Sunday, May 2

April Wrap-Up

It's May already? Where is the time going, seriously? The year is zipping right by. So for this month it was a good month in some ways, I still didn't get to read as many books as I would have liked, but with the job I have now, where I read through files all day preparing them for archiving, well coming home I'm sometimes to tired to read much. I've read 33 books so far this year which is great, but I was hoping to be up around the 42 mark by now, still I'm happy. (EDIT: After looking at the books I bought er, followed me home and came into my mailbox etc. I'm going to need multiple coffees, a time machine and a time stopping machine to read them all. And new bookshelves and house to store them all!)

Books Read
This month I read five books. And this is the first month, where I've had books where all of them were really well done. Some I liked better than others, but this month was an excellent month for book choices. One book made me think more, and sort of made my brain hurt, in a good way. But a good month for book choices.

1) The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - 9/10
2) A Thread of Sky by Deanne Fei - 8.5/10
3) The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows- 9/10
4) Surfacing by Margaret Atwood - 7.5/10
5) Molly Withers and the Golden Tree - Kent Allan Rees - 8/10

My favourite book of the month is a tie between the Postmistress and The Guernsey and Potato Peel Society. Oddly enough both take place in the WWII era.

Challenges Completed

This month I completed two more challenges! Yah! But not the two I was hoping too complete, but still completing a challenge is always a great thing. So far of the 40 challengs I've participating in, I've completed four, and dropped out of one. So I'm now participating in 39 challenges.

Historical Fiction Challenge - Completed on April 3, 2010 (Hosted by Royal Reviewers)
For this Challenge I read six books. Click the link (challenge name) to see my list. I enjoyed the challenge, although I didn't branch out to far into the historical fiction genre as much as I thought, I stuck to my comfort zones, but I do have some histrorical fiction books outside my usual preference coming my way soon.

Wish I Read that Challenge
- Completed on April 18, 2010 (Hosted by Royal Reviewers)
For this challenge I read twelve books. Click the link on the challenge name to see my list. This was a fun challenge, but also one that can be dangerous, as there are so many books that I Wish I Read - I can see this challenge reaching high amounts. Also I found that many books I wish I had read, I didn't enjoy as much. Wishing to high perhaps?

Challenges I'm Stepping Down From
I hate "quiting" challenges, but there is one I started last year, so its a 2009 - 2010 challenge it finishes July 31, but I know I won't finish it. This one restricts you reading a lot more - Random Reading Challenge, where you do a random pick using a number generator to pick the book for you basically. The problem is I can usually randomly pick a book up and fit it into the challenges I'm doing, or find a book that is for a certain challenge and find it fits with a lot of others, but this one you don't pick the book, its up to chance, and I know I might not enjoy some books as I might normally have, because some books you just need to be in the mood for, so I'm stepping down. So now I've quit two challenges this month. So currently participating in 38 (plus 4 mini challenges so 42 in total) challenges. 4 of which I've completed. (Although I'm joining two - three more challenges or thinking of it.)

On-Going Challenges
I'm well on my way to completing a few more challenges. 4 challenges only need one more book to read to complete it. So I think I should be able to do that this month. Especially considering two books that can complete two of the challenges are currently sitting on the shelf from the Library.

Read 'n' Review - 33 Books
Pages Read - 9, 342/50,000

1st in a Series Challenge - 2/3
2nd's Challenge - 4/6
10/10 Challenge - 33/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 1/3
100+ Challenge - 33/100
451 Reading Challenge - 0/7
A - Z Challenge - 24/52
All About the Brontes Challenge - 1/3
Bibilophilic Challenge - 2/6
Canadian Challenge the 3rd - 6/13
Centuries Challenge - 1/3
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Chunkster Challenge - 0/4
Countdown Challenge - 22/55
Decades Challenge - 2/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fantasy Challenge - 1/6
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 11/12
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 3/6
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 1/4
Reading Western Europe Challenge - 5/12
RYOB Challenge - 7/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 25/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 0/3
Typically British Challenge - 5/6
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 1/5
What's in a Name? III - 5/6
Women Unbound Challenge - 3/8 (I moved up a level on this challenge)

Mini Challenges

George Eliot Mini Challenge - 0/2
Elizabeth Glaskell Mini Challenge - 1/2
Leo Tolsty Mini Challenge - 0/2
French Revolution Challenge - 0/2
Wilkie Collins Challenge - 1/2

Link for all Mini Challenges Here

Completed Challenges 4/42

Countries Visited:
This month I only visited one new country, but I just realized last month I said I visited Belguim through my reading, but it was Bosnia. I have been to both, but last month it was a Bosnia reading adventure. So I just thought I'd add that.

visited 31 states (13.7%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Books that Followed me Home or Came into my mailbox

I'm almost scared to list this. As I bought way to many books this month (is there such thing?)

Books Bought
1) Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
2) Bitten by Kelly Armstrong
3)Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (Used Book Store)
4) Adam Bebe - George Eliot (Used Book Store)
5)The Pathfinders by James Fenimore Cooper (Used Book Store)
6)Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain (Used Book Store)
7)We by Eugene Zamiatan (Used Bookstore)
8)Nights Below Station Street (Used Bookstore)
9)For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down by David Adam Richards (Used Bookstore)
10)Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
11)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
12)Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
13)Fire in the Blood - Irene Nemervosky
14)Passage to India - E.M Forester
15)The Tin Flute - Gabriel Roy (Used Bookstore)
16)A Bird in the House - Margaret Lawrence (Used Bookstore)
17)Fire Dwellers - Margaret Lawrence (Used Bookstore)
18)Just of God - Margaret Lawrence (Used Bookstore)
19)Blade of Grass - DeSot
21)School of Essential Ingrediants
22)My Antonia - Willa Cather
23)Purple Hibiscus
24)Winter Vault
25)Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
26)Stone Carvers - Jane Urquheart (Used Bookstore)
27)Atlas Shrugged
28) Thirty Acres - Ringuet
29) Little Alters Everywhere - Rebecca Wells
30) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
31) Tipperary - Frank Delaney
32) Liberty - Kimberly Iverson
33) Tales From Firozsha Baag -
34) Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
35) Molly Withers and the Golden Tree - Kent Allen Rees (Signed)
36) Feathered Serpent - Xu Xiaobin
37) Petals from the Sky - Mingmei Yip
38) Valmiki's Daughter - Shani Mootoo
39) And the Angels Sang -Lorina Stephens (Signed)
40) Shadow Song - Loriana Stephens (Signed)
41) The Gurensey and Potato Peel Pie Society
42) Good to Fault (signed and will talk about later)

In My Mailbox (includes Online purchases, Bookmooch and review books)
1) Mistress of Rome(Review Book)
2)The Outlander (Signed)(didn't mention on blog)
3) The Heart Specialist (didn't mention on blog)
4) Ya-Yas in Bloom (bookmooch)
5) 1001 Books you Must Read Before You Die
6) Taming of the Shrew
5) Three Cups of Tea
6) The Thrall's Tale (Bookmooch)
7) About a Boy(Bookmooch)
8) The Reader (Bookmooch)
9)War on the Margins by Libby Cone (Review Book)
10) A Sicilian Romance - Ann Rancliffe
12) Oroonoko and Other Writings - Aphra Behn
13) The Female Quixote - Charlotte Lennox
14) Cecilia - Fanny Burney
15) Belinda - Maria Edgeworth

OMG! To many books. To many! Lol!


  1. Ironically, I found the Random Reading challenge to be so refreshing, espeically as I got to choose the to-pick-from piles myself! :)

  2. Congrats on all your accomplishments for April. I cannot believe that it is May already!

  3. Amanda - I probably should have organized my self a little better with the challenge and divide the TBR list up to smaller piles. I'm glad you ha a better experience with it though.

    Serena - Thanks. I know huh? Where did Jan - April go?