April Wrap Up

April!

In April I read 10 books for a total of 3,339 pages and an average of 111 pages per day. I had an excellent month and thoroughly enjoyed most of my reads, most notably Gone with the Wind. Woof! After 2 months I finally finished that wonderful beast (and yet last month I still read more pages).

Reviewed:

Piratica III: The Family Sea by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: Finally Art Blastside went upstairs to see her child.

Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank
First Sentence: “Guys, we should go in.”

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
First Sentence: Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.

A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson
First Sentence: Propped on the flour-dusted stand, the Book of Common Magic looked as innocent as the ordinary cookbooks tucked behind it.

Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh
First Sentence: It seems like there should be some sort of introduction to this.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
First Sentence: Here’s the scene: It’s Thursday evening, and the Signalman sits smoking and nursing a flat Diet Dr. Pepper, allowing himself to breathe a stingy sigh of relief as twilight finally, mercifully comes crashing down on the desert.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
First Sentence: It was dusk – winter dusk.

Saga vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

Reviews to come:

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
First Sentence: Although I hadn’t been shot at for years, it took me a long time to understand that the bang wasn’t artillery.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
First Sentence: Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity – Good.

May Wrap Up

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May!

This month I read 9 books for a total of 3,079 pages and an average of 99 pages per day! I’m really happy with my stats this month, and more importantly I really enjoyed almost all of the books I picked up! I was especially enamored with The Wild Robot and Alias Hook!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
First Sentence: The exorcist is dead.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
First Sentence: Micah brought the music box to her on the night of the meteor storm.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
First Sentence: “Did you see what happened?”

Sung in Shadow by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “And do you not know, then?”

Risuko by David Kudler
First Sentence: My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
First Sentence: Our story begins on the ocean, with with and rain and thunder and lighting and waves.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
First Sentence: Second star to the right of what?
Notable Quote: “Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. This is the best of life.”

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
First Sentence: I sat up high, oak branch ‘tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
First Sentence: Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.
Notable Quotes: “Kissing looks like too much of someone else’s dental hygiene if you ask me.”
“Our mother used to have mystery under her skin, and we paid not the slightest attention.”
“…it’s still frightening when the things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known.”

April Wrap Up

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April!

In April I read 7 books for a total of 1,982 pages and an average of 66 pages per day. Considering I was finishing up planning my wedding, I’m very happy with these numbers.

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
First Sentence: If I’m still in this forest by nightfall, I’ll never leave it again.

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Kreuger
First Sentence: It was another Friday night, not that it mattered to Officer Jim Regan of the Chicago PD.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Don’t Cry Tai Lake by Qiu Xiaolong
First Sentence: Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau found himself standing in front of the gate to the Wuxi Cadre Recreation Center.

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
First Sentence: The air was full of ice the night Sarah’s mother packed all her bags and walked out.
Notable Quote: “She looks like the kind of woman who would put arsenic in the soup and tenderly nurse someone to death, spoonful by spoonful.”

Symbiont by Mira Grant
First Sentence: The recording is substandard, clearly done on a cellular telephone or cheap tablet, rather than any form of professional camera.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

October Wrap Up

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October!

This month I only read 6 books, for a total of 1,496 pages and an average of 48 pages per day. This is the least amount of pages I’ve read in a month, however, I’ve now read over 100 books this year, so I’m well on my way to meet my 110 book goal!

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio
First Sentence: Warren the 13th tiptoed across the roof of the Warren Hotel, and the old slate tiles clattered like bones.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “It has now been more than eight months since the girl went missing.”

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
First Sentence: At the height of the long wet summer of the seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Theifmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.
Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: On the hilltop above the harbor stands the huge square building that used to be the barracks for the Turkish army, but is now home to Hell on Earth.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “Mister Sherlock, I’m that glad to see you, I am, and that obliged…”
Notable Quote: “You cannot be a mother without first being a person; family, husband and children should not be allowed, as is so often the case, to steal a woman’s selfhood and her dreams.”

Saga vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

September Wrap Up

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September!

In  September I read 8 books for a total of 2,280 pages and an average of 76 pages per day. I read four review books this month, and while two of them were incredibly disappointing (terrible really), I enjoyed the other two. Also, I’ve read 95 books so far this year and only need to read 15 more to meet my goal! Granted, I haven’t made as much progress reading my old books, as I’ve only read 19 of the 40 book goal I set for myself (old books being anything not purchased within the last 6 months or so).

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
First Sentence: Charlie Asher walked the Earth like an ant walks on the surface of water, as if the slightest misstep might send him plummeting through the surface to be sucked to the depths below.
Notable Quote: “Most of us don’t live our lives with one, integrated self that meets the world, we’re a whole bunch of selves.”

Yolo Juliet by Brett Wright
First Sentence: Mornin’, cuz!

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
First Sentence: 1. Congratulations, you have been chosen to act as Death, it’sa dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick
First Sentence: A brass mechanical elephant strides towards me, glinting gold in the amber setting sun.

Solarversia by Toby Downton
First Sentence: The minute Nova Negrahnu heard about Solarversia she wa convinced she was going to love it with ever ounce of her being.

The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris
First Sentence: Contemporary culture has embraced superheroes in a major way.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “We would not be in this deplorable situation,” declares the younger and taller of the two men in the small club-room, “if you had not tried to bully her into boarding school!”

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: Lunatics have no common sense, thinks the matron, but then, that’s what deranges the faculties, isn’t it, lack of common sense?

This month I didn’t really feel that any of the books I read fit my remaining challenge requirements. Though I almost pegged Lumeiere with “a book with bad reviews,” really, any book in the history of forever has bad reviews and Lumiere has a pretty high average on Amazon and Goodreads. I also almost put Yolo Juliet for my play…

December and 2014 Wrap Up

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December!

In December I read 4 books, for a total of 2,542 pages and an average of 83 pages per day. One of these was a review book and 1,439 of the total pages came from The Stand, which I’m surprised I was able to finish before the end of the year.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Notable Quotes:
“Even though adults were tall, what we knew about anything, including ourselves, was small.”
“It’s a terrible thing to lie. It’s a field you keep seeding and watering and plowing, but nothing will ever grow on it.”
“The bad things that happen to you don’t have to mean anything at all.”

I Am Sophie Tucker by Susan Lloyd Ecker

Dancers Among Us by Jordan Matter

The Stand by Stephen King
Notable Quote:
“Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.”

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Another year has come to a close, and this has been the fourth year that I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read and stats related to that. I really enjoy tracking my progress like this and I think it’s something I’ll continue for a long time. Here’s what I’ve got from 2014:

  • Read 103 books
  • A total of 33,048 pages
  • Averaged 8.7 books per month
  • Averaged 2,754 pages per month
  • Averaged 91 pages per day
  • Most books read in May
  • Most pages read in February

This is the first year that most books read and most pages read weren’t the same month. For 2013 and 2012, I also read 103 books, and when I started all this in 2011, I read 104 books. For 2015 I’ve set my Goodreads goal for 110 books (if you want to friend me, I’m here), though honestly, anything over 100 is awesome. I’ve also set up a goal with one of the groups I belong to, to read 40 books from those I already own, rather than any new ones I purchase this year.

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I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, book-filled 2014, and I hope that 2015 brings even more books your way! Did you meet your goals for last year or set any new bookish goals this year?

September Wrap Up

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September!

In Satrapi September I read 8 books for a total of 1,910 pages and an average of 64 pages per day. Two of these were review books and four of them were actually graphic novels, so not a lot of heavy reading this month.

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Sand by Hugh Howey

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

A Time of Omens by Katharine Kerr

Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
Notable Quote:
“Life is the same. We give meaning to life based on our point of view.”

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin