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April 1st, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: March 2012

Wait, whaa? It's April?

The past month has felt super wonky for me because of school. It being the end of the year and everything (the end of my fourth year of university WHICH MEANS I'M GRADUATING HOLY CRAP) I have heaps of homework (which is why I've been so quiet as of late), which has been making time feel like it's going really fast because OMG I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO. But on the other hand, time feels like it's going superrr slowly because I just want it to be over. It's an odd feeling.

Anyway! Here's what I managed to review this month (click the link for the review):

Books Reviewed:

The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
This is Shyness by Leanne Hall
Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Motion of Light on Water by Samuel R. Delany
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Total Books Reviewed: 10

I was pretty productive the first half of the month, then school got in the way and slowed me right down. I did catch up on a late of reviews I didn't get around to in February though (all the books up to TDo100D was were read in February.

Books Read:

1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
2. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
3. The Motion of Light in Water by Samuel R. Delany
4. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre
5. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
6. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
7. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
8. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
9. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vol. 3 by Naoko Takeuchi
10. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vol. 4 by Naoko Takeuchi
11. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare
12. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
13. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
14. Moral Clarity by Susan Neiman
15. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Total Books Read This Year: 46 novels; 2 manga

Despite my lack of time for fun stuff due to school, I still managed to read quite a bit. However, six of them (almost half) were for school. I didn't dislike any of them though, even some of the heavier books I had to read (The Motion of Light on Water, After Virtue, and Moral Clarity), which were pretty enjoyable actually.

Favourite: I didn't read anything that blew me out of the water, but the most exciting was probably Catching Fire. I enjoyed it slightly more than The Hunger Games (which was a re-read) and a few parts had me on the edge of my seat. Not a flawless book though. Cinder was probably the most straight-up fun to read.

Most Disappointing: Nothing was disappointing actually. Like I said, nothing I read this month blew me away, but I didn't outright dislike anything either. My least favourite was probably Dead Until Dark I guess.

Books Bought/Received:
Yayy! I was much more well behaved this month than February. There were a few more bargain books that cropped at work that I couldn't help but grab, so my bank account is still happy to boot!




The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
I've never read any of Waters work, but she seems to be pretty well loved. I found this in the bargain section at work for $7.99 for the hardcover.

Spirit in the Wires (Newford #13) by Charles de Lint
Another Charles de Lint for super cheap! I always seem to find his stuff in the bargain section for some reason... Anyway, couldn't resist the cheapness, and I want to collect as much of de Lint's Newford stuff as possible, so why not get it when it's cheap?

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I read Clare's City of Bones three years ago and it wasn't really my cup of tea, so I'm not entirely sure why I picked this up, despite it being in the bargain section. The sound of a steampunk-ish setting got to me I guess.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I've heard mixed things about this one, and to be completely honest I'm not entirely sold on the dystopian premise this book offers.. BUT!! BARGAIN SECTION. Seriously, I paid like $4 for this book for the hardcover.

The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
I read this this month for calico_reaction's Theme Park book club and ended up liking it quite a bit. Enough to buy it and the sequel!

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
This one has received mixed reviews as well, but it was like $3 for the Kobo. Miiiiine.

Feed by M. T. Anderson
This one has been on my radar for ever, and then it showed up on sale with Kobo for something around $2? How am I supposed to resist??? The answer: I don't.

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