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:
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
Young Adult Fiction
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
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
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):
Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:
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
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)
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.