April 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

So, the reading slump really is officially over. In March and April I read 50% more books – not to mention generally more complex and complicated books – than I did in January and February. I’ll be approaching another slower season soon out of sheer busyness, but for now I’m just thrilled at how many great books I’m getting to at the moment. Hopefully this means, though, that I will be able to keep the blog running in the early days after the twins are born when reading and writing will not exactly be my first priorities.

I’m down ever so slightly from last month, but I’m still beyond thrilled with this month’s reading. I finished 22 books total; 16 of these were print/ebooks, for a total of about 4900 pages and 6 were audio, for a total of about 75 hours. Funnily enough, my print vs. audio numbers are almost identical to last month, but I read 1100 fewer pages and listened to 20 more hours. Interesting how that works out.

If you need any more proof that this was a fabulous month for reading and blogging, just look down to my picks of the month – I couldn’t choose just one (or two)!

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Zombiestan
by Mainak Dhari, narrated by John Lee
Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green, narrated by Jane Green
A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash, narrated by Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall, and Nick Sullivan

Fiction
Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch
White Horse by Alex Adams
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Historical Fiction
The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossaren
The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
I, Iago by Nicole Galland
An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd

Young Adult Fiction
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Nonfiction/Memoir
City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess
Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers by James W. Hall

Other Posts:
BOOK CLUB – Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Audiobook Week 2012 – Listen Up!

Pick of the Month:

This was a really spectacular month for books, making this an incredibly difficult decision. I could have easily listed half the books I reviewed. What you see below is my attempt to be restrained (and also probably the most books I’ve ever chosen in a single month):

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Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
by Thomas Penn, narrated by Simon Vance
Drop Dead Healthy
by A.J. Jacobs, narrated by A.J. Jacobs
The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.
by Carole DeSanti, narrated by Kate Reading
The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu, narrated by Xe Sands

Fiction
Wife 22
by Melanie Gideon
An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (no review coming)

Nonfiction
Winged Obsession by Jessica Speart
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives
by Brian Clegg
Double Time
: How I Survived – and Mostly Thrived – My First Three Years Mothering Twins by Jane Roper

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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