In the month of April I completed 7 books which I find pretty good considering only two of them were graphic novel/comic trades.
At the very beginning of the month I finished Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. This was her first published work/short story collection and the first of her stuff that I have read. Figures that I would love it. I had started it in January after getting it for Christmas and it was lovely to dip in and out of over the last few months. Since finishing this I have picked up her other two books. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is Karen’s second short story collection and Swamplandia! is her only full length novel and just happens to be a continuation of the first story in St. Lucy’s. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Next, I finished Cress the third book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These are just so fun to read and pretty excellent retellings. I know it would make sense to move on to Winter right after, especially since I have it on my Nook. However, I want to savor this series a little bit longer. Winter will come in time.
I’m rereading Harry Potter with my friends for our book club and this month we read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I don’t think I’ve read this book in over 10 years so this was a fun reread. I love how neatly Rowling connects every aspect of this story from start to finish, even more so than the three books before this. What is there to say? I love Harry Potter, it’s the bomb.com.
The next three books I read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon so I will keep my thoughts short. My friend leant me All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven back in September. It’s her old ARC from working at a bookstore and she thought I’d love it. Well, she was right and now I can feel good returning the book to its rightful owner.
Then I read two comic trade paperbacks I enjoy, A-Force Volume 0 and Rat Queens Volume 3. I started A-Force last summer when it first came out and this was a good chance for me to catch up. Rat Queens has been one of my favorite runs to follow and this volume was as excellent as I had hoped.
Finally, I finished The Princess and the Goblin, a book I’ve had for YEARS. Kind of a shame that I didn’t read it a long time ago. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I still love it. This is also a favorite book of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, two writers I enjoy. I could definitely see how this book influenced Lewis and Tolkien’s writing, at least for their children’s books.
I have a couple books I’m still reading into May and with two readathons in the first half of the month it will be busy. Let me know what you’re reading, and if you’ve read any of these let me know what your thought.