April 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

So I’m fairly proud of my reading this month for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I read 22 books this month, which is more than I have ever read in a month except when I have participated in a Readathon. Although there was a Readathon this month, I wasn’t able to participate. Yes, four of the books from this month were audios, but that still leaves 18 paper books read in one month, which is really huge for me – especially because I’m also in the middle of readalongs of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “Wolf Hall” which aren’t finished so aren’t included here. That (not counting the unfinished readalongs) was a total of 5,412 pages and just over 1.5 days of audio.

The other thing I’m proud of, is how many of the books I read already have reviews posted.Eight of the 22 still need reviews, but 3 of those are audios (which I’m terrible at reviewing) and 3 are already scheduled for dates in May.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews and posts I posted this month.

What I Read:

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Between Friends by Kristy Kiernan
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

Historical Fiction
Pearl of China by Anchee Min
Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell (review scheduled for May 3rd)
Within the Hollow Crown by Margaret Campbell Barnes
The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor (review scheduled for May 4th)

Sisters in War by Christina Asquith
A Parisienne in Chicago by Mary Beth Raycraft (translator)
College in a Nutskull by Anders Henriksson (editor) (review pending)
Eat Nap Play by Robyn Spizman and Evelyn Sacks
The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook by  Kim West (review scheduled for May 19th)
The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea (review pending)

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (review pending)
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme (review pending)
Paper Towns by John Green
Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck (review pending)

Pick of the Month:

In “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott,” author Kelly O’Connor McNees theorizes about a secret love for the beloved author Louisa May Alcott, and I loved it.

What I Posted:

Guest Posts and Discussions
Oh, D.E.A.R.
“Discovering Madame Grandin’s Chicago”
guest post by Mary Beth Raycraft, translator of A Parisienne in Chicago

The Anthologist by Nicholas Baker
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

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16 comments to April 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

  • I am always amazed at how much you manage to read every month, but congratulations on the especially good one! I feel proud if I get four books done in a month!

    I really want to read “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy it!

  • So glad you had a great month!

  • Wow! You had a fantastic month!

  • Amy

    So many great books! Congrats on having such a great month. I see you have posted reviews for more of the fiction than of the non-fiction – do you find it easier to review fiction? I am the complete opposite, I find it so much easier to review non-fiction than fiction!

    • Looking back at my list, I think the nonfiction review rate is just a coincidence of timing. All three I haven’t reviewed were read in the latter half of the month. One I want to review around graduation time, one is for a blog tour in May – and also it is a workbook so I’ve read it but am still working through it, and one I just haven’t had time to get a review up, since I finished it this week.

  • Great month Jen! Not only did you read a lot but you read some great books as well. I can’t wait to get to The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott myself. =)

  • 22 is a beautiful number…well done!

  • I still think you must not sleep, or maybe you are a speed-reader. You have had a great month! I would have to chime in and agree that it is hard to review an audio. I don’t take notes while I’m listening, so I have to count on my overall impressions and crappy memory. Often I have to track down names and spellings online.

    • Yes! The fact that it is a little more difficult than a book you can flip back to is part of my problem. The other part of my problem is that the audios tend to be my ‘free’ reading, they are almost always from the library, so I don’t ‘owe’ anyone a review for them, so they get kicked to the curb. Poor little audios.

  • What a great month! I don’t know how you find the time to do so much reading!

  • Amy

    Wow, great month of reading. I loved The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott too.

  • wow, you had an amazing month! congrats and keep it up!

    i am also bad about reviewing audiobooks, although they usually end up being quicker, shorter reviews.

  • What a great reading month! If I could have one month like this, I would be ecstatic!

  • Wow! Look at you!!! What a reading month. I am insanely jealous. Where do you find the time? When Daniel is up in the middle of the night? 😉 I am very impressed.

  • Wow, that’s a lot of book! Great job, and I see plenty of historical fiction in there, too :)

  • Holy Cow you had an awesome month! You go! I’m hoping for a big summer of reading — we’ll see.