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April 2015 Reading Wrap Up and a Look to May

April was a pretty stressful month on the personal side, but pretty darn good when it came to reading. Thanks to the Readathon on Saturday, as well as some time spent with comics, I managed to finish 12 books this month:

  1. Gooch, Brad: Smash Cut (memoir)
  2. Battles, Matthew: Palimpsest (nonfiction)
  3. Stevenson, Noelle: Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 (comics)
  4. Stevenson, Noelle: Lumberjanes, Issues 5 – 8 (comics)
  5. Daum, Meghan: The Unspeakable (essays)
  6. Simison, Graeme: The Rosie Project (fiction)
  7. Dean, Margaret Lazarus: Leaving Orbit (creative nonfiction)
  8. Palfrey, John: Biblio TECH (nonfiction)
  9. Wilson, G. Willow: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2 (comics)
  10. Whitehead, Colson: Zone One (fiction)
  11. King, Lily: Euphoria (fiction)
  12. Johansen, Erika: The Queen of the Tearling (fiction)

There were a lot of pretty great books on the list. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which I read as a trade paperback and some single issues on Scribd (an ebook subscription service). I think there’s a few more volumes out, but I wanted to wait until I could read them in a chunk.

My other two favorites for the month were probably Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean (May 19 from Graywolf Press) and Euphoria by Lily King. I wrote about Euphoria earlier this week, and I’m planning a review of Leaving Orbit closer to the publication date. Rereading The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen was pretty great too – I can’t wait for the second book in the trilogy!

A Look to May

I’ve gone a little crazy at the library over the last few weeks, so I have many books checked out. I’m hoping to get to a lot of them before they need to go back during the middle of the month. A few on the pile are:

  • Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel – A look at how single women have been portrayed in popular media over the last 100 years.
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast – A memoir about how a woman and her parents dealt with aging.
  • How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson – “Six innovations that made the modern world” from one of my favorite authors.
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert – A Pulitzer Prize-winning look at the five mass extinctions in world history and how humans are starting to cause the sixth.

What books are you excited to read in May?

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  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes April 30, 2015, 10:25 am

    Sorry to hear it was a stressful month, but I’m glad you read so many great books!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End May 1, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Aw, sweetie, I’m sorry you’ve been having a rough month! I hope May is better for you. Your reading list looks fabulous at least!

    • Kim Ukura May 10, 2015, 4:15 pm

      It was a great month of reading. May is off to a slow start, but I think it’s looking up too.

  • Vasilly May 1, 2015, 2:15 pm

    I hope May turns out to be a less stressful month for you. Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes are two volumes that I think made it on to everyone’s list for April. They were so popular. Can’t We Talk About Something is such a thoughtful book. I’m looking forward to your thoughts. Happy May!

  • Jennine G. May 4, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Read your interview! So, what do you think the rewording for a review post should be? I’ve included the words you don’t care for in my posts, but only because it was my understanding we had to state we recorded the copy for free. I do see what you say about implications…how would you reword it?

    • Jennine G. May 4, 2015, 3:37 pm

      *recorded = received

    • Kim Ukura May 10, 2015, 4:18 pm

      I usually say, “I received this book from the publisher for review consideration,” instead of … “in exchange.” I got that phrase from another book blogger and really like it.