May 14, 2009

A Month in Summary - April '09

We're already halfway into May and I'm just getting to this monthly summary. Why is it that winter drags on forever, and yet spring seems to fly by like a bat out of hell? As I mentioned in my previous post, I really could use a few more hours in my day. Since I already get up before the sun, I suppose I could try to stay up a bit later. Am I the only one who crawls into bed with a book at 8:30?!

In spite of the single Did Not Finish (brief review to follow, says she with determined optimism!), April turned out to be another good month of reading. Sandford has always been hit-or-miss, so I wasn't terribly surprised (or disappointed) that Mortal Prey wasn't as entertaining as some of his earlier works. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Cleave's powerful novel and am tempted to go back and read his debut, Incendiary. The Hunger Games was fabulous! Everyone in my face-to-face book club loved this book and we're all anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel this fall. The Midwife is the type of memoir that is so vividly written, it stays with you long after the final page. I have a copy to give away, so if you're interested, leave a comment with your email address and I'll draw a winning name this Sunday night.

Click on the titles to read my reviews.

Mortal Prey by John Sandford (2.5/5)

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (4.5/5)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4.5/5)

The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth (4/5)

One Square Inch of Silence by Gordon Hempton (DNF)

Favorite of the month: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Books Read 4
Male Authors 2
Female Authors 2
New-To-Me Authors 3
Epistolary 0
Audio 0
Fiction 3
Nonfiction 1
Historical Fiction 0
Coming-of-Age 0
Classic 0
Poetry 0
Teen 1
Children's 0
Sci-Fi 1
Fantasy 0
Horror 0
Romance 0
Humor 0
Travel 0
Memoir 1
Short Stories 0
Essays 0
Culinary 0
Mystery/Thriller 1
Re-read 0
Mine 1
Borrowed 3

Note: Only books completed are counted in the above totals with, of course, the exception of the DNF category.


  1. I can never seem to remember DNFs by the end of the month. Should record these, I think.

  2. Anonymous4:07 AM

    I had started LITTLE BEE but it didn't grab me right away. It's a library book that needs to be returned now. I've read good reviews of it, so I think I'll get it again when it's available and try again. I'm in a reading slump right now - it probably wasn't the best time to try to read it.

  3. Little Bee is on my TBR pile. I really must read it soon because it is getting good reviews. I also have The Hunger Games out from the library. I am a bit worried because people are saying that everything pales in comparison for a bit and I am already having a rocky time reading the last couple weeks!

    Count me in for the give-away for Midwife. Looks really good and my library won't have it for a while, if ever!

  4. I can't believe how fast May is going. It's like you say, Winter-slow, Spring-fast. It's crazy. I do get in a little reading each day, but I'll be lucky to finish one book this month. I have a review to write that is weeks overdue.

    Don't include me for the drawing this time around. A book should go to someone who will actually hold it in their hands and turn the pages. I still haven't read the last book I won from you - something about midwives as well. No that's not right. It was The Birthing House. I will get to that one someday. I will, I will, I will!

  5. Mortal Prey really got a low rating with you!!! Now I wonder if I should even bother reading it...the past couple of his books have really disappointed me but I keep giving him 2nd/3rd chances because I really am into the Prey series!! Decisions, decisions!!! I would love to win The Midwife!!

  6. Anonymous9:28 AM

    You aren't the only one to go to bed at 8:30 with a book, but you might be the only one who gets up before dawn. ;) That could never be me, much as I fantasize otherwise.

  7. DebNance - I jot down (in a book journal) all the preliminary info about the books I'm reading so I can go back and look at any notes I might have taken during my reading. Otherwise, I'd probably forget which ones I didn't finish.

    Lynne - I know Little Bee took me a few pages to get interested, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Do give it another try. I think you'll really enjoy it.

    Kailana - Maybe you can plan for some light fluffy reads right after The Hunger Games. Or maybe just take a day or two to read some magazines.

    You're in for the give-away. Not much competition, so far. :)

    Booklogged - I've only finished one so far this month, but there's still hope for one or two more. Is it me, or does it feel later in the month than it really is?

    Don't feel bad about not getting to The Birth House yet. I just finished a book that was given to me a year and a half ago. I have so many "gifted" books that I hope to read this year. Time to start ignoring the ARCs that keep tempting me at work.

    Staci - I know what you mean about the Prey series. I keep thinking I should just quit, but then I wonder if the next one will be really good.

    You're in for The Midwife drawing. Good luck!

    Bellezza - Ah, it's after 9:30 and I'm still awake! Time to grab my book, turn off the computer and head to bed. I'll be up at 5:15! :)

  8. You're ahead of me, Les. I wrote down the titles I read in April and then my brain went splat. I'm trying to make this a recovery week, not pushing myself. Seems to be working pretty well, so far. So, tell me who is having a signing???

  9. My hubby. :)
    Barnes & Noble
    June 13th
    2-4 pm
    Wanna come? :)

  10. Sorry for the delay, but I finally got around to drawing a name for The Midwife. Staci, you win! Send me your snail mail address (my email is lscher at neb dot rr dot com) and I'll get it in the mail tomorrow or Friday.


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