Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Wrap Up

Jeez, April was not a good reading month for me!  Work was super crazy and training for the half marathon kept me really busy so I definitely didn't read very much this month.  I also kind of hit a blogging slump so my posts haven't been as regular as usual.  I even missed my blogoversary on April 19!  Numbers wise, I only read 8 books this month which brings my total for the year to 45.  I don't think I have read so few books in a month in a really long time.  I did make progress on all of my challenges so I am pretty happy about that.  I also met one of my goals for the year by completing my first half marathon.  So the month wasn't a total waste...except all the time I had to spend at my sucky job.

I am kind of mad at myself because I haven't been doing a very good job of reading books I own.  At the beginning of the year, I had 81 books on my shelves that I needed to read.  As of today, I have read 11 of them.  This isn't very good.  I am trying not to buy books until I have read 75% of the books I own.  This means 61 books so I still have 50 books to go.  I think I am going to move to a plan where every other book I read will be one of my shelf.  The other can be a library book, ebook or galley.  Hopefully next month, my numbers will be a little bit better.

I finally gave in and purged my bookshelves a bit.  I took around 30 books to Half Priced Books and got a little bit of cash for them.  I love seeing full bookshelves but the thought of moving a bunch of books this summer (in Kansas heat no less) makes me cringe.  There are more books I plan to get rid of before August but at least this is a start.

Without further ado, here is what I read in April:

1.) The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas
2.) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
3.) Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
4.) A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
5.) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
6.) The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
7.) The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
8.) Catherine the Great:  Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

How did you do in April?  Did you hit any goals or did you have a slow month too?

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