Sunday, May 6

TSS - April Wrap-Up!

It's the first Sunday in May, and I actually have the time to write my monthly Wrap-Up  post! Bet of all, it's only been 6 days into the next month! So I figure, what better way to spend my Sunday morning!?

April was a much busier month for me, but I was able to get a lot of reading done, attend a fantastic book event, participated in the 24 hour read-a-thon, and I even finished a challenge! So it was a successful month for me. I'm still slightly behind my personal reading goal, but I think I'll be caught up and back on track soon. I have my "library" partially assembled. It still needs a lot of work, but almost all of my books are up - the rest are stacked into piles, because I ran out of shelves. Opps! But not a bad month

The Books

I managed to read ten books this month, half were print, while the other half were EBooks. I never thought I'd read as many EBooks as I have been, but since I bought an E-reader (Kobo/IPad) I've read a lot more than I thought - it's far more convenient for me to bring one to work or on the commute. My favourite book this month was  Fall on Your Knees, I highly recommend this book! Song of the Silk Road was also a great book worth noting. My least favourite was The Book Borrower, followed by Requiem for a Dream.

1.       Agassiz Stories -Sandra Birdsell - 7.25/10
4.       My Antonia - WillaCarther - 7.5/10
6.       Pigong - Frank Delaney - 8.25/10
7.       The Return of theSoldier - 6.5/10
7.       Fall on Your Knees -Anne-Marie MacDonald - 9.5/10

The Challenges

This month, I completed one challenge, War Through the Generations - WWI Challenge, reading 3/3 books. I thought about moving onto the next level in the challenge, because I did have a few books that would meat it's requirements, but I've participated in this challenge multiple times, and I never finish it. Nor can I guarantee I'll actually get to the books meant for the challenge, which was my biggest problem in the past there just isn't enough time to read all the books I want! So I'm calling it a win for me! This marks the third challenge I've completed so far this year.  I'm also well on my way to finishing some other challenges. I'll likely have the EBook Challenge finished by the end of May, it's also one I could move up a level or two, which I may do, I'll see how I am doing in the other challenges when I finish it and see what I can manage. I'm happy with my progress in the challenges so far, although I need to get moving with the series challenge, I have barely scratched the surface in that one, and  4 of the 6 remaining books are all close to 600 pages or more. So I need to read those books.  But challenges are looking great so far!

Completed Challenges

On-Going Challenges

12 in 12 - 37/144 - 26% Complete
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 0/3 - 0% Complete (1 book read from series one)
Ireland Reading Challenge 2012 - 3/6 - 50% Complete
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 11/50 - 22% Complete
New Authors Reading Challenge 2012 - 17/50 - 34% Complete
Short Stories Reading Challenge 2012 - 4/12 - 33% Complete
Speculative Reading Challenge 2012 - 5/24 - 21% Complete

Countries Visited

This month I travelled to Canada, USA, Ireland, Scotland, China and the Pegasus Galaxy. Not only am I world traveller this month, but I expanded my travels to the universe!

Bookish Events

Near the begining of April I went to Ad Astra click here if you would like to read about my time there. It was a great convention, and I will be back next year. I also participated in the 24 hour readathon. I wasn't as active in it as I was in previous years, but it gave me a chance to catch up in some well deserved RRR (rest, relax and reading time :)).

Books That Followed Me Home

About 16 books followed me home this month. Many of which came home with me during the Ad Astra convention - but those books forced me to take them home! I mean they jumped into my arms and refused to leave, until I paid the nice people who sold the book. Bad Books!

1) Turtle Valley - Gail Anderson-Dargartz - EBook
2) Destiny's Fall - Marie Bilodeau
3) Survival - Julie Czerneda
4) Pigsong - Frank Delaney - EBook
5) Underground - June Hutton - EBook
6) The Newspaper of Claremont Street - Elizabeth Jolley - EBook (I saw this book mentioned in Buried in Print's 24hr readathon post, and it looked interesting so I grabbed a copy)
7) Sailing to Sarantium - Guy Gavriel Kay
8) Lord of Emperors - Guy Gavriel Kay
9) The Whiskey Rebels: - A Novel - David Liss - EBook
10) The Floating Islands - Rachel Neumeier
11) Fighting Gravity - Leah Petersen
12) Ru - Kim Thúy
13) You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down - Alice Walker EBook
14) When the Hero Comes Home
15) Evolve Two - Vampire Stories of the Future Undead
16) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - EBook

And that was my April! I can't believe the year is a third of the way over! It's flying right by! But it's been a good reading year for me so far, I hope it's been the same for you! Happy Reading!


  1. Congrats on finishing a challenge! With plenty of time to spare. And what a lot of great additions to your shelves (virtual and otherwise). I'm really hoping that you'll enjoy (um, that might be the wrong word) the Elizabeth Jolley novel; between this and Miss Peabody's Inheritance she is angling towards my Must Read Everything list. But I'll read one more before I decide. She reminds me of Muriel Spark, with a sort of sharpness (which was completely unexpected in TNofCS, though I should have seen it coming, maybe) that isn't quite comfortable for all that it really feels "true".

    1. Thank you! If Jolley is angling towards your must read everything list, than the book should be a good one and a good author too. Is your list of authors where you must read everything growing as much as mine?

  2. I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my brand new monthly series called “Books You Love”. The idea is for people to link up posts about a book they loved – it doesn’t have to be one they just posted about. It could be an old fave. I am hoping we will end up with a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved May Edition