Saturday, May 7

April Wrap-Up!

And now it's May! Is it just me, or is this year just flying by? This month wasn't my best reading month, I do admit, but I did get to go to very fun book event at the beginning of the month, lasting most of the weekend. But I'll explain more about that later in the post.

The Books

This month I only managed to read five books. Which isn't bad, but it's not great. I was hoping to average 9 - 10 books a month. But ah well, there's still plenty of time to get caught up. This month may have had less books, but overall they were all good books. My favourite was Purple Hibiscus, my least favourite was Blindness, but I'd still recommend it to read, even if it isn't on my favourite list

The Challenges

I still feel I have a good handle on all my reading challenges. I should be finished the New Author Challenge by the end of the month. And I predict one either the Fantasy or Sci-Fi/Futeristic Challenge will
be finished within the next month or two as well. The challenges that have me worried the
most are War through the Generations and Take a Chance. But I'll will try my best, and see what surprised are in-store for me.

This month, I visited Canada, England, and The United States. Also for the first time Nigeria and Portugal - although Blindness doesn't state that's where it is, I thought it could count, as it was original written in Portuguese - and some things I found on the internet seemed to indicate that was the setting.

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Bookish Events - Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a literary bookish event focused on genres such as Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Paranormal/Horror. It's hosted each year in Toronto Ontario, and filled with things that make any book junkie like my self drool. The event had everything from Panels - which were really well done. I sat in a couple, and really enjoyed them. One in particular was the Medieval Fantasy to it's evolution to what we see now. Some interesting
opinions in that one (I'd love to share more, but it was a month ago).

The event also had author readings, I managed to sit on two of them. Julie Czerenda and Guy Gavriel Kay. Both were well done. Thanks to Julie Czerenda's reading, I'm not reading and almost finished one of her books. She had a fantastic personality, and is a great author. Guy Gavriel Kay also did a phenomenal job, left me hanging, but did a phenomenal job (I have since bought the book). I do feel bad, I was very tired that day (Saturday) - the room was packed tight, and it was very hot, and I was trying my hardest not to doze off. It wasn't his reading, It ws just everything else. To make matters worse, I was in the front row. Sorry Mr. Kay, it really wasn't you! May I suggest a coddler room next time? ;)

I also sat in the Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon panel. The authors were great to see, and it was a very fun panel. I've read one book by Mercedes Lackey - a novella but I really enjoyed it. I've been reading to read more by her (so many have recommend her to me). Now I have my chance, as at the end of the Panel we all got some nice swag! Two Books - nice surprise for me. Got them signed too! The books are "Foundation - The Collegium Chronicles" - which I think may be part of series, so I'll have to see if it can be read as a stand alone or not.
The second is Gwenhwyfar - which I hope to start reading soon - this book looks to have a lot of promise.

Another panel was about a horror Anthology called Chilling Tales - Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live - Edited by Michael Kelly. (Cover image above). I also scooped up a book from this, so we'll have to see how things go. Something tells me I won't be reading this book late at night when I'm home alone.

The event also had Book Launches. I never made it to the one I wanted, by Saturday evening I was whipped, so I went home. The launch was for Triptych by J.M. Frey. Lucky for me the author will be at another convention later this summer, so I still have time to get my hands on the book, and all that.

Finally author signings. Oh I was happy about this, but it was not meant to be. When I went to buy the two books, by the two authors I wanted to meet, they were sold out of one (Guy Gavriel Kay's) and the second Julie Czerneda, where I managed to get my hands on one of her books, from an independent book store, I may visit soon. I was all excited, on my way to the signing area, and getting the book all ready to be signed. I was almost there ..... and it was already signed. DOH! (At least I realized that BEFORE I went in and asked for it.)

But despite a few pitfalls, I had a blast, and can't wait until next year!

Books that Followed me Home

1) Small Magics - Eric Buchanan (Purchased at Ad Astra - met the author too)
2) Cold Magics - Eric Buchanan (Purchased at Adstra)
3) Chilling Tales - Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live - Edited by Michael Kelly (Ad Astra)
4) Foundation - The Collegium Chronicles - Mercedes Lackey (Ad Astra)
5) Gwenhwyfar - Mercedes Lackey (Ad Astra)
6) A Thousand Words for Stranger - Julie Czerenda (Ad Astra)
7) One Amazing Thing - Chitra Divakaruni
8) Wake - Robert J. Sawyer
9) The Lost - Book Two of the Legacy Series
10) Nostromo - Joseph Conrad**
11) The Bostonians - Henery James**
12) The Mill on the Floss**

** These three books are part of the Premier Classics set I own. Last year I bought the entire set of 51 titles, now there are 60. So I'm "updating" my collection. You can go to this post to see what I mean

And that was April. I really do wish I had more time to comment on your blogs, I do intend to, it's just that work and personal realtionships are a priority. And when I spend all day at work looking at a screen, its hard to do that when I get home. But I do appreciate all of you! Happy May!

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