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April 2010 wrap-up

I still can’t believe that we are in May already.

April was a good month, to my standard. I wasn’t expected to read this much. After a slow start of the year, I begin the month with Rebecca and finish it with a high and went on to the next high of  Oranges are not the Only Fruit and found a favourite author in Jeanette Winterson (provided the rest of her books do not disappoint). Two books were finished within one day, The Penelopiad and Kitchen. It’s also a double Yoshimoto month, as I finished two of her books, favourite being Goodbye Tsugumi.

  1. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Oranges are not the only fruits, Jeanette Winterson 
  3. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
  4. Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto
  5. La Prisonniere by Malika Oufkir
  6. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
  8. The Armies by Evelio Rosero 
  9. A Thousand Good Years of Prayers, YiYun Li

Half of the April month’s read are for reading challenges, half of them not. La Prisonniere scored a 5 for a life changing read. Not too bad for April, considering that I went on a Spring holiday, spent a lot more times outdoor walking and not reading, working exta hard at work closing year end reporting, and have a household to run.

I have checked out 18 books from the library to date (OMG!), May resolution is to focus on reading challenges and at least close out a one or two of them, that means reading some of my own books too.

For now, I need to get some sleep. 😉

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


4 thoughts on “April 2010 wrap-up

  1. I can’t believe it’s May already either. I feel like I should start Christmas shopping because it will be here before we know it also!

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | May 3, 2010, 1:01 am
  2. You´ve read some really great books! I get to read PowerBook for a class next month, will be my first Winterson.

    Posted by Bina | May 4, 2010, 8:54 pm

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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