April 2013 Reading Wrap-Up and May Plans

Posted May 5, 2013 by Heather in Monthly Wrap-ups / 43 Comments

Hooo-wee, April was a busy month! I went to two library book sales: the book sale for the smaller of my two local libraries was at the beginning of the month, and the book sale for my “big” local library was at the end of the month (and my dad drove all the way here to go with me!). In between those two events, Eric had nine days off from work and we did THE BIG SPRING CLEAN. We cleaned everything: windows, walls, curtains, cabinets, you name it. We got so much work done. It was EXHAUSTING but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was LOVELY. And now that the sunshine and warmer weather have made their way to Central PA, I finally have the windows open every day and my house feels so good to be in. STUFFINESS, BE GONE!

Because of the general hustle and bustle around here I read fewer books than I thought I would, but that’s okay. I still got a ton of reading done:

Finished in April: 14
YTD: 67

  • The Liars’ Gospel, Naomi Alderman
  • Firestarter, Stephen King
  • The Missing File, D.A. Mishani
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
  • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  • Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King
  • The Big Over Easy, Jasper Fforde
  • The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Danielle Evans
  • Roadwork, Richard Bachman
  • The Beautiful Room is Empty, Edmund White
  • Amity & Sorrow, Peggy Riley
  • Deadly Harvest, Michael Stanley
  • May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes
Photo by Meg of SnobberyClick here to see the list of everything I’ve read in 2013

Pages read in April: 5,290
YTD: 23,973

Number of pages I read in April, by day

Currently reading:

  • Frozen in Time, Mitchell Zuckoff (TLC Book Tours)

Plans for May:

  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe (#TuesBookTalk)
  • Bayou, Vol. 1, Jeremy Love (Twitter Book Club, #BayouVol1)
  • Fight For Your Long Day, Alex Kudera (The Next Best Book Club)
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (BOOK CLUB)
  • Song of Susannah, Stephen King (The EPIC Dark Tower Read-a-Long)
  • The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood (Project Read All Of Atwood)
  • Cujo, Stephen King (READ ALL THE SK!)
  • The Running Man, Richard Bachman (READ ALL THE SK!)
  • The Black Country, Alex Grecian
  • Famous Drownings in Literary History, Kevin Haworth (CCLaP Book Tour)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (reading with sj for Towel Day!)
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (Classics Club readalong, hosted by The True Book Addict)
  • The Fourth Bear, Jasper Fforde
  • A Virtual Love, Andrew Blackman
  • The Water Sign, C.S. Samulski
  • Immortal Bird, Doron Weber (TLC Book Tours)
  • The Roving Tree, Elsie Augustave

I don’t know if I’ll get through all of those, but that’s what I’m planning to read (along with whatever else I feel like reading, if there’s time). I’m pretty sure I can do it.

What was the best book you read in April? Is there a book that you’re especially looking forward to reading this month?


  • The best book I read in April was 1984, a book I’ve been meaning to read for years. Chilling stuff. I may need a re-read of H2G2 to be able to smile again.

    • Oooo…1984 is one of my favorites. I’m so glad you read it and liked it so much. You are more than welcome to read Hitchhiker with us–the more the merrier! 🙂

      • Ooh! That sounds like fun. Thanks for the invite.:)

  • The books I read this April all were pretty good, but nothing great. Of course, there was that one clunker :)…

    I have Special Topics in Calamity Physics on my shelf, but wondering is it worth it? So well, is it?

    • I really enjoyed Calamity Physics. I think it’s worth a read, yes. Pull that sucker off your shelf and give it a go.

      • Thanks…I’ll do that…probably some time this summer. 🙂 But I’ll get to it.

  • therelentlessreader

    Yay for April! Mine was stuffed with books! Right now I’m reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I’ve been very much looking forward to it. I just started it but so far so good. Here’s to May!

  • Yay for spring cleaning! We should probably do it here, but a bunch of boys in a house, probably not ever going to happen, maybe I’ll get inspired and just do my room again 😀

    Also, good luck with Cujo!

    • Hahahaha! A house full of boys DEFINITELY needs a good spring cleaning. Hee!

  • sj

    Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl was my favourite for April. I hope to write about it this week and get to the sequel sometime this month.

    • Would you recommend it for me? Do you think I’d like it?

      • sj

        It’s kind of like a Guy Ritchie movie in an urban fantasy setting. Lots of short chapters with tons of characters, very violent with swearing and magic and political (werewolf politics) intrigue.

        I think you’d enjoy it, he’s got a very Adams-y sense of humour.

        • I’ll look into it. I won’t have time this month, but I’ll check it out sometime this summer.

  • Great list for May! I really loved The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane- hope you enjoy it!

    • That’s good to hear! I meant to start it yesterday and got busy with other things–I’ll probably start it later tonight.

  • I actually read more than one book in April…imagine that! 😛 I’m getting better at being back to my old ways of reading.

    The best was definitely The Book Thief. I immensely enjoyed it, much more than I was expecting to.

    This month I’m hoping to get through The Handmaid’s Tale and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened….and maybe an SK book. We’ll see. 🙂

    • The Book Thief is SO GOOD. I cried and cried at the end. Haha!

      The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my all-time favorites, and the top of the list. I just reread it a couple of months ago, and I still enjoy it just as much as the first time I read it (as a teenager). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is hilarious.

  • Are you an audio listener? I can’t remember. Would have been great for all that cleaning. I LOVE the idea of that type of deep cleaning but fear that I won’t have the energy to do it for another 10 years (when I can also hopefully bribe little hands into helping). I think I have The Age of Miracles on audio–I should bump that up on my list. I had a pretty good month for April–think I managed six total. Nevermind that my year total is your month total. 😉

    Cujo. Eeeeeep!!!

    • I am an audio listener, but not as much as reading. You won’t believe this (maybe you will)…I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF THAT while I was cleaning. Oh my goodness. *slaps forehead* I even have a bunch of audiobooks on my iPod. What an airhead. Hahaha!

      Ashley read The Age of Miracles, too, and we both really liked it. Bump it up. 🙂

      • I never think to listen to books, except when I am walking somewhere far away or driving. I usually put on music while cleaning. But after that suggestion, maybe you won’t forget next time!

        Enjoy The Running Man, I really liked that one!

      • I’m a total convert…until a year or two ago I would have NEVER considered listening to an audiobook while cleaning. But it seems to be the perfect task to do while listening! Gardening as well. Or even cooking! 😉

  • I’ll be curious to see what you think of The Golem and the Jinni, I’ve been seeing it pop up a bunch of different places.

    In May I’m looking to get through a few new releases, including the new Dan Brown… about which I’m cautiously optimistic.

    • Heh. sj and I were just chatting about that. I probably won’t read the new Dan Brown, but I’m open to people changing my mind. I really enjoyed Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code, but didn’t really like any of his other books. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on the new one.

      • The Lost Symbol (follow-up to The Da Vinci Code) was INCREDIBLY disappointing, for a number of reasons, the biggest of which being that… it was the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, the whole world knows who you are now, and THIS was the best you could do? Really? (I dunno, some people liked it, but I wasn’t one of them.)

        So, like I said… cautiously optimistic. I’ll let you know.

        • Eric didn’t like The Lost Symbol, either, so I never read it.

  • Wow, that’s a lot of books for one month! I wish I could read that many. I think these days I’m only able to finish 1 book per month (if I’m lucky).

    How was Special Topics in Calamity Physics? That has been on my “to-read” list forever…but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. It seems interesting, but the size of it intimidates me a bit. Do you think it’s worth getting into or can it wait a little longer?

    Good luck with your May reading list…..from your list I’ve only read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Never Let Me Go. Hitchhiker’s was really funny, but Never Let Me Go was just ok for me.

    • I really liked Calamity Physics. It isn’t “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO READ IT RIGHT NOW,” but I think it’s quite good. I’m glad I read it. Don’t let the size intimidate you–it’s easy to read, not stuffy or slow.

      • Ok..thanks for that. Maybe I can move it up to me “to-read soonish” list. lol.

        • Yes. Put it on that list.

  • As usual, your reading accomplishments are astounding! I’m looking forward to our TuesBookTalk book and Never Let Me Go. I usually look forward to everything I have planned to read, to be honest. 😉

    When is Towel Day? I had started Hitchhiker awhile back, but didn’t get to finish. Maybe I’ll join you.

    • May 25th. It’s a Saturday. Mark your calendar!

      I’m looking forward to Physick and Never Let Me Go, too. 🙂

  • WOW. That’s a lot. Thank you for reminding me to get off of the computer and back to reading with your incredible accomplishments!

  • I see you’ve been doing more reading than reviewing… That makes me happy as it assures me I’m not the only one with that problem…

    happy reading in May!

    • No, you’re definitely not. Hahaha!

  • You may have read “just” 14 books last month, but you did great. 🙂 I had no idea there was a Bayou read-along this month! I love that book. Wait wait wait! There’s a such thing as Towel Day?! You’re adding more books to my reading list this month! 🙂 What program do you use to keep track of your daily reading?

    • Yes, there’s a Towel Day! May 25th!

      I use an app called Tally Track for the iPhone to keep track of my reading stats. You can make it keep track of anything you’re counting.

      The Bayou discussion is on May 20th at 6pm on Twitter, using the hashtag #BayouVol1. Please join us if you can!

  • Heather, reading all that in May is such a huge task. I’m more than impressed. I am still struggling with my Oliver Twist this May and well one or two literature books that I’m reading along with my son to help him analyze them for his Eng Lit class. All the best. 🙂

  • You had a good month ! I loved Rebecca, it is one of my favourite books. Goodluck with your list of books for May 🙂

  • Yay to Rebecca!

  • How are you able to keep track of the amout of pages you read in a day?

    • I use an app on my iPhone called Tally Track. You can track anything you want to. It’s really cool.

  • 14 books and 24,000 pages in one month!? You’re insane!!