Happy Mother's Day! I'm only a mom to furkids and they didn't think to get me anything. LOL. But I spent a couple of hours reading this afternoon and finished up The Museum Guard by Howard Norman. It was interesting, but I didn't love it either. Actually, I'm not really sure exactly what I think of it yet, I'm going to have to let it sit in my head for a couple of days first. As for what to read next, I'm leaning towards Looking for Alaska by John Green. I think it's time to find out what all the fuss is about.
This past week on my blog was a week of reviews, and nothing but reviews. No memes, no photos (I know I haven't posted many photos lately, sorry!), no random posts, just reviews. Not a common occurrence around here but I was trying to catch up on some of the books I'd read during the read-a-thon, and afterwards. I still have one more book that I read in April to post a review for but I should hopefully have it up this week.
In April my reading took me to ancient Israel, Victorian England, modern day Japan, Canada, and the US. I battled the Canaanites, watched a mouse uprising, met some fabulous ghosts, endured high school, fell in love with a vampire (again), and discovered a secret about my adoptive mother, among other events. So it was a pretty full month!
Books Read in April
(clicking on a title will take you to my review)
20. The Triumph of Deborah - Eva Etzioni-Halevy
21. Dear Everybody - Michael Kimball
22. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
23. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 - David Petersen
24. Emma, vol. 8 - Kaoru Mori
25. The Character of Rain - Amélie Nothomb
26. Skim - Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
27. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
28. Austenland - Shannon Hale
29. Mother Superior - Saleema Nawaz (review pending)
I really quite enjoyed everything I read last month so I can't choose a favourite. Dear Everybody was unique and poignant. The Graveyard Book brought tears to my eyes. The art in Mouse Guard was truly stunning. Twilight was just as addictive the second time around. And the stories in Mother Superior were wonderful. They really were all enjoyable books though, and I'd be happy to read more by any of these authors. A successful month, I'd say!
New-to-me authors: 6
Books in Translation: 2
Books in: 5
Books out: 6
The Year of Readers: Reading for the Book Wish Foundation.
Money raised this month: $15 + $25 from the read-a-thon
Total raised to date: $89
Reading Challenges Progress Report
(see sidebar for current challenges)
New challenge joined
Non-Fiction Five Challenge: 0 read, 5 to go (May 1 - September 30, 2009)
Book Awards II Challenge: 9 read, 1 to go (by June 1, 2009)
Once Upon a Time III Challenge: 2 read, 0 to go (March 21 - June 20, 2009)
2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?: 7 read, 6 to go (by July 1, 2009)
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge: 2 read, 3 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Lost in Translation Challenge: 6 read, 0 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Orbis Terrarum Challenge: 2 read, 8 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: 4 read, 2 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
1% Well-Read Challenge: 0 read, 10 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Manga Challenge: 6 read, 0 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Graphic Novels Challenge: 2 read, 4 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
ARC Reading Challenge: currently 6 read, 6 to go (by Dec. 31, 2009)
Long-term Reading Projects (Total read in 2009)
Reading Japan Project: 10 (including manga, 2 in April)
Orange Prize Project: 0
Reading plans for May
I just have one more Book Award winner to read by the end of the month to complete that challenge, and then I still need to read 6 Canadian books by July 1st. I'm not sure I'll make it but I'd like to give it a try. I'm going to be pretty busy over the next few weeks though (see below) so I may end up just reading light, easy stuff. We'll see how it goes.
Yesterday we spent the day apartment hunting. H's office recently moved to another part of Tokyo and from our current apartment he has to commute about an hour and a half one way to the new location. So we're planning to move from the northern outskirts of Tokyo where we are now to the western suburbs. We think we might have found our new-to-us apartment. It's not perfect, and the location is not as convenient as now, but it's so hard to find apartments to rent that allow pets, and it's probably the best we'll be able to do with what we're able to spend. I dread the packing and moving, and H is grumbling a little bit about all my books, and the cost of it all, but it'll be fun to explore a different area, and one which is much greener than the northern industrial area we live in now. If it works out with the one we decided on yesterday, we'll be moving at the beginning of June. So my posting for the rest of the month will be considerably sparser than usual. I have a couple posts I'd like to get up this week, and I'll try to stop by if and when I have the time, or need a break. I'll still be teaching too some of the time so a busy few weeks ahead. Wish me luck!
Hope you have a good week!
Week in review:
'The Character of Rain' by Amélie Nothomb (review)
'Skim' by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (review)
'Twilight' obsession (the book and the film)
'Austenland' by Shannon Hale (review)