Sunday, 1 May 2011
A Look Back on April
The start of the month saw me working hard on the last part of Genre for Japan, including sending hundreds of emails and posting items that found their way to my house. Now, at the start of May, there are only a very few niggling items that I need to get on top of, and then we can call it done! I'm just a little worried about the few people who have started mentioning 'the next one....' *running scared*
I've popped that picture up at the head of the post to remind myself at a later date that the weather turned beautiful in April. We had a couple of weeks of truly glorious sunshine. I've already been to a couple of BBQs and have tan lines on my shoulders! I know that we are awful for forgetting about good weather when we have a spate of bad, so here it remains as proof. April felt like summer!
My weekends in April were just a whirlwind of social events... I took my mum to a show early in April, went on a hen party, spent time at the de Jagers watching films, and Eastercon! Awesome Eastercon! I put a post up about this already, but *cryptic* the consequences of my attending Eastercon will last for a while methinks *bounces*!
For some reason, my reading has taken a real hit lately. First it seemed I had no time at all because of Genre for Japan; then I took time out to do some intensive slush reading and help clear that; then I FAILED utterly to read the shortlisted Arthur Clarke novels (although I did read the winner, which is cool). Now I find myself in an utter reading slump and am unclear how to get out of it *sigh*
Here are links to my reviews during April:
28) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
29) The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
30) Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
31) Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- so, 3 books by men (or one man, anyway) and 1 by a women
- 3 YA and 1 Urban Fantasy (or, y'know, 4 sci fi considering the Arthur C Clarke shortlist *winks*
- These four books were all purchased by me!
Best Book of April
Now here... I really can't choose. These were all five star reads for me. The Chaos Walking trilogy is vital and utterly unforgettable, while Zoo City is unique and very much of the moment. All four books were simply brilliant, so I am not even going to try and differentiate. All I will say is that this month was all about the quality, rather than the quantity!
A brisk canter through a mere 2,040 pages for this month - certainly not my highest number in a month so far... It makes the ongoing page count for the year 15,465. The longest book by quite a margin was Monsters of Men while the shortest was Zoo City (although I wish that one were longer!)
Mostly Prentisstown, New Prentisstown (formerly Haven) and Johannesburg for me! None of them seem the most pleasant places to live, so I'll stick where I am this month, thank you very much!
Plans for May
Tis time to rediscover that love of reading. As I say, going through a reading slump right now - can't pick any books to read, then when I do manage to choose one, it doesn't sustain my interest past the first twenty pages or so. Which means it's time to read for pleasure - you'll be getting a number of chick lit/children's book reviews this month, I suspect (my go-to of choice when I'm feeling rotten in terms of reading - nothing challenging!)
Over To You
Tell me everything about your April!