01 May 2012

Last Month in Review: April 2012

M'aidez. M'aidez.  Or May Day, May Day if you prefer!  I just got back from a near-perfect weekend down in the mountains of North Carolina, so my blog has been quiet for a few days.  In lieu of actually thinking and writing about stuff, I'll just start in on my reads for the last month.  Once I catch up on sleep I can get back to book reviews and travel blogging!

1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.  This book was neither as sweet as I hoped, nor as offensive as I feared.  It was pretty good, but not much more than that.  Its most memorable quality for me is the presence of elderly protagonists, who don't get much playtime in books these days. Review/musings here.

2. Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn.  Fun and unexpected little debut of a novel.  Perhaps there will be a review forthcoming.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  This is a review of the audio book.

4. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. It's hard for me to believe just how much I got out of this book.  Review here.

5. Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick.  Gosh, I loved this book.  I hope I have the energy and memory to write up a review some time. Probably my favorite book read in April.

6. Comeback Love by Peter Golden.  My sales rep from Simon & Schuster "discovered" this self-published novel and pitched it to his publishing company, and they bought the rights for it.  I hope to review it one of these days.

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green.  I borrowed my bookstore's Nook for a test drive and this is the book I chose.  With luck I'll get around to reviewing this one, too. 

So, only 7 books this month, including one YA and one audio.  That's basically a personal worst, but I'll try not to beat myself up about that. It was a very busy month at work. 

What did you read this month?  What was your favorite?


  1. "M'aidez. M'aidez. Or May Day, May Day if you prefer!"

    *stares at the screen for a moment, then says 'Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.'*

    If you liked Heading Out to Wonderful so much YES please write a review.

  2. 7 books isn't bad at all! I'm applauding your 7 books *applause*. Also my favourite book from the last month has to be The Woman in White, because, well, you know how it goes with Alice's readalongs :)

  3. Very happy to hear you liked Heading Out to Wonderful as I've got it in my queue for this summer!

  4. Your "basically a personal worst" comment made me laugh. It doesn't look like such a bad reading month from my end! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on some of these books.

  5. Hey, don't feel bad! I only read 7 books last month, too.
    I decided this year to stop beating myself up about reading goals - the last couple of years I fell just a teeeensy bit short and felt AWFUL which is so DUMB because I really did read (and enjoy) a lot!


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