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Looking ahead to May | Notes from my Reading

April... so many things happened and it all whizzed by! Much of what didn't happen is now May's problem along with a ton of new things planned for May. May reading plans This month, I have more than my usual number of ARCs to read. I've been slowly reentering the galley world and doing much better at either picking the right books or actually finishing them. The first one is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, which I have already started. Ryland Grace wakes up from a deep sleep, not remembering who he is, where he is, or why he is where he is - which is pretty far away and leads to several freak-outs. Eventually, he remembers that he is somehow supposed to save humanity but he just doesn't know all the little details. So far I am loving it as much as I did The Martian .  Another book coming out this month is The Plot by Jen Hanff Korelitz. A teacher and former novelist hears about his student's idea for an upcoming book but the student dies before the story could be


This page lists reviews alphabetically by title.

-  13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro
-  The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

-  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
-  Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth
-  American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
-  Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
-  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
-  Animal Farm by George Orwell
-  Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
-  April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers by Roland Lazenby
-  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
-  The Arrival by Shaun Tan
-  The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2) by Patrick Ness
-  Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
-  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

-  Based upon Availability by Alix Strauss
-  The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
-  Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) by Scott Westerfeld
-  Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
-  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
-  Blankets by Craig Thompson
-  Blindness by José Saramago
-  Blue Heaven by C. J. Box
-  Bohemia by V. S. Naipaul
-  The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
-  Bossypants by Tina Fey
-  Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
-  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
-  The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
-  Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
-  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
-  Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford
-  Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis
-  The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

-  Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges
-  The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
-  Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
-  Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
-  City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare
-  City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
-  City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare
-  City of Thieves by David Benioff
-  The City Son by Samrat Upadhyay
-  Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
-  The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
-  The Color Purple by Alice Walker
-  Columbine by Dave Cullen
-  The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
-  Coraline by Neil Gaiman
-  Creepers by David Morrell
-  Cross Currents by John Shors
-  The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan
-  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

-  Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
-  Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
-  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
-  Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
-  Denial: A Memoir of Terror by Jessica Stern
-  Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Books 1 to 5) by Jeff Kinney
-  Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Books 7 to 8) by Jeff Kinney
-  The Dinner by Herman Koch
-  The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn
-  Divergent by Veronica Roth
-  Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
-  Drama by Raina Telgemeier
-  Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane
-  The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

-  Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben (Leif Reads)
-  The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago
-  Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
-  Everything I Never Wanted to be by Dina Kucera
-  Expecting Better by Emily Oster

-  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
-  Family by J. California Cooper
-  Far to Go by Alison Pick
-  The Fates will Find their Way by Hannah Pittard
-  The Fault in our Stars by John Green
-  The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
-  Finny by Justin Kramon
-  Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
-  First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty
-  Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada and Jamar Nicholas
-  Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
-  The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
-  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
-  The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
-  Frangipani by Célestine Vaite
-  The Free by Willy Vlautin
-  The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
-  French Milk by Lucy Knisley
-  From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
-  Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye by Ann Putnam

-  The Game-On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson
-  Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden
-  The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice
-  Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
-  The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
-  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
-  The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
-  The Giver by Lois Lowry
-  Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden
-  The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky
-  Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld
-  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
-  The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik
-  Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn
-  The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
-  Green River Killer by Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen
-  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

-  Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
-  The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
-  Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
-  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling
-  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
-  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling
-  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
-  Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
-  Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
-  Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri
-  Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth
-  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
-  Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
-  Hidden Wives by Claire Avery
-  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
-  A House at the Edge of Tears by Vénus Khoury-Ghata
-  The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
-  How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

-  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
-  I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
-  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
-  In the Bed Department by Anne Enright
-  In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
-  In the South by Salman Rushdie
-  In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
-  Inferno by Dan Brown
-  Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
-  Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
-  Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
-  The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar


-  Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
-  Kindred by Octavia Butler
-  Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
-  The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
-  The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness

-  The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
-  Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
-  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
-  Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
-  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
-  Letters in the Attic by Bonnie Shimko
-  Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
-  Liar by Justine Larbalestier
-  Life of Pi by Yann Martel (audiobook)
-  The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille
-  The London Train by Tessa Hadley
-  The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
-  The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke
-  The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner
-  Lost In Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
-  The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
-  Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme
-  The Lumby Lines (Lumby, #1) by Gail Fraser

-  The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson
-  The Magicians by Lev Grossman
-  Make it Stay by Joan Frank
-  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
-  The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal
-  Marbles by Ellen Forney
-  The Martian by Andy Weir
-  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
-  Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
-  Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa
-  Missoula by Jon Krakauer
-  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
-  Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
-  Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3) by Patrick Ness
-  The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
-  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
-  My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
-  My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
-  My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares

-  Naked by David Sedaris
-  Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
-  Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
-  Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
-  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
-  Night by Elie Wiesel
-  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
-  Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama
-  Night Runner by Max Turner
-  Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

-  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
-  One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
-  One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
-  Open Season by Linda Howard
-  The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark

-  Planning to Live by Heather Wardell
-  Push by Sapphire


-  Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
-  Rainwater by Sandra Brown
-  Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight
-  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
-  Relish by Lucy Knisley
-  The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
-  Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile
-  Room by Emma Donoghue
-  Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine

-  Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
-  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
-  Say you're one of them by Uwem Akpan
-  Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
-  A Secret Gift by Ted Gup
-  The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
-  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
-  The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
-  The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Goode
-  The Shawl by Louise Erdrich
-  Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
-  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
-  Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
-  The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
-  Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
-  Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
-  Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
-  Smile by Raina Telgemeier
-  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
-  The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
-  Someone Else's Garden by Dipika Rai
-  The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel
-  South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
-  The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
-  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
-  Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
-  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
-  Stealing Lumby (Lumby, #2) by Gail Fraser
-  Still Alice by Lisa Genova
-  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
-  Stitches by David Small
-  The Story of the Human Body by Daniel E. Lieberman
-  The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
-  Stuff by Randy Frost
-  Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden
-  Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
-  Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
-  Switching Time by Richard Baer

-  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
-  Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson
-  This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
-  This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
-  A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
-  A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei
-  Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
-  The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows
-  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

-  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
-  The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
-  The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
-  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
-  Unwholly (Unwind, #2) by Neal Shusterman
-  Unwind (Unwind, #1) by Neal Shusterman

-  The Vampire Diaries (#1 and #2) by L. J. Smith
-  Vietnamerica by GB Tran
-  A Village After Dark by Kazuo Ishiguro
-  The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
-  The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

-  A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
-  The Walking Dead (Vols 1 to 8) by Robert Kirkman
-  The Walking Dead (Vols 9 to 23) by Robert Kirkman
-  The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
-  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
-  We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
-  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
-  The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
-  What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
-  What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford Garstang
-  When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
-  Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
-  Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
-  White Oleander by Janet Fitch
-  The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
-  A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
-  Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El-Saadawi


-  The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
-  Yo! by Julia Alvarez
-  Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke