I stopped by the library early in the week and there I found T.S. Eliot's book of cat poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. What fun! Reading these poems helped me feel a little bit better about abondoning Ariel. I also found Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote at the library. It's the "official" selection for My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge but when I made up my list I wasn't sure if I'd read it or something else. Luckily the library had it so that's what I'm reading now. I haven't got too far into it yet, and only managed a few pages today because we were out most of the day, but it's already living up to its billing as a Southern Gothic story.
As usual, I don't know how the month flies by so fast. Here it is May already so I've decided to do my usual monthly wrap up here in the Salon today. Hope no one minds. In April I read 5 books, and 2 of them were very short so that number is a bit deceptive but I enjoyed all of them and that's what counts.
(clicking on the title will take you to my review)
13. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
14. Black Rain - Masuji Ibuse
15. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
16. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
17. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Favourite of the month: Hmmm, that's hard because I rated 3 of them the same, and the other 2 weren't far behind. So let's do it this way...
Best kid's book I never read as a kid: Tuck Everlasting
Most fun to read: Once Upon a Time in the North
Most educational: Black Rain
Books in: 15
Books out: 4
I certainly made up for not buying any books in March by having a bit of a book binge in April! Of the 15 books that made their way into my house last month, I've already read 2 of them. That's rare since I usually buy the books because I Must Have Them Right Now, but then they sit on the shelves unread for months or years. Sound familiar? I did give away 4 books for BAFAB Week so that helped a little. So by my math, that means I actually only acquired 9 books in April. ;)
Two new books have already arrived here this week but they arrived after the 1st so they'll go in May's count. One was an ARC of Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan. (Thanks Iliana!) The other I bought today at the bookstore, a very reasonably priced copy of After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I also picked up a free copy of The Best Books Ever Written, put out by Penguin Classics. It's bound as a book but it's sample chapters from the following: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte; The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins; The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde; The Country of the Blind and Other Stories, H.G. Wells, The Woman Who Rode Away, D.H. Lawrence; Lust, Caution, Eileen Chang; On the Road, Jack Kerouac; Rabbit, Run, John Updike; A Science Fiction Omnibus, Brian Aldiss (ed.); Silent Spring, Rachel Carson; Herzog, Saul Bellow; The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol; The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux; The Assistant, Robert Walser; Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Interesting choices. I've only read the 4 in bold. If you've read any of the others, I'd love to hear what you thought of them. It does seem a very masculine selection, and it's only excerpts, but it was free! Need I say more?
Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
(see sidebar for all current challenges and reading projects)
Once Upon a Time II Challenge - 3 down, 2 to go (by June 20th)
Book Awards Challenge - 6 down, 6 to go (by June 30th)
My Year of Reading Dangerously- 4 down, 8 to go
What's in a Name Challenge - 3 done, 3 to go
Austen Mini-Challenge - 1 done, 1 to go
Orbis Terrarum Challenge - 0 done, 9 to go
Plus I joined 2 new challenges that started on May 1st:
Non-Fiction Five Challenge (5 books by the end of September)
tl;dr (Herding Cats) Challenge (3 books by the end of November)
Long-term Reading Projects:
Reading Japan Project - 1 book read in April which makes 5 read so far this year. My list of Japan-related books read (by Japanese and non-Japanese authors) here.
The Orange Prize Project - none yet this year, my list of previously read titles here.
Reading plans for May:
Well, speaking of book binges, I've decided to join this one. It seems a bit like I'm cheating since the rules are simply to keep track of each and every book you read. Then at the end of the month, blog the list of books read during the month. I already do this every month, but oh well. Why not? I'm such a joiner! (click on the button for more info). As for more specific reading plans, I really really need to get reading more Book Award winners as that challenge is ending soon. Wish me luck.
Last but not least (sorry this has turned into a very long post), this week's Weekly Geeks challenge. It's actually more of an idea that we can adopt or not as we choose. The idea, borrowed from Darla at Books and Other Thoughts, is to add links to reviews of the same book by other bloggers in your own review post. Personally I think this is a great idea. It's always nice to read more than one review of a book, to have more than one opinion to go on. I have done this occasionally on my own when I remembered reading a specific review by a certain blogger but only very occasionally. (I'm usually too
Disclaimer: I am more than willing (and think it would be quite helpful to readers) to post links to reviews with differing and similar opinions to my own, however, I will not post links to reviews that I deem to be offensive.
The queen of organisation has to be Natasha at Maw Books. The Book Bloggers Book Reviews database that she's compiling is impressive. Do check it out if you haven't already.
And finally I think that's it for today. If you've read to the end, thanks for not dozing off. Also, I'm very behind on my blog visiting but I'll be by. Have a great week!