Sunday, May 12

April 2013 - Wrap Up!

April is gone, May is almost half way through - where is the time going? This month wasn't my best of reading months. I didn't read a lot of good books and I've been having trouble find something to really grab me. I really hope May is a better month for the quality of books.

The Books

This month, I seemed to be in a bit of a reading rut. There wasn't anything that grabbed my attention or impressed me. Most of what I read was average or worse. A couple of books shone through, but most didn't. To make things worse, because of this little rut I seem to be in, I've been finding it difficult to pick my next read - slightly unsure exactly what it will take to get me back on track. My favourite books this month were Winter Well and River of Stars. My least favourite was Tales From Firozsha Baag.

1. River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay (Review Book) - 7.75/10
2. The Other Sister - Lola Lemire Tostevin - 4/10
3. Four Dragons - Diana Dru Botsford - 7/10
4. Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Minstry - 3/10
5. King Leary - Paul Quarrington - 4/10
6. Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women - Various (Review Book) - 8.25/10
7. The Perfect Circle - Pascale Quiviger - 4/10
8. Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang - 5.5/10
9. Quentins - Maeve Binchy - 6.75/10
10. Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung - 7.25/10
11. The Black Cloister - Melanie Dobson - 6.5/10


The Challenges

I'm still fairly happy with my progress on the challenges. I do need to focus more on certain categories in the category challenge - or I'll be in some trouble at the end of the year. The same goes with the Series Challenge. Otherwise, everything is right on track.

1. 100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 43/100 -43%
2. 2013 Category Challenge - 40/131 - 30%
3. 777 Challenge - 3/7 - 43%
4. Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 25/52 - 48%
5. E-Book Challenge 2013 - 20/50 - 40%
6. Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 0/4 (Series), 1/7 (Books) - 0%
7. Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 4/10 - 40%
8. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 3/12 - 25%
9. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 23/75 - 31%
10. Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge 2013 - 3/5 - 60%
11. New Author Challenge 2013 - 27/50 - 54%
12. Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 1/5 - 20%
13. War Through the Generations Challenge 2013 (American Revolutionary War) - 1/3 - 33%
14. 50 Book Pledge - 43/100 - 43%


Countries Visited

This month on my reading adventures, I visited. Germany, North Korea, India, China, Canada, Ireland





Create your own travel map - TravBuddy


Books That Followed Me Home

The Odds: A Love Story - Peter O'Nan
The River - Cheryl Kay Tardif
Beautiful Days: Two Novellas - Teng Xiaolan
Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women (Anthology)


Have a Happy May!


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