Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sunday Salon: April Books

1. Marshmallows For Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson
2. Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
3. After the Quake, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, And Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
5. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
6. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
7. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
8. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
9. The Cellist of Saravejo by Steven Galloway
10. Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

It's a bank holiday weekend here in England, and my nephew is in town for a few days, so all I have time for today is a recap of the books I read in April...

I always find it a bit strange to look at the results of my reading month. Mostly because by the end of the month, it feels as though I read that first book on the list in a different lifetime. Like each month really is a lifetime in terms of books read. Does it seem that way to you?

April was pretty heavy on the YA in the middle and I tried balancing it out at the end with more adult books. I think Pay It Forward snuck in as my favourite read of the month though I did enjoy every book this month and would be hard pressed to choose a least favourite. They all brought something different with them.

City of Bones and Wicked Lovely were first in two series of books but I'm burnt out with YA, especially YA fantasy so I won't be picking up the sequels anytime soon. I'm also burnt out on Dorothy Koomson. Though I have Cupid Effect with me, I think reading all of her books in a short period of time has been tiring. I think time will make me enjoy these books more.

I've finished The Cellist of Sarajevo and Pay It Forward in the last days of April, bringing my monthly average up to 9 books read a month. No real plans for reading in May except to keep at it and possibly start to focus on the 1% well-read challenge, as so far I've only completed 1 book out of a possible 10-13 (The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan) and I'm nothing if not competitive in regards to this challenge! It feels as though I'm falling behind, and we can't have that...

What're you reading at the moment? What are your reading plans for May?


  1. Are you going to be competitive over the 1% read? Your scaring me now.LOL. I have to say I am really enjoying that challenge. The books I have read so far have been fantastic.

  2. You read some good books in April. I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I love the Kate Atkinson books.

  3. It does seem that way to me! Looking back at the end of the month can be so surprising. I'm not sure what to read in May just yet...I decided against a pile. We'll see where my mood takes me.

  4. I read 10 books in April. I'm quit impressed with myself on that one.. Right now I'm reading A Separate Peace. Hopefully I will get just as many books read in May..

  5. P.s. Stop by my blog, you were tagged!

  6. Michelle - i am really sorry I didn't see your email. I am really bad at checking my email and have a backlog of about 2000, as I get sent a lot of bumph. I will send you an email with my address - thanks for the book - really look forward to receiving it.


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