Now, for reading: At the beginning of March I proposed a “perfect” reading month — the books I would read that would make me feel satisfied with how I spent my time with books. So how did I do in fulfilling that goal? Pretty good! Here’s my reading list for March, with books from my original “perfect month” list in bold (links go to my reviews):
- Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
- The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
- The United States of Arugula by David Kamp
- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- Blood Work by Holly Tucker
- SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
- Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner
- Paper Towns by John Green
- In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White
- But Not For Long by Michelle Wildgen
- The Long Goodbye by Meaghan O’Rourke
Pretty good. I thought I’d finish nine books, and I actually go through 11. And even better, I got through all of the specific books on my list — six of them — and had time for some random reading. I really happy about that. The only thing I didn’t accomplish was reading War and Peace. I got through a little bit, but didn’t finish the section I wanted to get to.
I liked writing up a book list for the month, so I’m going to do another one for April. Here are the books I’m hoping to get to:
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (through page 417 — Volume 2, Section 2).
- Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich for a TLC Book Tour.
- The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, a book coming out this month I for got review from BenBella Books. I’ve been craving some literary theory lately and a skim of one has me optimistic about its awesomeness.
- Beautiful & Pointless by David Orr, a review copy from Harper about reading modern poetry (Yay, National Poetry Month! Yay, literary theory light!)
- This Life is in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman, also for review from Harper.
- Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, again for review from Harper.
- The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, which I’ll be reading and reviewing for my next book review in The Cap Times.
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman for my book club (yay!)
- Priceless by Nicole Riche, which I explained in my post yesterday.
- Random book!
I decide I’m only going to read my own books during the Read-a-Thon on April 9 (are you signed up yet?), so I should easily be able to get in some random books that way. I’m not sure if I’ll get through all the review commitments, but I’m sure gonna try. I got a little crazy with the Harper review books for April, but they’re a publisher that puts out reliably entertaining books, so I’m excited.
If you’re keeping track of my progress in the TBR Dare… I pretty much failed this month. There were a bunch of books not previously on my list that I dipped into, but you know what? That’s ok. I went a little review copy crazy in April, but I’m already cutting back for May to continue with the spirit of reading from my shelves. Right now I only have two review commitments in May, and I’m hoping I can keep it that way.
What books are you looking forward to reading in April? Any of these on the list that I should be sure to get to?