March and April in review (and a look at May/June)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Both March and April were somewhat slow months for me in reading. Part of it is probably because of the return of some of my TV shows, but a busier work and life is also to blame for some of that lack of reading. I spent part of March in Toronto, Quebec city, and Niagara and spent very little of that vacation reading anything at all. April ended up being a recovery month from some of that vacation, plus I have a vague feeling of decluttering something this whole month. So it isn't until the readathon at the end of April that I really got into a reading spree.
These are the books I read the past two months.
I loved many of these books so it makes it hard picking any kind of favorite. The Cellist of Sarajevo was very thought-provoking, The House at the End of Hope Street was quirky, Expecting Better was informative, Relish was fun, Dept. of Speculation was hard to put down. The Magicians and French Milk were sort of bummer reads - the former suffering from execution and the latter from not meeting high expectations.
Blog highlights from March and April
The Joy of bookstore hopping
Canada trip highlights and this is the (huge) bag of books I bought there.
Readathon in numbers
The Walking Dead, Vols 9 to 23
Marbles by Ellen Forney and Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole Georges (reviews)
Relish by Lucy Knisley (review)
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (review)
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and French Milk by Lucy Knisley (reviews)
Stuff by Randy Frost (review)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (review)
Plans for May and June
I am still determined not to plan my reading but after four months of obstinately sticking to a no-plan reading, I find that having some kind of small events or projects definitely make reading feel a lot livelier for me. So this month, I am doing two readalongs - Flowers for Algernon and A Visit from the Goon Squad and also plan to take part in the Armchair BEA event if I can have my posts planned sufficiently enough.
As for books, I don't really know what I will be reading beyond the books from the two readalongs but this is my potential stack which may change at any time.
So Long a Letter by Mariam Bâ
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (readalong)
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (readalong)
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (So excited to read this after loving The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani (based on Jenny's recommendation)
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler