March was my month of manga and vampires. The manga took me from Victorian London to contemporary Germany to Japan, and back to England again. Then I spent some intensive weekends with the Cullens in Forks, Washington. As well as a return to London, followed by more vampire adventures in Prague and the Romanian mountains. And I ended the month with short stories set in the US.
(clicking on a title will take you to my review)
11. Emma, vol. 1 - Kaoru Mori
12. Monster, vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa
13. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
14. xxxHolic, vol. 1 - CLAMP
15. As Shadows Fade - Colleen Gleason
16. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
17-18. Emma, vols. 2 - 7 - Kaoru Mori
19. Little Stories - Jeff Roberts
Favourite of the month would be the Emma manga series. Beautiful art and a lovely story.
My least favourite would have to be Little Stories, simply because of all the typos and the unfinished feeling many of the stories had.
As for which authors I'd like to read again, I'll most likely read Kaoru Mori the soonest as I hope to read volume 8 of the Emma series before too long. I'm sad that the Twilight series is over but I'd like to try The Host sometime, and I'll probably continue on in the series by Naoki Urasawa.
New-to-me authors: 4
Books in Translation: 5 (all manga)
Books in: 7 (4 of which I read in March!)
Books out: 0
The Year of Readers: Reading for the Book Wish Foundation.
Money raised this month: $16
Total raised to date: $49
Reading Challenges Progress Report
(see sidebar for current challenges)
New challenge joined
Once Upon a Time III Challenge: 0 read, 1 to go (March 21 - June 20, 2009)
Book Awards II Challenge: 5 read, 5 to go (by June 1, 2009)
2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?: 4 read, 9 to go (by July 1, 2009)
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge: 1 read, 4 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Lost in Translation Challenge: 5 read, 1 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: 0 read, 10 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
World Citizen Challenge: 0 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
What's in a Name? 2 Challenge: 3 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
1% Well-Read Challenge: 0 read, 10 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Manga Challenge: 5 read, 1 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Graphic Novels Challenge: 0 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
ARC Reading Challenge: currently 2 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Long-term Reading Projects (Total read in 2009)
Reading Japan Project: 8 (5 in March)
Orange Prize Project: 0
Reading plans for April
My main focus for April will be catching up on some review books, and reading a book or two for the Once Upon a Time III Challenge and the Book Awards II Challenge. A couple of the books I have on deck are Mother Superior by Saleema Nawaz, The Museum Guard by Howard Norman, both for review, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which counts for both challenges. I have some others I'd like to get to this month as well, and mood may change things up a bit so we'll see how it goes.
What do you plan to read in April?