

Kara has celebrated with Susan Wiggs.

Alisonwonderland celebrated with Jodi Picoult.

Booksplease celebrated with Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster.

Debi read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

Lynne read The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy.

Krin has read Ellison Wonderland by Harlan Ellison.

Callista has read a few books by Margaret Wise Brown here

14 comments:

Joy 2:03 PM  

I celebrated Peter Yarrow's birthday by reading Puff the Magic Dragon.

writer2b 4:27 PM  

I celebrated Arnold Lobel here:
http://writer2b.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/celebrate-the-author-arnold-lobel/

Happy May!

Kim 7:59 PM  

I celebrated Scott O'Dell this month
Happy Reading!
*smiles*
Kim
(page after page)
http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2008/05/book-island-of-blue-dolphins-by-scott.html

Laura 5:43 AM  

I celebrated Peter Carey by reading Oscar and Lucinda

Here's my review:
http://laura0218.livejournal.com/49362.html

bookinhand 6:20 AM  

I celebrated Maeve Binchy by reading Circle Of Friends.

My review is here:

http://bookinhand.blogspot.com/2008/05/circle-of-friends.html

Diane

Tara 8:40 PM  

Hi there!! I read Marker by Robin Cook for this month's read. Thouroughly enjoyed it!!

http://talesofabookaddict.blogspot.com/2008/05/marker-by-robin-cook.html

Tara

Mo 1:34 PM  

This month I celebrated Linda Fairstein, who's birthday is May 5th - just two days before mine! (you can read my review of The Bone Vault by following the link!

Kara 4:41 PM  

I celebrated Susan Wiggs. Here is my review.

http://karabookchallenges.blogspot.com/2008/05/celebrate-author-susan-wiggs.html

alisonwonderland 2:00 AM  

i celebrated Jodi Picoult - whose birthday is May 19 - by reading Picture Perfect. my review is here.

BooksPlease 10:55 AM  

I celebrated Margaret Forster by reading Keeping The World Away see here

Debi 9:51 PM  

This month's celebration here had us reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

Thanks, as always, Becky!

Lynne 9:11 AM  

Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors. I read THE GLASS LAKE to celebrate her birthday. Link:

http://lynneslittlecorner.blogspot.com/2008/05/glass-lake.html

krin 10:50 AM  

I'm late with this comment, but I celebrated Harlan Ellison's birthday by reading Ellison Wonderland.

Callista 12:16 PM  

I read a few books by Margaret Wise Brown here

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