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Image: April 2013 Calendar

April is over, and I know I am not alone when I hope that we have finally seen the last of the snow and cold weather for the season.

For the calendar being fairly light, it seems like this month has been just as hectic as all the others. Track started for Connor, and Holly is getting busier as her ballet and dance recitals draw ever closer. Jim was actually home for every weekend even though he still traveled for half the month, so I say we are making progress on that front. As for me, work and the kids are definitely keeping me on my toes…and in my car.

On a book front, I continue to stay on pace to meet my goal of 200 books this year as I’ve read a total of 68 books so far, 19 of which I completed in April. It didn’t feel like I read that much this past month, which makes sense since six of the books I finished were audiobooks.

So far, I’ve read a total of 20,219 pages and spent over 9 days listening to audiobooks. I’m still skewing towards mostly female authors, mostly review copies, and mostly new-to-me authors. Nothing about those statistics shock me at all, well except for how long I’ve spent listening to audiobooks. That’s almost two full work weeks. Impressive!

As for the books I read this month, here’s the full list:

  1. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson – audio
  2. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
  3. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
  4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – audio
  5. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
  6. The End Games by T. Michael Martin
  7. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe – audio
  8. He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
  9. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – audio
  10. A Half-Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb
  11. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
  12. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  13. The Night Rainbow by Claire King
  14. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – audio
  15. Serving Victoria by Kate Hubbard
  16. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  17. Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
  18. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith – audio
  19. The Inquisitor’s Wife by Jeanne Kalogridis

There were so many great books I read this month, and I enjoyed almost all of them for various reasons. I don’t think I could pick out a favorite if I tried. Suffice it to say, check out my reviews and see for yourself!

With Jim gone again this week and next, plus another business trip to Mexico planned, I suspect that May will be just as successful as this year has been on the reading front. It is also gearing up to be another month of fabulous book releases, which always makes reading so much fun. Here’s to hoping the weather cooperates, and reading outside is in my future. I love my recliner, but I’m ready to bask in the sun!

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