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Wow! Last month's garden theme generated a lot of action. Here's the theme for May:

Post your May reads and releases here. Please include the points for the post and your total points so far.

This challenge is for readers and/or releasers. Join in at any time! The themes and guidelines can be found here:

Each book can earn up to three points:

Read = 1 point. All books count, including registered books, audiobooks, e-books, library books and non-registered books.

Release = 1 point. Books must be registered. Both wild and controlled releases count and you can count releases from other challenges.

Theme = 1 point. If the book you read and/or release fits the monthly theme, you get another point. Each book can receive a theme point only once. Embedded words are allowed, and theme words can occur in the title or in the author’s name.

May: Arts and crafts—words related to arts and crafts (e.g., yarn, build, paint). Also, biographies of artists and books where one of the main characters is an artist or crafter or the story revolves around a piece of art, even without a theme word in the title.

Examples: The Girl with a Pearl Earring (features a painter), A Thread of Sky, The Silver Needle Murder

Be creative, and if you have any questions, please post here or pm me. If I haven't answered your question in the thread, please do pm me. I don't get to check the forum very often.


Nothing yet, will be back later in May with points

Starting off with 92 points YTD


Nothing yet! I'll keep looking, though! I'm just doing 2-pointers and 3-pointers.

MTD: 0
YTD: 244



1. Arthur's First Sleepover by Marc Brown 1pt
2. A First Look at Animals Underwater by Diane James and Sara Lynn 1pt
3. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson 1pt
4. Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini 1pt
5. why be Happy When You Could be Normal 1pt
6. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham 1pt
7. Torchwood: Lost Souls by Joseph Lidster 1pt
8. News From No Man's Land: Reporting the World by John Simpon 1pt
9. Back with Vengeance CJ Carver 1pt
8. A Mother's Promise by Dilly Court 1pt

Released & Themed

1. The FAIRYTALE Doll Book:Introduced by the Three Bears by Valerie Janitch (pattern book for doll making)


1. Disordered Minds by Minette Waters 1pt
2.The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera 1pt
3. Gideon by Russell Andrews 1pt

MTD 15pt
YTD 64pts


2 points:
The Middle PLACE (lace) by Kelly Corrigan

Mrs. WOOLf (wool) and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light

MTD: 4
YTD: 248


3 points:
The Bird ARTIST by Howard Norman

MTD: 7
YTD: 251


2 points:
Eleven Days: a Novel by Lea CARPENTER

MTD: 9
YTD: 253


Flowers in the Attic - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 1
Total 100


Travels with a Donkey in the Cevannes - 1 pt
The Queen of Subtleties - 1 pt
Both the above were released with pre-printed labels & I realised too late that I hadn't taken the numbers.......
the Poyson Garden 1 pt
The station master's Farewell 1 pt
Desert Rose 1 pt
Poppy Shakespeare 1 pt
The THREAD - 2 pts
Excellent Women 1 pt
PAPER Lanterns 2 pts
read & Released:
ALL WOUND UP - essays about knitting - 3 pts
The GLASS BLOWER of Murano - 3 pts
MTD :17
YTD: 90


All released for this month's theme:

1 - False Impression [about a Van Gogh painting - see JE for more]

2 - Zodiac FELTies: 16 Compelling Astrological Characters to CRAFT

3 - Jazzy Jeans [about jazzing up jeans with craft and sewing - see cover illustration]

4 - The Messy Book of Things to MAKE and Do

5 - Porcelain PAINTER's Handbook

6 - The Complete STENCILING Handbook

12 points so far this month


2 points:
TRACE: Scarpetta (Book 13) by Patricia Cornwell

MTD: 11
YTD: 255


2 points:
Scrawny to Brawny: The Complete Guide to BUILDing Muscle the Natural Way by Michael Mejia, John Berardi

MTD: 13
YTD: 257


Released for this month's theme:

7 - Chasing VERMEER

14 points so far this month.


The Copper Beech - - 1 point
Life and Laughing - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 3
Total 102


1. The Last Judgment: An ART History Mystery (3 pts -- read, themed, released)
2. The TERRA COTTA Dog ( (3 pts -- read, themed, released)
3. STILL LIFE with Bread Crumbs (3 points -- read, themed, and controlled release)
4. The SCULPTRESS -- can't find the BCID at present -- (3 points -- read, themed, and released)
5. The SEWING Circles of Herat (2 points -- read and themed)

Releases of previous reads (1pt each -- 2 pts)
The Murdered Sun
Dead Man in Athens


2 points:
More Annotated H.P. LoveCRAFT by H. P. LoveCRAFT, S. T. Joshi, Peter Cannon

MTD: 15
YTD: 259


Themed read and release
Girl With a Pearl Earring - - 3 points

India Black - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 7
Total 106


3 points:
HeARTs (art) In Atlantis by Stephen King

MTD: 18
YTD: 262


2 points:
The Seventh HeART by Marina Fitch

Luck of the DRAW (A Freddie O'Neal mystery) by Catherine Dain

The ART of Detection (Kate Martinelli) by Laurie R. King

Halsey and the Fine ART of Murder/a Mick Halsey Mystery by Charles Martell

How to Make an American QUILT by Whitney Otto

MTD: 28
YTD: 272


2 points:
Burning Bright (story is about an ARTIST and PRINTER) by Tracy Chevalier

MTD: 30
YTD: 274


2 points:
WEAVE-World by Clive Barker

Eleven Minutes: A Novel (P.S.) (one character is a PAINTER) by Paulo Coelho

MTD: 34
YTD: 278


2 points:
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia WOOLf (wool)

MTD: 36
YTD: 280


2 points:
Town Tamer (Long Rider) by CLAY Dawson

Leaving Home by ART Buchwald

MTD: 40
YTD: 284


A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard (A-)
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (B+)
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan (B+)
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

MTD - 5 points



May: Arts and crafts—words related to arts and crafts (e.g., yarn, build, paint). Also, biographies of artists and books where one of the main characters is an artist or crafter or the story revolves around a piece of art, even without a theme word in the title.

Luvaton norjalainen Read & released, 2 pts
Lähikuva Released, 1 pt
SIDEN SAMMET (Silk Velvet) Themed & released, 2 pts
Där man aldrig är ensam : Om läsandets KONST (Art) Themed & released, 2 pts
Murha lippuluukulla Released, 1 pt
Nuori reportteri Released, 1 pt
Matka omalla vastuulla Released, 1 pt
Herrankukkaro Released, 1 pt
Rohkea elämä Released, 1 pt
Rakas ystävätär Released, 1 pt
Myöhäinen avioero Released, 1 pt
The Breaker Released, 1 pt
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Released, 1 pt
Kevät Released, 1 pt
Herra Theodor Mundstock Released, 1 pt
Valkoinen hevonen Released, 1 pt
Buick Rivera Released, 1 pt
Amina Read, 1 pt
Kati Amerikassa Read & released, 2 pts
Kaidalla tiellä Read & released 2 pts
Loving Sabotage Read, 1 pt
Mustat lasit – vammaisuus valkokankaalla ja televisiossa Read & released, 2 pts
Ottakaa maisteri kiinni! Read, 1 pt
Parfyymi : Erään murhaajan tarina Released, 1 pt
Mitigating Circumstances Released, 1 pt
Luutnantti Borůvkan murheet Released, 1 pt
A PATCHWORK Planet Themed & released, 2 pts
Mukana kuvassa Released, 1 pt
Pariisin Notre-Dame: 1482 Released, 1 pt
Howards End Released, 1 pt
Murha Paviljongissa : ja muita juttuja kaupungin elämästä Released, 1 pt
Svinalängorna Released, 1 pt
Sulhanen pukeutuu mustiin Released, 1 pt

MTD 40 pts
YTD 82 pts

Previous points: Jan. 20, Feb. 4, March 12, and April 6. Total 42.



The Search - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 8
Total 107


2 points:
The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) (about an ART restorer) by Daniel Silva

MTD: 42
YTD: 286


All released for this month's theme:

8 - The Ultimate QUILTing and PATCHWORK Companion

9 - Zodiac FELTies: 16 Compelling Astrological Characters to CRAFT

10 - Wendell Minor: ART for the Written Word: Twenty-Five Years Of Book Cover ART

11 - Cézanne

12 - Impressionism

13 - Hopper

14 - BRUSH With Death: An ART Lover's Mystery

15 - The Picasso Scam: A DI Charlie Priest Mystery

16 - The Titian Committee: An ART History Mystery

17 - HeARTsongs

18 - Popular Mechanics: Trim CARPENTRY

19 - Window Basics: Easy & No SEW Treatments

20 - True COLORS

21 - FELT Frenzy: 26 PROJECTS for All Forms of FELTING

42 points so far this month


Seven Up - - 1 point
The MacGregors Alan & Grant - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 10
Total 109


2 points:
The HeART Stirring Sermon by Avraham Reisen

MTD: 44
YTD: 288


Released for this month's theme:

22 - Where the HeART Is

23 - ORIGAMI on the Move: Cars, Trucks, Ships, Planes & More

46 points so far this month


1. Die Nadel
2. Herz auf Sendung
3. While My Pretty One Knits -
von Anne Canadeo

Jan. 19 pts.
Feb. 8 pts.
Mar. 44 pts.
Apr. 28 pts.
May 3 pts.


3 points:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix POTTER

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (has theme of stolen ART) by Robert M. Edsel

MTD: 50
YTD: 294


2 points:
Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix POTTER

MTD: 52
YTD: 296


2 points:
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious HandPRINTs by Donald J. Sobol

MTD: 54
YTD: 298


2 points:
The Little Book of Farmyard Tales (Farmyard Tales Readers) by Stephen CARTWRIGHT & Heather Amery

MAY: 56
APR: 244
YTD: 300


Arts and crafts (no matching books this time)

1) The Liar
1) Insurgent
1) Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse
1) Tales of the City
1) Camp David

Read and Released:
2) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

1) The English Patient
1) Gone Girl
1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1) American Psycho
1) James and the Giant Peach
1) Fahrenheit 451
1) The Other Hand

MTD: 14
YTD: 67 (53 from previous months)


All released for this month's theme:

24 - ART & Activities for Kids: ART Fun!

25 - SEW Magical for Kids

26 - 100+ No-SEW Fabric CRAFTS for Kids

27 - The WithDRAWING Room

54 points so far this month


Themed real ease
The Wedding QUILT - - 2 points

Read and release
Other People - - 2 points

Carolina Moon - - 1 point
Fear the Worst - - 1 point
The Copper Beech - - 1 point

Jan 39 / Feb 20 / Mar 23 / Apr 17 / May 17
Total 116


2 points:
A Treasury of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories by Beatrix POTTER

May: 58
Apr: 244
Mar: 0
Feb: 0
Jan: 0
YTD: 302


2 points:
The ART of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition by M.F.K. Fisher, Joan Reardon

Jan 0/Feb 0/Mar 0/Apr 244/May 60
Total 304


1. Thread Reckoning (multiple challenges) [photo]
2. Needled to Death (multiple challenges)


wingNancyNovawing 2 yrs ago
May points


1. Sleepless in Scotland by Karen Hawkins (wild release = 1 point)
2. Secrets From the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford (wild release = 1 point)
3. Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes (controlled release = 1 point)
4. Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery (read = 1 point)
5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (wild release = 1 point)
6. The Day I Owned the Sky by Robert Lee Scott (wild release = 1 point)
7. The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith (read = 1 point)

Total for May: 7 points
Total for 2016: 40 points


May points at 31/5 - 158 arts & crafts

1 Rising to the Occasion by Linda Taylor
2 That Devil Called Love by Lynda Chater
3 Fly-fishing by Sarah Harvey
4 Looking for Andrew McCarthy by Jenny Colgan
5 Wedded Blitz by Tina Reilly
6 Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan
7 American Girls About Town by Various
8 Irish Girls Are Back in Town by Various
9 Sweet FA by Siobhan Curham
10 Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman
11 Under My Spell by Deborah Wright
12 The Nanny by Melissa Nathan
13 The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
14 Where is Joe Merchant? by Jimmy Buffett
15 Inferno by Dan Brown
16 Exes Anonymous by Lauren Henderson
17 Old Maid by Suzanne Finnamore
18 Fourplay by Jane Moore
19 Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
20 Love Eternally by Deborah Wright
21 A Cut Above by Lynda Page
22 The Elementals by Morgan Llywelyn
23 The Dreaming Tree: The Dreamstone (Arafel #1) by C. J. Cherryh
24 The Dreaming Tree: The Tree of Swords and Jewels (Arafel #2) by C. J. Cherryh
25 Second Chance by Jane Green
26 Handbags and Gladrags by Maggie Alderson
27 Fame Game by Claudia Pattison
28 Mad About the Boy by Maggie Alderson
29 The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

1 Marriage Most Scandalous by Johanna Lindsey
2 Stuck In Shangri-La by Kasey Michaels
3 Charmed, I'm Sure by Liz Ireland
4 When I Think Of You by Liz Ireland
5 sMothering by Wendy French
6 Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster, Carly Phillips
7 Talk Gertie to Me by Lois Winston
8 Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
9 Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce, Janice Maynard
10 The Perils of Sisterhood by Amy Alden
11 I'm Your Santa by Lori Foster, Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley
12 Romeo & Julia by Annie Kimberlin
13 Singletini by Amanda Trimble
14 The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom by Jo Barrett
15 Love in the Country by Rebecca Shaw
16 Just a Family Affair by Veronica Henry
17 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie by Marianne Stillings
18 Season of Wishes by Christina Skye
19 Bridge of Dreams by Christina Skye
20 Talk Nerdy to Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
21 Nerd Gone Wild by Vicki Lewis Thompson
22 The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
23 Delicious by Susan Mallery
24 Irresistible by Susan Mallery
25 Sizzling by Susan Mallery
26 Tempting by Susan Mallery
27 Legend of the Sorcerer by Donna Kauffman
28 Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
29 A Trick Of The Light by Tina Wainscott
30 Lady Mistress by Anne Laurence
31 Kiss Me Again by Margaret Moore
32 Highland Knight by Cindy Miles
33 My Lady Angel by Joanna Maitland
34 A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
35 The Waterlord by Dawn Thompson
36 The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros
37 I Burn for You by Susan Sizemore
38 Surrender by Amanda Quick
39 The Return of the Earl by Edith Layton
40 White Knight by Jaclyn Reding
41 The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson
42 How to Sleep with a Movie Star by Kristin Harmel
43 The Balance Thing by Margaret Dumas
44 Pick Me Up by Zoe Rice
45 Mother of the Bride by Lynn Michaels
46 Careful What You Wish For by Lucy Finn
47 Hello, It's Me by Wendy Markham
48 Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz
49 And Then He Kissed Me by Patti Berg


50 Someone Like Him by Karen Kendall
51 Better Than Chocolate by Susan Waggoner
52 Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark
53 Seven Sunny Days by Chris Manby
54 Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
55 Quentins by Maeve Binchy
56 Going Against the Grain by Linda Taylor
57 I, Gloria Gold by Judith Summers
58 Irish Girls About Town by Various
59 Fly-fishing by Sarah Harvey
60 Looking for Andrew McCarthy by Jenny Colgan
61 Reading Between the Lines by Linda Taylor
62 Beating About the Bush by Linda Taylor
63 Rising to the Occasion by Linda Taylor
64 Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart
65 Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
66 Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
67 That Devil Called Love by Lynda Chater
68 The Duchess Diaries by Mia Ryan
69 Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
70 Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
71 Untitled by Julie Kaewert
72 Dance of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries
73 Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock
74 Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham
75 A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
76 Tesseract by Alex Garland
77 Nine Lives by Frank Lean
78 The Nanny by Melissa Nathan
79 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
80 The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
81 The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter
82 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
83 Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
84 L'Intrusa by Håkan Östlundh
85 Gidsel i Amman by Mogens Blom
86 Where is Joe Merchant? by Jimmy Buffett
87 The Case of the Vanishing Corpse by Kel Richards
88 King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara Vine
89 A Rain Of Death by John Logue
90 Inferno by Dan Brown
91 The Society of Sin by Sian Lacey Taylder
92 A Rose For Winter by Laurie Lee
93 Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
94 Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
95 Middlemarch by George Eliot
96 The Elementals by Morgan Llywelyn
97 The High Commissioner by Jon Cleary
98 The Penniless Bride by Nicola Cornick

1 Fly-fishing by Sarah Harvey (I know it's a sport, but there's quite an art to it)
2 STUCK IN Shangri-La by Kasey Michaels
3 CHARMed, I'm Sure by Liz Ireland
4 Delicious by Susan Mallery (cooking)
5 Irresistible by Susan Mallery (cooking)
6 Sizzling by Susan Mallery (cooking)
7 Tempting by Susan Mallery (cooking)
8 SILK and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
9 A TRICK Of The Light by Tina Wainscott
10 ICING on the Lake by Catherine Clark
11 A Precious JEWEL by Mary Balogh
12 I BURN for You by Susan Sizemore
13 Better Than CHOCOLATE by Susan Waggoner
14 Quentins by Maeve Binchy (cooking)
15 Going Against the GRAIN by Linda Taylor
16 BEATING About the BUSH by Linda Taylor
17 RISING to the Occasion by Linda Taylor
18 Rose COTTAGE by Mary Stewart
19 HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson
20 Sea WITCH by Virginia Kantra
21 DANCE of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries
22 Under My SPELL by Deborah Wright
23 Death in DISGUISE by Caroline Graham
25 The Kite RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini
26 The Persian PICKLE Club by Sandra Dallas
27 A CUT Above by Lynda Page
28 The Dreaming Tree: The DreamSTONE (Arafel #1)by C. J. Cherryh
29 The Dreaming Tree: The Tree of SWORDS and JEWELS (Arafel #2) by C. J. Cherryh
30 The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens
31 Handbags and Gladrags by Maggie Alderson


Themed Read & Release: The SEAMSTRESS - Maria Duenas

Themed Read:
PORTRAIT of a Lost Boy - Michael Bartram(Kindle book)
SKETCHES by Boz - Charles Dickens (Kindle book) The Devil's WORKSHOP - Alex Grecian
The MINATURIST - Jessie Burton (kindle book)

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Audio)

Release: London Belongs to Me - Norman Collins The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton Under the Skin - Michel Faber Damn his Blood - Peter Moore "Green Day": American Idiots and the New Punk Explosion - Ben Myers

Jan:21 / Feb:25 / Mar:29 / Apr:25 / May:17


Themed read (2):
The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences … and Hysteria by Simon Doonan Jane and the Man of the Cloth
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Knitter’s Gift by Bernadette Murphy

Read (1): The Trouble with Harriet The Spice Box
The English Breakfast Murder by Laura Childs
For Your Safety Please Hold On by Kayla Czaga Cardington Crescent

Points this post: 13
Points this year: 46




I went to release these 7 art-themed books at the Maine College of Art in the evening of May 31st, knowing that the front desk is manned 24/7 and that I've dropped books there late in the evening before, only to find the doors locked. Apparently they only staff the front desk, and thus have the doors unlocked, until 5:00 between semesters. Pooey.

I could have released them at Denny's (the only place open around here that time of night) but had already decided they belonged at the art school, so I went back and released the books on June 1st, too late to count for May's challenge. But, since I did try, I decided to list them here anyway, even though they really don't count. MONET A Dictionary Of ART and ARTISTS THREADS of LACE from Source to Sink ART and the Creative Unconscious The Immaculate Deception [see JE} The PORTRAIT The NUDE: A Study in Ideal Form


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