I recently posted about being busy busy mentally, and how reading fits into that. It's just been that kind of month. I began with my Junior Lit Challenge, but decided to postpone the second half until May, so that I could take a break with some lengthier reads. There are books that I've wanted to read all year that I still haven't gotten to, and I'm thinking it will not happen in May either. In any case, I am reading good books, which is what counts.
13 Books Read in April: (49 year-to-date)
1 just for fun:
- A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (5)
4 for Challenges/Obligation:
- Watership Down, Richard Adams (4.5) [Read for my TBR Shelf Challenge]
- My Antonia, Willa Cather (4) [Read for my Willa Cather Challenge]
- Shanghai Girls, Lisa See (4ish) [Read as a precursor to my Book Club selection]
- An Invisible Sign of My Own, Aimee Bender (3.5) [Recommendation Obligation]
8 for my Junior Lit Challenge:
- Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson (3)
- Rascal, Sterling North (3.5)
- Princess Academy, Shannon Hale (4)
- Lincoln: A Photobiography, Russell Freedman (4.5)
- Mary, Bloody Mary, Carolyn Meyer (4)
- Catherine Called Birdy, Karen Cushman (3.5)
- Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo (4)
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken (3.5)
This month I read 4 books of 51 (17 year-to-date) for my various year-long challenges, as well as 6 of 10 for my Spring into Junior Lit challenge.
- TBR Shelf: Watership Down (7 more to go)
- Willa Cather: My Antonia (2 more to go)
- Newbery: Jacob Have I Loved and Lincoln: A Photobiography (3 more to go)
3 Current Reads:
- Dreams of Joy, Lisa See. I actually haven't started this one yet, need to finish it by next Monday night for Book Club.
- The Warden, Anthony Trollope. I get to pick the next book club book, and I warned them I wanted to pick a classic...I was considering Trollope but wanted to get an idea of his writing first. I may end up going with Thomas Hardy, since he seems to be loved by my group (&I've been meaning to read him anyhow).
- Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin. Highly recommended by you all as a follow up to the Lincoln Photobiography. This is a CHUNKSTER. Serious doorstop. Good so far (barely at p. 69) but it might be slow going for me considering all of my other goals. I may need to buy it, as I won't be surprised if my library time get used up before I'm halfway through.
On My Nightstand:
- I'm planning on finishing my Junior Lit in May, so that's 3 Newbery books & 4 others on my shelf.
- I borrowed Wildwood from the Library and I'd like to actually read it before sending it back.
- I have 3 books that have been on my nightstand for MONTHS that I don't feel like naming again. It makes me feel a bit guilty. But, yeah, I'd still like to get to those. We'll see how it goes.
- Other obligations: a couple ARCs, and all those other books on my challenge list...I'm itching to get back to them.
So many books, so little time. I'm in the same situation as you - there's so many books I want to read that I just can't get to them all.ReplyDelete
Enjoy Dreams of Joy, I thought it was a fitting sequel to Shanghai Girls.
13 books in April! Wow! I would probably read like 8 or 9! Great books you have on your post too! I read several of them and I liked some of them, but now I know what books to read next! (Though it may be a book that I wouldn't enjoy) (Just to let you know, I'm in 5th grade, in your brother, Eric Baland's class!)ReplyDelete
Oh, you have such lovely titles for books read in April! Love Because of Winn-Dixie, love Watership Down, and long to reread My Antonia since I read Cather's book Shadows on The Rock and was crazy about it. Somehow, I missed the beauty of My Antonia when I was required to read it in high school.ReplyDelete
Sam, I did enjoy Dreams of Joy! I'll hopefully be posting about it soon. I'm really glad that I read both of them. I think Shanghai allowed me to enjoy Dreams even more than I would have. I loved the historical aspect in Dreams.ReplyDelete
Jennifer, thanks for the comment! I love that you guys work on your own blogs. That brother of mine has some pretty good ideas. :) I'd highly recommend Because of Winn-Dixie, and my 6th grade daughter loved A Monster Calls (you should see if Eric's heard of that one!)
Bellezza, aren't those some of the heart-warmingest titles? The last 3 Cather titles I've read have been rereads, but all the rest will be first experiences - exciting! Willa Cather seems rather contemplative to be fully appreciated in high school, at least she would have been for me. Some things are just better with age. :)