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:
- Gooch, Brad: Smash Cut (memoir)
- Battles, Matthew: Palimpsest (nonfiction)
- Stevenson, Noelle: Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 (comics)
- Stevenson, Noelle: Lumberjanes, Issues 5 – 8 (comics)
- Daum, Meghan: The Unspeakable (essays)
- Simison, Graeme: The Rosie Project (fiction)
- Dean, Margaret Lazarus: Leaving Orbit (creative nonfiction)
- Palfrey, John: Biblio TECH (nonfiction)
- Wilson, G. Willow: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2 (comics)
- Whitehead, Colson: Zone One (fiction)
- King, Lily: Euphoria (fiction)
- 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?