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April 2017 Reading Roundup

May 3, 2017

A veritable shower of April books. I’m pleased for a number of reasons. I’m pleased that the Hub Challenge is helping prod me into reading outside of my comfort zone. I read and enjoyed my first manga. Books that satisfy the Hub Challenge are marked with an asterisk.

And of course, this past weekend was Dewey’s Readathon. I’m still basking in the bookish revelry and catching up on digesting what I read and browsing others’ blogs. I polished off a tidy number of books over the weekend. Those books are marked with a double star ** because I decided that Readathon books count double $2 for EveryLibrary

Let’s see the numbers.

Print Books (Electronic and Paper)

  1. Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens (from the e-galley vaults on my Kindle. I owe this a review)
  2. *Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear…and Why by Sady Doyle. I owe this one a longer book review and possibly a re-read.
  3. *Exit. Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  4. *Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland (wanted to like this one more than I did.)
  5. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. (From the Kindle to-review vaults)
  6. *Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable Path Adventure by Ryan North. I’m calling this done, and read, even though it’s a “choose-your-own-adventure” with branching storylines.
  7. A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (another from the e-galley vaults)
  8. *Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldovsky
  9. Conviction by Julia Dahl. Still a really good mystery series, strong in terms of character and suspenseful plot. Would happily read more.
  10. *The Haters by Jesse Andrews.
  11. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. I read this for a friend’s Dystopian Book Club. And it was the most cheerful dystopia I’d ever encountered. Charming and fun.
  12. **Fallout (Lois Lane #1) by Gwenda Bond. Another that’s been on my shelf for ages. I’d give this to teens, even non-comic lovers.
  13. ***When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Maria McLemore. So good! Possibly my favorite book of the year!!!
  14. ***Salt to the Sea– Ruta Sepetys. So sad it makes me grouchy that this was the book I ended the month on. Bah.


Thud by Terry Pratchett

**Snuff by Terry Pratchett

I have now run out of the library’s stock of Sam Vimes audiobooks read by Stephen Briggs. This is distressing.

Graphic Novels

*Orange Vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange Vol 2 by Ichigo Takano

I really liked Orange. I’d read more manga like this. Once I figure out what “like this” means in terms of manga.

The grand total of books read in April is 18! With a $4 bonus for the Readathon books.

So the total for the year so far is: 65 books and $69 in the lunchbox for EveryLibrary.

Also… it looks like I read basically zero poetry for National Poetry Month. I nibbled at odds and ends of poetry, but nothing finished enough to include in the roundup.

I did, however, knock out 8 more for the Hub Challenge. I’m up to 15 out of the goal of 25 with just a bit over a month to go. I’ve read outside of my default choices and genres, which pleases me.

And I’m pretty sure I’ve read the best book of the year: When the Moon Was Ours. But, who knows. the year is still young.

Cover image, When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



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