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April 2014 Reading Wrap-Up and a Look to May

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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:

  1. Goetz, Thomas: The Remedy (nonfiction)
  2. Weir, Andy: The Martian (fiction/audio book)
  3. Jamison, Leslie: The Empathy Exams (essays)
  4. Blanding, Michael: The Map Thief (nonfiction)
  5. Ojito, Mirta: Hunting Season (nonfiction)
  6. McCraken, Elizabeth: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (memoir)
  7. Patchett, Ann: Truth and Beauty (memoir)
  8. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 1 (graphic novel)
  9. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 2 (graphic novel)
  10. Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona: Saga Vol. 3 (graphic novel)
  11. 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!


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  • Kelly from Readlately.com May 2, 2014, 10:42 am

    May looks great for you! I haven’t signed up for BEA but I hope to.

  • emma May 2, 2014, 3:49 pm

    great list! I enjoyed very much your last book of the list. Enjoy BEA, I will content myself with Armchair BEA, hoping to still be in Chicago when BEA comes here!!
    here is my April wrap-up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2014/05/01/2014-april-wrap-up/

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf May 2, 2014, 6:26 pm

    What a fantastic April, lots of great books listed there!

  • Laurie C May 3, 2014, 6:04 am

    I’m way behind on reviews, too! I’ll be missing BEA this year. Too much going on and I’m overwhelmed with review copies already, but will try to join in Armchair BEA.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:19 pm

      I’m actually not as excited about all the books at BEA as I am about getting to see bloggers and hang out with book friends. That’s what I’ll be focusing on for the trip 🙂

  • Jennine G. May 3, 2014, 10:35 am

    Wow, that’s a great list! Can’t wait to hear about BEA!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 4, 2014, 1:55 pm

    Aw, Saga. I can’t wait to hear what you thought of Saga. You liked it, right? I just got the three trade paperbacks for my birthday so I’m excited to reread the whole run.

    • Kim May 7, 2014, 10:20 pm

      Saga was great! I liked Vol. 2 the best of all of them, but 1 and 3 are certainly nothing to scoff at 🙂

  • Melinda @ The Book Musings May 5, 2014, 5:22 am

    Oh wow! You’ve read a lot of books. That’s great! Have a good reading month for May.

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge May 5, 2014, 3:13 pm

    I love it when a month starts off slow and then zooooms at the end. I sort of had that experience this month with only two books read in the early weeks and four more right at the end.

  • susan May 8, 2014, 4:32 pm

    I too liked The Martian quite a bit but didn’t love it. I’ll be interested to hear your take on Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I havent read that one. Enjoy the Book Expo.

    My Martian review is http://www.thecuecard.com/node/808