Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Goodbye April, Hello May

So it's that time again, another month finished. I thought April went by very quickly, but when I look at the list of books that I read during the month, it also seems like it covered a really large amount of time. Funny how time feels so flexible.

As I've done in the past, next to each of the books below that I read in April, I've listed how it was acquired. I feel better about myself that the majority of books (9/16) I've been reading these days have been bought myself. Only one book borrowed and read this month, with the other six books that I've either swapped or been gifted.

1. Reckless by Cornelia Funke (purchased)
2. Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens (borrowed)
3. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (purchased)
4. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli (swapped)
5. Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (gift)
6. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (purchased)
7. Forgotten by Cat Patrick (sent for review)
8. Lottie Biggs Is Not Desperate by Hayley Long* (purchased)
9. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham (purchased)
10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (purchased)
11. Going Bovine by Libba Bray (purchased)
12. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott* (sent for review)
13. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (sent for review)
14. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (purchased)
15. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (swapped)
16. Jane by April Lindner (purchased)

As you can see, there are no links to my reviews of these books - my first goal for May is to try to catch up on my reviews. I'm still 2 reviews behind from February (!!) and 11 reviews behind for March. So, 2 + 11, together with these 16 books ... and I'm going to just sit over here and cry for a minute.

After the end of April, I could see a bit of a pattern emerging from my reading totals. In January I read 19 books, followed by 15 books in February. Then in March I read 20 books, followed by 16 books in April. I love how the numbers go up and down each month by 5 or so books.

Other plans for May? I have a bit of an event scheduled towards the end of May - Fairy Tale week. I've been throwing around some ideas and reading a few books for it, so I'm hoping that it will be a success. If you would like to take part in some way, do leave a comment or send me an email, I'd love to hear from you. I'm still buzzing a little bit from how wonderful the response and support was for my Mental Health week, thank you! I'm in the planning process for a few more events later on in the year. Keep an eye out!

A small list of the books I'd like to read in May:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Iron Daughter by Julia Kagawa
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
So Shelly by Ty Roth
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine
Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma

And that's it for me.

Do you have any reading goals for May?


  1. You read some great books last month. I've read Going Bovine and Reckless as well and I enjoyed them. Don't worry about all those reviews; I'm terrible at keeping up with my reviews but I'm hoping that once I finished uni this June I can become more involved with my blog! Here's hoping!

    I can't wait to see what you've got lined up for Fairy week! On that note I also plan to read The Iron Daughter as well :)

  2. Read Girl, Missing STRAIGHT AWAY! It's AWESOME!

  3. TLO - Wasn't Going Bovine amazing?! I'm keeping my review of that until the July event though, gives me more time to ponder what words I need to describe it.

    Cliona - I've heard good things about it. I mostly put that list up hugely optimistically as I have about 10,000 sent-for-review books lined up now!

  4. Fairy tale week sounds really intriguing, I'd love to get involved! If you want to send me more info, juliannelefay(at)gmail.com :)

  5. Thank you so much for that offer Julianne :)

  6. Julianne - Blogger deleted your comment, reposted it and lost my response to you. But I've emailed you :)


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