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April 2012 Recap

Somehow, the month of April has come and gone. It was a slow reading month for me, but I knew that my superhero (for me) reading powers would weaken over time. While I did devote a few days to a book I didn’t end up finishing (a case of right book at the wrong time), that wasn’t the key to my lower numbers in April. In this case, I think I’ve overextended myself with Armchair Audies, what I’m planning for the Listener’s List, Shaken, Not Stirred, and my other print and audiobook obligations. In that April was a good learning experience for me. I firmly intend to host the Armchair Audies every year and I’ll know for the next time around to limit any other bookish commitments I make in April and May.

The good news is that I enjoyed each and every one of the books and audiobooks I did finish in April. I had been growing weary of James Bond over the past few months and I’m happy to report that I found Thunderball to be rejuvinating in every way. Despite getting a work call close to 10pm on Shaken, Not Stirred night and having a faulty Blue Ray, the Thunderball edition of that challenge was my favorite of them all thus far. Here are the books I finished in April:

Emily and Einstein
The Gods of Gotham
The Last Romanov
Thunderball
Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
In One Person
The Silence of Trees

Even more so than reading, April was a very slow review month. I won’t complain about only publishing five reviews because I spent a good deal of the month with other fun book bloggish things. I announced my first listen-a-long featuring The Silence of Trees, hosted a read-a-long featuring Accidents of Providence, posted an Armchair Audies progress report, and got the Listener’s List off to a roaring start by asking readers to vote for their favorite male and female narrators. I have big plans for the Listener’s List and the level of interest by both readers and narrators was thrilling. Here are the books I reviewed in April:

Angelina’s Bachelors
State of Wonder
The Underside of Joy
The Starboard Sea
No One in the World

From the books I read and reviewed in April, my favorites were:

 

My biggest news in April actually happened on the very last day. I entered Random House’s #RH300K content on Twitter. They were excited to reach 300,000 followers. Monday morning, I discovered that I was one of the three $300 gift certificate winners! I don’t think the reality set in until I received the gift certificate in my email last night. I stayed up way too late working on a Pinterest board for exploring my options. I’d love any suggestions you might have. I know that there is an amazing amount of excellent books out there waiting to be read.

Here’s to a fantastic May!

5 Comments

  • At 2012.05.02 11:55, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    Woo hoo!! Congratulations on such a fantastic win!! You’ll have to let us know what you spend your gift certificate on.

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    • At 2012.05.02 12:32, Anita said:

      I didn’t know about the $300 winner!! Wow! I’ve been out of the look. Can’t wait to hear what you spend it on.
      I had a slow month too, hoping for a better May.

      • At 2012.05.02 17:20, Marg said:

        Wow! Awesome prize. Hope you have fun making your choices!

        • At 2012.05.03 12:07, Debbie Rodgers said:

          You have a great selection on your Pinterest board: Mark Haddon, Matthew Pearl, The Uninvited Guests (yes – it looks fabulous!) and so on. Too bad you don’t live close enough to loan them out when you’re done. Congrats on the win!

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          • At 2012.05.12 12:13, Rachel said:

            Congrats on winning the gift certificate – how fun!

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