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TSS: April Reading Wrap-Up

Remember how I said I was overwhelmed with exams/essays/wrapping up my foreseeable academic career, aside from my dissertation, this month?  It certainly felt that way, but you’d never know from my reading!  Numbers correspond to total books read in 2009.

65. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
66. The Sugar Queen – Sarah Addison Allen
67. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
68. The Red Siren – M.L. Tyndall
69. The Love We Share Without Knowing – Christopher Barzak
70. Palace Circle – Rebecca Dean
71. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
72. Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
73. The Traitor’s Wife – Susan Higginbotham
74. Queen’s Cross – Lawrence Schoonover
75. Simply Perfect – Mary Balogh
76. What Would Jane Austen Do? – Laurie Brown
77. Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier
78. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
79. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
80. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever – Julia Quinn
81. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris
82. Oakleaf Bearers – John Flanagan
83. And Only to Deceive – Tasha Alexander
84. Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales – Eleanor Bluestein
85. Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner
86. The Wonder Singer – George Rabasa
87. Follow Me – Joanna Scott
88. How to Marry a Marquis – Julia Quinn
89. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsen
90. The Host – Stephenie Meyer
91. The Last Queen – C.W. Gortner

I completely outdid myself this month.  I read 27 books, which is the most ever.  You’d think I’d stop reading when I had stressful things to get done.  Nope, I just read more. Although I had reason, considering I had a flight on which I read maybe four books and during the 24 hour read-a-thon I finished 5 and later completed a 6th.  The funniest part is that I was truly shocked.  For most of this month, I felt I had no time to read, and while I do keep a list, I didn’t look at it much until composing this post today.  It’s very strange how my perception of reality did not tally at all with actual reality.

I’m also absurdly pleased with myself because in the month of April, I added just 8 books to my TBR pile and managed to clear a massive 22 from it.  That’s a net loss of 14, which for someone like me is awesome!  I guess I had time to read but not any time to visit the bookstore.

It’s also virtually impossible to pick a favorite.  I’d probably recommend anything on that list up there, with perhaps the exception of The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Breaking Dawn, or Palace Circle. I enjoyed everything else.  I’ve gotten really good at picking out what I like and sticking to it.

Today, I’m going to start The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo.  I’m also really looking forward to discussing The English Patient with my online book club later on.  Keith and I are also going to watch more of LOST.  We’re 6 episodes away from the end of season 1 and avoiding spoilers has gotten much more difficult now that I know who many of the characters are and actually have an interest!

First, though, time to get some work done.

How was your reading month?

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