Saturday, April 1, 2017

My month in review: March

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

My reading has been weird this month. First I went to Sales Conference for a week which meant that even though I was surrounded by publishers talking about books for 14 hours a day, I read almost nothing. A little on the plane, but I was pretty brain dead during the very little free time. Then I got home and I dove into a backlist promotion as I could get those books instantly from the library. As you'll see, I mostly am focusing on children's books for this. I don't count anything below solid middle-grade books as read books. (In addition to what I have listed below, I have read 18 picture books/beginner readers/early chapter books this month).

Finally I got my access to the Macmillan warehouses so I placed several large orders for ARCs and finished books. Lastly, I got my iPad so I can also read downloaded books even earlier than I can get ARCs. (I can even get early audio books!) And I built a new bookcase. I mean, duh, you saw that coming, right? Next month I will be reading books coming up in the fall, so you'll be getting a sneak peek, although I am way behind in my reviews as well.

Books completed this month:
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (audio)
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (audio)
Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander
Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions by Don L. Wulffson
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Malone Scott
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (audio)
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (audio)
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin (audio)
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People by Susan Orlean
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

What I acquired this month (non-work books):
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William Anderson

2 comments:

Lamadia S said...

Hey! I don't have a blog because I can only think of two people who would read it, but I like lists and organizing, so here's my month in review with different headings.

I've been all over the place with my reading this month. I've been having trouble finishing books, especially non-fiction, and last month I postponed my trip to Egypt from the spring to the fall, so after I finished the Egypt centered books I was reading already, I postponed starting others. I'm much more in the mood for easy fiction right now, but I'm a sucker for starting all sorts of books. I'm even still trying to finish books that I originally got for trips that are now completed.

Books That Are Stalled
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson - I'm still stalled on this one for ages now.
The Fires of Vesuvius - I'm only temporarily stalled on this one as I work on some fiction first.

Comics - Most of these are really me finishing the issues as they are released and I label them as the collected edition.
Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse
Midnighter and Apollo
Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

Books for Trips
The Curse of the Pharaohs (audio)
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest

TV and Movie spin-offs
Torchwood: Outbreak (audio)

Re-reads
Interview with the Vampire

The Rest
The Sense of an Ending
We Need To Talk About Kevin

Still Working On
How To Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs
The History of Science 1700-1900 (audio)
In Calabria
Olive Kitteridge

Kathryn T said...

I can understand being at a busy conference and being too brain dead to read in the down time, totally understandable. I read Zita the Spacegirl a few years back. You have some interesting currently reading books and the letters of LIW would be something enticing too.