Monday, May 02, 2011

April in Review

First up, we will be posting our next installment of Short Story Monday on Wednesday this week.

What I Learned

That sometimes you feel like you are reading all the time, but you never seem to get anywhere. April was a month like that. It helps that I was busy with other things, but it still was disappointing I didn't get to a lot of the great books I am still anxious to read. Hopefully I will get to some of them in May.

I also learned that having a bookcase, so I can actually see my books instead of just guessing what I have is annoying and leads to me not really reading my own books. I now have a bookcase stacked with wonderful books that I am excited about reading. I still haven't posted pictures, but I will. Now I need to resist taking more books out of storage and bringing them here. It's very hard! If I had read a few, it would open up new slots, but unfortunately I am still reading books that were on the go when I put the shelf up, so they didn't have a spot to begin with.

What books are you excited about in May?

New to Me Authors

Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red)
Katherine Langrish (The Shadow Hunt)
Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches)
Doug TenNapel (Ghostopolis)

Series Talk

Newford Series: 8/24 - Approximately... Currently reading 2 books from this series.
Fables Series: 15/15 - CAUGHT UP!
A Discovery of Witches Trilogy: 1/1 - CAUGHT UP!
Chobits Series: 7/8 - Only one more to go!
Serenity Series: 3/3 - CAUGHT UP!

The Source

Library: 8
Borrowed from Friend: 2
eReader: 0
Personal: 6

What I Read

79. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (Completed April 3, 2011)
80. The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish (Completed April 6, 2011)
81. Terribly Twisted Tales Edited by Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg (Completed April 6, 2011)
82. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint (Completed April 11, 2011)
83. L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young (Completed April 12, 2011)
84. Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company (Completed April 15, 2011)
85. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Completed April 16, 2011)
86. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (Completed April 21, 2011)
87. Far and Away: A Prize Every Time by Neil Peart (Completed April 23, 2011)
88. Ursula by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Completed April 23, 2011)
89. Chobits Volume 7 by Clamp (Completed April 23, 2011)
90. Serenity Volume 2: Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, & Will Conrad (Completed April 23, 2011)
91. Serenity Volume 3: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, & Chris Samnee (Completed April 23, 2011)
92. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones (Completed April 25, 2011)
93. Trickster - Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki (Completed April 25, 2011)
94. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel (Completed April 26, 2011)

Favourite Read of the Month:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Honourable Mentions:
Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Far and Away: A Prize Every Time by Neil Peart

Books Added to the TBR Pile

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant
Among Others by Jo Walton
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham (gift card)
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (gift card)
The Very Best of Charles de Lint (Had it from the library, but read it slow, so easier to just buy.)
Far and Away: A Prize Every Time by Neil Peart
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

So, I read 6 books of my own, but 9 came in that I bought. Not very even and that doesn't count review copies...

Thoughts on May

There are so many books I want to get to in May. I want to read more Charles de Lint. I am currently reading The Very Best of Charles de Lint slowly with Carl. I am enjoying de Lint so much, though, that I also started Widdershins and Muse & Reverie. I always consider myself a de Lint fan and then don't read very much by him! Then, I have the last book in Carrie's Ryan trilogy to finally read. I can't believe I have owned it this long and not read it! I also want to try and get back to Terry Pratchett this year. I was having a bookish talk with a friend the other night and she loves him, so I know I need to get into his Discworld novels. This could shape up to be a month full of really great books!


  1. I couldn't get on with A Discovery of Witches so gave up. Possibly my mood. I need to try again, maybe for the RIP challenge in the autumn.

    I dropped a very large hint to my daughter about a Katherine Langrish book for my birthday. Hopefully she took it... lol.

    Hope May is a good reading month for you... I'm hoping to have more time to read some excellent stuff too.

  2. I always have a stack of books going that I want to really read but I never seem to make it to that stack very often!!

  3. NOOOOOOO!!!! You guys didn't tell me that A Discovery of Witches was the first in a trilogy!!!! You guys are sneaky! :P

    Can't wait to see the pictures of your shelves. :D

  4. I love having all my books arranged on shelves, waiting for me to read them. However, it also makes me skip over all the library books I have out that I want to read too!

  5. *Cath: That's too bad on A Discovery of Witches. I loved that book!

    *Staci: Me either! Something else always happens...

    *Debi: I didn't know, actually. lol I only found out in the midst of reading that there was a sequel due out next year. Everything is at least a trilogy nowadays.

    *Kim: I read too much from the library... I need to step away a bit.


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