Friday, April 03, 2009

March in Review

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.

Books Read
(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?


  1. For me, April is the month of Proust and school readings. The Proust part I'm ecstatic about... the school readings... not so much.

    I have a feeling you'll love the Graveyard Book. It was quite hard to put down once I started reading it.

  2. It looks like you had a full reading month in March, Nat. I always enjoy reading everyone's monthly summaries. I wish I was better at doing them.

  3. I really enjoy the way you organized your review for March. I will have to remember to do this at the end of April, since I just started blogging at the beginning of March.
    Oh and by the way, I like the new layout. :)

  4. Hi Nat :D

    I have been awful at blogging. I like how your new blog design allows for a neat and easy to see layout.I still have to work on my blog.
    I have THE GRAVEYARD BOOK but will not read it until this summer. I have ARC books that need reading, badly.

    Have a wonderful week-end

  5. I've started "The Language of Others" by Clare Morrall and hope to finally get to Sarah Waters' "Fingersmith" after that.

  6. yay, you're reading The Graveyard Book :D

    I have the gigantic, ten-volumes-in-one Complete Bone by Jeff Smith on my April pile. Looking forward to it :P

  7. saveophelia - Good luck with the Proust. I'm very impressed that you're tackling it. And the school reading won't last forever.

    Wendy - It was a pretty good month, and it was nice to just throw my reading plans out the window and spend some time with the Cullens. :P
    Sometimes I wonder if my monthly updates are kind of boring, so I'm glad to hear that someone enjoys them. :)

    jessica.marie - Thanks, I've been doing it this way for a little while now and it seems to work for me. And welcome to blogging! :)

    Sylvie - Hi! :)
    I'm still really pleased with my new layout so I think I'll stick with it for awhile.
    I'm trying to catch up on some review books this month, so I hope to get the pile down a bit. Good luck with yours.

    Teresa - I've still only read Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall, although I've been meaning to read her second published book for quite some time. How are you enjoying this one?

    Nymeth - Yup, I'm looking forward to The Graveyard Book. Everyone seems to love it!
    10-volumes-in-one... that must be so heavy! Take care you don't drop it on your foot. ;)

  8. Looks like you had a great month! I'll have to check out those manga reviews soon. (I'm still without a home computer so I'm really behind in my blog reading.) Can't wait to hear what you think of The Museum Guard and The Graveyard Book.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. Anna - I'm still behind in my blog reading too and my only excuse is a lack of time. I can't imagine being without a computer at home, especially since with teaching I don't have access to a computer at work. I'd be suffering withdrawal for sure! Hope you get things sorted soon.


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