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Happy Ascension Day! Happy Memorial Day! Happy Africa Day! No matter what you are celebrating this weekend (or not), have fun and stay safe!

The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

Month in Review - April 2010


 

A lot of things fell in place for me this month. I got a job, my research work stabilized (though it spiked up during month-end), then I got plenty of reading and blogging done. What can be better than that? :-)
  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Reread - 4 cocktails)
  2. The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark (3 cocktails)
  3. April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers by Roland Lazenby (5 cocktails)
  4. Columbine by Dave Cullen (5 cocktails : WOW!)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Reread - 5 cocktails)
  6. The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice (3 cocktails)
  7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (4 cocktails)
  8. Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden (4 cocktails)
  9. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (3 cocktails)
  10. Push by Sapphire (5 cocktails)
Discussion
  1. Internet over the years 
  2. Non-fiction Blues
  3. Has a book ever changed your life?
Challenge Progress

Challenges completed: 0/12
  1. 100+ Reading Challenge: 34/100
  2. Awesome Author Challenge: 1/10
  3. Support your Local Library Challenge: 18/50
  4. Flashback Reading Challenge: 5/9
  5. Audio Book Challenge: 3/12
  6. 451 Challenge: 1/7
  7. Women Unbound Challenge: 2/5
  8. A to Z Challenge: 32/52
  9. Original TBR Challenge: 4/12
  10. What's in a name? 3 Challenge: 1/6
  11. Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: 3/10
  12. POC Challenge: 4/10

April Stats
Number of books: 10
Number of pages read: 2664
Number of Audio Books: 1
Hours listened to (completed audio books only): 10 hours, 44 minutes

Re-reads: 2
New-to-me authors: 7
Male authors: 3
Female authors: 7

Book cleared from my physical shelf: 3
Books added to my physical shelf: 8

Number of books added anew to my TBR this month: 115

Ratings

Did you sign-up for the Glorious giveaway?

Comments

Cat said…
You did have a good month!

I agree with the wow! for Columbine - the back of the book says 'in the tradition of Truman Capote' and its definitely the best true crime I've read since In Cold Blood many years ago.
bermudaonion said…
You had a stellar month all the way around. I thought you'd like Push. It really makes you think, doesn't it?
Fantastic month, Aths! I really want to re-read the Harry Potter series.
Stephanie said…
You had a terrific month of reading and reviewing! I hope to read Push soon.

http://laughingstars.net
So how come our TBR lists grow so much quicker than our read lists?! We'll never catch up this way :-)
I picked up Columbine today from my library. I am excited and nervous to get into it.
Athira said…
Cat, my sentiments exactly!! It was so well-written, it was hard to put it down!

Kathy, Push had a huge impact on me. The situations of those various girls were so well written that I seriously want to do something for them.

Emidy, thanks! :)

Stephanie, you will love Push! You should read it!

Helen, I'm dumbfounded too! :P

Sheila, you will LOVE it!! Can't wait to read your review!
Anonymous said…
Looks like you had a great April too! I have to put Columbine on my TBR list. You definitely got me interested. I hope you have a great May!