Monthly Review: April 2010

I did a lot of stuff this month! I know I say that every month, but I really mean it this time: I did a lot of stuff. I read a lot, yeah, but I also made a new header! And I commented (somewhat) more! I did the readathon, held a contest, sold two books, and opened up a lot of space on my bookshelves. I also rediscovered my Sony Reader and read a few books on it, though I keep giving myself headaches from bad posture while reading it. Um. Gotta work on fixing that, yep.

And probably most exciting of all was that this month I discovered that I DO enjoy contemporary fiction! Contemporary, literary fiction. I never thought I would, except for the odd duck or two like William Faulkner/James Joyce/etc. It just never seemed like my thing, you know? But reading Virginia Woolf’s books have turned on a switch or something because now I can’t get enough– although of course I don’t love EVERY lit fiction book I try. But I’m glad I’ve expanded my reading horizons, because now there’s tons more books I can read! Yay!

For May I’m planning on catching up on reviews, writing a few more non-review/meme posts (sort of like the ones I did this week?), and working on my other blog. After the semester ends in the second week I’m also planning on starting my summer reading list. I’m thinking A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man first, then Ulysses. I also want to revamp a few things around here but I haven’t made my mind up as to what, exactly, I want to revamp. I think I just want to spruce things up overall, sort of like a spring clean!

What are you looking forward to doing in May? Do you have anything special planned? I know the wacky weather we’ve been having in the US isn’t real conducive to thoughts of summer, but I’m still excited for it!

Reading Stats
30 total books read
19 total books reviewed (15 of books read this month)
4 ebooks
3 audiobooks
23 pbooks

17.5 were by authors new to me (the .5 is because of Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
0 were rereads!

Mount TBR Stats
15 TBR books read
8 books purged
6 books added
320 total books left


Books Read
81. Truckers – Terry Pratchett (read by ?) [rating: 4.5/5]
82. The Waves – Virginia Woolf [rating: 4/5] %
83. The Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes – Hugh Greene (editor) [rating: 3/5] %
84. Boy – Roald Dahl [rating: 5/5] %
85. Diggers – Terry Pratchett (read by ?) [rating: 4/5]
86. My Autobiography – Charlie Chaplin [rating: 4/5]
87. The Ladies’ Paradise – Emile Zola [rating: 5/5] %
88. Othello Vol. 1 – Satomi Ikezawa [rating: 4/5] %
89. I-Doll Vol. 1 – Mi-ae Choi [rating: 3/5] %
90. It’s Too Late Now: The Autobiography of a Writer – A. A. Milne [rating: 4.5/5]
91. Bombos VS Everything Vol. 1 – Maximo V. Lorenzo [rating: 4/5] %
92. Spy High: Mission One – AJ Butcher [rating: 3.5/5] %
93. Earthlight Vol. 1 – Stuart Moore & Christopher Schons [rating: 3.5/5] &
94. The Club of Queer Trades – G.K. Chesterton [rating: 3/5] %
95. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly [rating: 5/5]
96. Perloo the Bold – Avi [rating: 4/5] %
97. Bertie and the Tinman – Peter Lovesey [rating: 4.5/5] %
98. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde [rating: 3/5] %
99. A Conspiracy of Paper – David Liss [rating: 4/5]
100. The Years – Virginia Woolf [rating: 3.5/5] %
101. Airhead – Meg Cabot [rating: 3.5/5]
102. Jinx – Meg Cabot [rating: 3.5/5]
103. Size 12 is Not Fat – Meg Cabot [rating: 3/5]
104. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan [rating: 4.5/5]
105. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen [rating: 4/5] %
106. Going Bovine – Libba Bray [rating: 4/5]
107. Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre [rating: 3.5/5]
108. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World – E.L. Konigsburg [rating: 2.5/5]
109. The Hours – Michael Cunningham [rating: 3.5/5]
110. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley [rating: 3.5/5]

Top 5 Books

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0 thoughts on “Monthly Review: April 2010”

  1. You had another great reading month! This month I hope I read a ton! The thing I’m most looking forward to is the end of the semester. 😉

  2. Wow! You did a lot of reading! My April was really slow, since it was my end of winter semester and I got to travel. So what I’m looking forward to in May is getting back to reading more, and blogging more.

  3. Again, I’m amazed at how much reading you did over the month! I’m excited that Will Grayson Will Grayson made it into your top 5 for the month. I’ve really got to read it!

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