April, April, April. Where have you gone? This month was a flurry of activity, work and travel, so it’s not that surprising that it seems to have flown by.
My reading in April started out very slowly, just four books in the first 25 days of the month. But I finished three books during the Readathon on April 26, flew through three comic books on April 27, and finished up another book on April 30, bringing my total for the month to 11. Here’s the master list:
- Goetz, Thomas: The Remedy (nonfiction)
- Weir, Andy: The Martian (fiction/audio book)
- Jamison, Leslie: The Empathy Exams (essays)
- Blanding, Michael: The Map Thief (nonfiction)
- Ojito, Mirta: Hunting Season (nonfiction)
- McCraken, Elizabeth: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (memoir)
- Patchett, Ann: Truth and Beauty (memoir)
- Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 1 (graphic novel)
- Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 2 (graphic novel)
- Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 3 (graphic novel)
- Sloan, Robin: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (fiction)
As you can see, I am woefully behind on reviews. I hope I can get caught up in May. My favorite book of the month was probably The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, but I also really enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir. Overall, I think it was a great reading month. I hope I can keep up my momentum going into May. My biggest book nerd moment of the month was going to Los Angeles for the LA Times Festival of Books.
A Look to May
There are a ton of great books coming out in May. The pile I have sitting by my desk includes The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean (May 6 , Little Brown), An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (May 6, Black Cat), The Bees by Laline Paull (May 6, Ecco), To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (May 13, Little Brown) and the book I’m reading now, Console Wars by Blake Harris (May 13, It Books). Oddly enough, it’s a ton of fiction, which will be a fun change of pace.
The other big event for May will be my trip to Book Expo America. I’ve got most of the major details — a plane ticket and a roommate — figured out, but I still have to scope out the autographing tables and panels to see what books I’m excited about. I plan to share those at some point this month too. Happy Reading!