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Month in Review: April 2011

We've had a beautiful April here in North Carolina, aside from all the tornado warnings and the damage that occurred a couple weeks ago just a few miles from here. In general, we've had a nice spring with warm weather and low humidity. And I've had a great month of reading!

Books Read in April: 10
I read a total of 10 books in April! Four were adult fiction:
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Serena by Ron Rash
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices
In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett

Two were memoirs:
The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
Moonwalking with Einstein by Josh Foer

Two were nonfiction/resource books: 
Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond
Complete Guide to Walt Disney World by Julie and Mike Neal

And two were middle grade fiction books:
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith
The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson

Reviews Written: 6
This month, I wrote six reviews. You can click on the links above to read them.
Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond
The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Complete Guide to Disney by Julie and Mike Neal
Serena by Ron Rash
Moonwalking with Einstein by Josh Foer

Spring Reading Thing Challenge
I've read five of the nine books I committed to read during the spring, so I'm doing pretty well on this one.

This month, I read 7 e-books on my Nook. That brings me to a total of 15 for the year, which means I completed this challenge! I only needed to read a total of 12 e-books in 2011. I'll try to update my challenge page this week.

I read one book for this challenge, Serena by Ron Rash, so I finally have one book competed for this challenge!

This month, I read books that took place in four different states, Washington DC and China. I also had a few that didn't really fit into a specific state or country. Here's where the books I read in April took place:
North Carolina
Washington state (2)
Washington DC
Unknown (3)
That brings me to 11 out of 50 states covered, plus 4 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

View My Book Retreat in a larger map

NetGalley Month
At the beginning of the month, Red House Books declared April as NetGalley Month, so I decided to participate and read and review as many NetGalley books as I could in April. I ended up reading five NetGalley books in April, which was pretty good. They were Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices, The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp, The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World by Julie and Mike Neal, Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith and The Mis-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna Peterson. I only reviewed The Girl's Guide and Aliens on Vacation so far.

Of course, as I focused on NetGalley, I ended up finding more books to read! So I still have two more to read and review: Made to Play! by Joel Henriques and The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen.


  1. Good month for reading!
    Happy May Reading!

  2. Thanks again for participating in NetGalley April :) You read some pretty cool books!

  3. Good work on the Where Are You Reading challenge! :)


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