Book of the month
I’ve already gushed a quite bit about Catherine O’Flynn’s What Was Lost. It’s funny, clever, totally unpredictable and utterly gorgeous. Read it (or listen if you can, the narration is wonderful too). My favourite book of the year so far.
In any other month I think the Ariana Franklin book I read would have scored book-of-the-month honours.
Books read this month
Just Because (i.e. not for a challenge)
- C J Box – Open Season (3.5 stars)
- Alafair Burke – Dead Connection (2.5 stars) (no review)
- Sheila Connolly – Rotten to the Core (2.5 stars) (no review)
- Martin Edwards – The Hanging Wood (4 stars)
- Helen Grant – The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (3 stars)
- Jon Loomis – High Season (3.5 stars) Audio
- Catherine O’Flynn – What Was Lost ( 5 stars) Audio
- Vanda Symon – Bound (4 stars)
- Martin Walker – Bruno, Chief of Police (4 stars)
Aussie Authors Challenge (6 read, 6 to go)
Eastern European Challenge (2 read, 2 to go)
- Sam Eastland – Eye of the Red Tsar (2.5 stars) (Audio)
Global Challenge (7 read, 7 to go)
- Nick Brownlee – Bait (2.5 stars) (Audio)
Historical Fiction Challenge (3 read, 2 to go)
- Ariana Franklin – Relics of the Dead (4.5 stars)
Toppling that TBR
My overall challenge for this year is to reduce the number of books I have on hand to read from 200 (as at 1 January 2011) to 80. Progress has been, to say the least, slow but I’m at least heading in the right direction now with my TBR standing at 180 at the end of April (I had a bit of a cull of books I know I’ll never read as well as reading more from books I already own). Only 100 books to go 🙂
To help me further I’m planning to follow the challenge found by José Ignacio from The Game’s Afoot in which you have to list and read 6 books from your TBR before you can buy a new book. I’ll at least do this for my print books (I tend to buy audio ones as I need them) (which is of course what I should do with all my formats). I’ve also made some changes to the way I manage my wishlist. Hope to report positive progress next month.
Books acquired this month
I did acquire 12 books in April but I have already read 6 of those (mostly audio books, as I only ever have 1 or 2 unread audio books in reserve) and another is the one which gave me a tingly feeling when I knew it was being released and I’m reading it right now. So there are only 5 books which will sit on TBR pile for a spell which is a marked improvement on previous months. These new ones that I’ve yet to read are set in England, Finland, Australia, Cambodia and Brazil…what a trip I’ve got coming up.
What’s up for May?
I’ll finish Caleb’s Crossing then I’ll pluck these from the TBR (promise)
Chart of the Month
I’ve culled my TBR of a few books that had been hanging around for years but you can see from this chart that nearly 40% of my books have been on the shelves for longer than 18 months. If I don’t read these this year they’re all going to a charity shop.
What about you? Read anything remarkable in April? Got something you’re particularly looking forward to in May? How are you going with any reading challenges that you’re participating in or have set for yourself?