May 1, 2013

Amazeballs April




So, I read a few books in April:
  1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  2. Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
  3. The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown
  4. Black Venus by James MacManus
  5. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
  6. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  7. The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard
  8. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  9. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  10. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  11. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley
  13. However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy
  14. After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey
  15. In The Land of the Living by Austin Ratner
  16. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  17. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  18. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  19. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  20. The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
  21. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  22. Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield*
  23. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald*
  24. Maus by Art Spiegelman*
  25. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*
  26. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld


* Read during Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I'll be doing a Hall of Fame post in June. At that time I'll have to pick my favorite fiction and nonfiction book for April. Right now it hurts my brain to even try. Ouch.

Wasn't April great for readers? So many fab events! Read-a-Thons, World Book Night, yahoo!

2013 Reading Challenge
You have read 83 books toward your goal of 150 books.
 
Awesome, you're 34 books (22%) ahead of schedule!



How was the month of April for you? Do you have a favorite book of the month?

Onward Readers! Let's make May fabulous!

54 comments:

  1. Ok that is a lot of books :) My Goodreads challenge ticker keeps telling me how I'm 10 books behind the yearly goal. And my yearly goal is only 80! :D

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    1. My original goal was 125 books and I increased it to 150 when I realized I was going to smash 125, lol. I might have to increase the goal again!

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  2. That'a almost a book a day. Do you have some superhuman powers we all don't know about???

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    1. I've always been a very fast reader. Is that hereditary? LOL, I don't know ;)

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  3. Wow, what a fantastic month! Look at you go. I'm 15% ahead of schedule and very excited because I've always been behind!

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    1. Yahoo for being ahead! ;) This is the first year that I've kept track, it's fun!

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  4. I'm singing Alicia Keys song to you . . . "This girl is on FFIIIIIIIRRRRRRREE!!! . . ." Just WOW!! I was so happy the read-a-thon put me ahead too. I love how you have read books I've just purchased and am about to read! I recently purchased Beautiful Ruins (finally in paperback)after I listed to a talk radio show where it was highly recommended.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks for the song!! I hope you enjoy Beautiful Ruins, I thought it was lovely :)

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  5. Wow! 26 books in 30 days? AMAZING!

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    1. The read-a-thon really put me over the top! :D

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  6. I love it. "So, I read a few books in April." LOL! Too funny.

    Hurray for the Readathon, eh? :D

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    1. Oh hell yea, the Read-a-Thon always bumps up those numbers. Besides, it's a hoot!

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  7. Wow! How did you find time to read all of those books?

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    1. I'm a speedy reader and I homeschool ;) We have a lot of reading time!

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    2. Homeschool...that must be hard but a lot of fun. And definitely explains the extra reading time :) By the time I've finished work, fed and got the kids in bed it doesn't leave me a whole lot of time to read. But I'm finding ways to fit extra time in :)

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    3. Homeschooling is quite an adventure ;) But yes, extra reading time, yay!

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  8. I am so jealous of the number of books you read in April. It's setting the bar for my summer months! My favorite book in April was "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," by Ann Voskamp. It was part of my search for personal change and ended up being the last of a long list, but also the best.

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    1. Thanks Jennine :)

      I looked up One Thousands Gifts. It sounds like a powerful read!

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  9. Wow! I think you've read as many books in April as I have this year to date. AND you reviewed so many of them already! I want to know your secret!!

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    1. My secret is that I have no LIFE! Ha ha ;) Really though, I'm a homeschooling mom and I make sure our days have plenty of reading time :)

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  10. I don't think I've seen anyone who has read AND reviewed so many books in so little time. So impressive! I like a lot of books on your list but I particularly loved Eleanor & Park and City Of Thieves

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    1. Don't be fooled by all of those reviews ;) I do quite a few mini-reviews, especially of library books. Eleanor & Park was one of the most adorable books wasn't it??

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  11. Really? THAT MANY BOOKS IN A MONTH?! I don't know how you do it. I am so unbelievable jealous and have reader-envy

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    1. I shall count my reading blessings: I homeschool, I don't work outside the home, my kids are old enough that I can tell them to buzz off, etc. ;)

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  12. Wow, congrats!! That's an amazing amount of books in one month :) I thought I was doing worse, but I'm actually on pace still for my goals, and now that the school year/concert season is winding down, I'm hopeful to get caught up (and/or ahead!) on my reading now in May. Yay! Best book I read in April was Mario Puzo's "The Godfather."

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    1. Thanks Kristin! Good for you for being on goal, it's not always easy :) I really do want to get to The Godfather one of these days!

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  13. Wow, that's a lot of books! Great list. I didn't read as much as I had hoped in April, and I'm not sure what my favorite book was. Hmmm, probably Gaskell's North and South (I'm not sure how I missed that one until my 30s!).

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    1. I'm almost done with my 30s and still haven't managed to read that! I'll have to add it to my list ;) Thanks for visiting!

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  14. 30 books ahead of schedule? :O
    I am two behind :(

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    1. That's because I'm a reading robot ;) Read a couple of graphic novels Sam, that will get you right on track!

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  15. Wow lady, you are a reading machine! My fav April read was Eight Days, which we have in common.

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    1. Oh yes, I really liked Eight Days :) That's probably my fave nonfiction for April

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  16. Such a perfect title! I had to narrow my April favorites to five for an online magazine column I write and almost cried. Let's hope we keep getting amazing months like this!

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    1. LOL, I know the feeling ;) I'd love to see your article Shannon!!

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  17. Wow you read a lot of books this month! I really want to read E&P! I hear it's good. I hope may is just as great for you. And love that gif of Belle!

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    1. Thanks so much :) E&P is such a great read, I do hope you read it! Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

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  18. Wowee! I am so impressed, what a great month you had! I totally bombed with the read-a-thons, couldn't get as much done as I'd hoped. Hopefully things will settle down soon so I can get back to reading! Interview with the vampire is calling my name!

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    1. Thanks Tanya :D I'm sorry to hear that the read-a-thons didn't go as well as you had hoped. Real life gets in the way at times (Boo!) I hope you enjoy Interview. I loved the heck out of that book when I read it!

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  19. ohhh, hope you enjoyed Snow Child, one of my favorites!

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    1. I did, I did! I thought it was beautiful and brilliant!

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  20. Dude, you owned April. I don't know whether to be incredibly impressed or terribly jealous. Maybe I'm both. :)

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  21. Holy cow...that's a lot of books. *\o/*

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  22. Wow, you had an amazing April!!

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    1. I did! I'm hoping that May is even half as great :)

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  23. I'm going to respond the way I did the last time...

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  24. Whoooooa, holy beejezus that is a lot of books!!! AWESOME job!!!

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  25. Yeah, just a fair few :p You have read so many, it's brilliant! A Hall of Fame for 6 months sounds a good idea.

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    1. Thanks ;) I'll definitely do a 6 month Hall of Fame post. I did one for the first quarter of the year and it was fun. (It was hard to pick favorites but still fun)

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  26. 26 books in April??? That is amazeballs!!!!!

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    1. LOL, crazy right?? My lifestyle really lends itself to reading!

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