TSS: April 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

tssI read 23 books this month!  I’m back on track, it seems, after my dismal beginning to the year.  Actually at this point I’m projected to finish over 185 books this year.  Now, I doubt this will happen, but that cushion should help me come close to my goal of 150, even with the baby (depending on whether or not he’s a baby who will let me read).  My 23 books this month included 4 audiobooks for 6034 pages and over 1 and 1/3 days of audio.  My consumption of audiobooks is down massively from March,  I did read about 2,000 more pages this month than last, though.

Although I read 23 books this month, only 12 of the books I read were reviewed this month.  This is partly because I had a bunch of reviews from March that needed to be published in April, and partly because I simply haven’t been putting up 23 reviews a month.  I am upping my review schedule a bit right now, but I am also trying to keep a certain number of reviews in reserve for when the baby comes, so I still have content for you all.  One review is also being held until closer to the book’s publication.  As usual, book titles link to reviews and all books are listed within their genre in the order in which I read them.  After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of my guest posts and the other reviews I posted:

What I Read:

Fiction:
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire (audio)
The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano
The Cradle by Patrick Sommerville
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio) – review pending
The Uncommon Reader (audio) – review pending
Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer – review pending
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories by Kevin Wilson

Young Adult Fiction:
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – review pending
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld – review pending
Specials by Scott Westerfeld – review pending
Wake by Lisa McMann – review pending

Historical Fiction:
The Mercy Seller by Brenda Hickman Vantrease
The Witch’s Trinity by Erika Mailman – review pending
The King’s Confidante by Jean Plaidy – review pending

Nonfiction
Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

Memoir:
A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
Expecting Adam by Martha Beck – review pending
Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

Young Adult Nonfiction:
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Pick of the Month:

uglies pretties specials

I’m cheating slightly and naming the “Uglies” trilogy as my favorite book(s) of the month, partly because I was initially so skeptical about the whole thing.  They live up to all the hype they have, though.  This is smart yet engaging young adult fiction.

 

Guest Posts:

Researching the Revolution by Christine Blevins
The Dangers of Armchair Time-Travel by Sandra Gulland

What I Reviewed:

Fiction:
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan

Historical Fiction:
The King’s Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

Young Adult Fiction:
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Nonfiction:
Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

Memoir:
Invisible Sisters by Jessica Handley
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite

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