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Complete List of Books Read in the Month of April 
1st-May-2006 06:18 am
123) Crisp, Quentin. The Naked Civil Servant. (4/2/2006)
*124) Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. (4/2/2006)
125) Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Sign of Four. (4/3/2006)
126) Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. (4/6/2006)
127) Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear. (4/8/2006)
128) Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. (4/8/2006)
129) Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau. (4/8/2006)
130) Wells, H. G. The Invisible Man. (4/9/2006)
131) Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds. (4/9/2006)
132) Simak, Clifford D. City. (4/11/2006)
133) Lee, Lilian. Farewell My Concubine. (4/12/2006)
*134) Leavitt, David. The Body of Jonah Boyd. (4/12/2006)
135) Huo, T. C. A Thousand Wings. (4/13/2006)
136) Garber, Marjorie. Academic Instincts. (4/15/2006)
138) Budman, Matthew. Instant Expert: Collecting Books. (4/17/2006)
137) Price, Reynolds. The Tongues of Angels. (4/17/2006)
139) Pratchett, Terry. Equal Rites. (4/18/2006)
140) White, Edmund. Forgetting Elena. (4/18/2006)
141) White, Edmund. Nocturnes for the King of Naples. (4/19/2006)
142) Walker, Kate. Peter. (4/19/2006)
143) Hartnett, P-P. Call Me. (4/20/2006)
144) Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (4/21/2006)
145) Baum, L. Frank. The Marvelous Land of Oz. (4/21/2006)
146) Baum, L. Frank. Ozma of Oz. (4/22/2006)
147) Baum, L. Frank. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. (4/23/2006)
148) Baum, L. Frank. The Road to Oz. (4/23/2006)
149) Baum, L. Frank. The Emerald City of Oz. (4/25/2006)
150) Baum, L. Frank. The Patchwork Girl of Oz. (4/26/2006)
151) Baum, L. Frank. Tik-Tok of Oz. (4/27/2006)
152) Ellis, Ian C. Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books. (4/29/2006)
*best books of the month

For reviews of the books listed above, go here. Watch out for spoilers!

If you have any recommendations for me on the basis of this list, by all means drop me a line! My New Year's Resolution is to read at least 200 books, and I'm always looking for suggestions.

YEARLY TOTAL (to date): 152

Alas, I did not read nearly as much as I had hoped to this month. Still, I covered a lot of children's and young adult literature and genre classics on the list, as well as a couple of book collecting guides. I did read a handful of literary fiction novels, as well, though I felt the quality was a bit lower than usual.
1st-May-2006 11:06 am (UTC)
Wow! That's a lot of books. I have almost the whole Oz series. I haven't read them, yet. How many pages do you think you read?
1st-May-2006 11:08 am (UTC)
How many pages do you think you read?

Of the Oz series, pages this month, or pages total this year?
1st-May-2006 11:20 am (UTC)
This month, and this year. I am at about 12,437 for the year so far, but I am now reading 3 novels simultaneously: Vinegar Hill, The Stand, and The Other Boleyn Girl. The Stand has over 1200 pages itself! :O) One book for the tub, one for downstairs, and one for bedtime....lol.
1st-May-2006 11:26 am (UTC)
I really don't keep track of page counts, since even among different editions of the same book, the page count can vary so very widely. But. Hmm. *mentally calculates* Probably 5000-6000 page this month and well over 30,000 pages total this year.

I'm impressed that you can read multiple books simultaneously. I don't do that--too much of a one-track mind. If I put one book down without finishing and continue on to another, later coming back to the first, I have start over. *winces*
1st-May-2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
I tend to get bored if I only have one book to read. Unless it is something that grabs me right away, then I cannot put it down until I finish it in one sitting. I would have more time to read if I didn't have a hubby and kids. They tend to take up a lot of my spare time.....lol.
1st-May-2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
*nods* True, true. Although, I must note that my mother read books for pleasure CONSTANTLY while I was a child, but, now that I'm grown up, she hardly reads at all, and at least a part of the reason, beyond simple life changes, is that her eyesight is going. So do it while you still can! ^_^;
1st-May-2006 11:32 am (UTC)
I thought I'd done as lot of reading this month, but it turns out I have only read 18 books. :(

Um, how do you do it?!
1st-May-2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Well, for starters: The hours in the evening and on the weekends that most people spend zonked out in front of the TV I spend curled up with a book. ^__^

Plus, I made a New Year's resolution to read at least 200 books the year and deliberately working on a number seems to help my motivation.
1st-May-2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
wow, that'a awesome. i've maybe read 10 books this year so far. i'd like to read atleast 30 by the end of the year. keeping up w/ a 1-year old makes it hard to find a lot of reading time. :) her naps i will always always treasure ;)
1st-May-2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
That's a phenomenal amount of reading in one month, I think, so don't feel like you fell short!

I bet you'd enjoy you some Jack Vance. Well, I can't be sure, of course, but yes ... you should try some of his science fiction stuff, like "The Demon Princes".
1st-May-2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
I bet you'd enjoy you some Jack Vance. Well, I can't be sure, of course, but yes ... you should try some of his science fiction stuff, like "The Demon Princes".

Hmm. Is that a series? How many books in it are there?
1st-May-2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're five small books, avilable usually individually or in two volumes nowadays. Vance is just a phenomenal writer, though, and really you should grab anything you can find by him. He's written loads and loads of books, but I've only ever seen a few at a time in any particular bookstore.
1st-May-2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! I'll keep Vance in mind. ^_^
9th-May-2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! May I say, I hope you become a convert. :D
1st-May-2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Your list is amazing. I wish I were that fast! I'd be interested to know what was your favorite read. Do you have a reading list for May, or do you make it up as you go? Thanks for sharing :-)
1st-May-2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Of the books I read this month, I most enjoyed The Body of Jonah Boyd and Farewell My Concubine...but I felt that it was a pretty lackluster month overall.

I have a (constantly-growing) reading list here, but it's painfully out of date. In general, I have a basic idea of what I want to read and in what order, but it can change at the drop of a hat. I'm not so systematic.
1st-May-2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
How do you compile your tbr list?
1st-May-2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Do you mean how do I pick the titles I want to read, or how I decide the order I read them?
2nd-May-2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for pointing me to your list. You have some awesome books in there! I have The Historian at home and I've browsed through it, but I have not started reading it, officially. I also want to read Baudolino. I read The Name of the Rose and loved it, so I am expecting I will like Baudolino as well.

Again, thanks so much! I'll be looking forward to your May update :-)
1st-May-2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
I am really impressed. I wish I had that much time for reading. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever finish The Other Boleyn Girl. I supposed the fact that I am in the process of moving doesn't help in the time for reading category either.
1st-May-2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Wow. Unbelievable. I could never do that myself, I'm a slow reader. And I don't have that much time anyway.

I see you've read The Hound of the Baskervilles. I love that book. I read it when I was 12. We had to pick a book to read in school, and everyone else took something really stupid and immature... :)
1st-May-2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, your awesome! I aspire to be just like you! What did you think of HG Wells, I have a couple of those, but have not read them yet. Good Luck on your goal, although I think you will have no problem getting there!
1st-May-2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I've archived my thoughts on the H. G. Wells novels here. In general, I thought The Island of Dr. Moreau was the best and most relevant today.
1st-May-2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
So many books! I just took a look at your reviews, and may read some of the HG Wells books. The only one I have read is The Time Machine. Were they quick reads?
1st-May-2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Were they quick reads?

Yep, I thought so. But if you're not used to the writing of that time period, you might find them a bit tedious in places.
3rd-May-2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
I love the Oz books, but it's been quite some time since I've read any of them. I've been meaning to revisit.
5th-May-2006 03:40 am (UTC)
that is an impressive list you have there. I also have been keeping a reading journal, although its nothing close in number to yours.
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