March 2015 in Review

April 9, 2015

I finished nine books this month:

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (graphic novel)
This Side of Home by Renée Watson (YA)
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (YA)
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot (middle grade, audiobook)
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (adult)
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody (YA)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (YA)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (children’s lit)
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (adult lit, non-fiction)

I have very strong feelings about quite a few of these books, so I’m hoping I get around to reviewing them at some point. I’m all caught up on grading my students’ major assignments (…until next week), so I hope I can bang out a couple of reviews this weekend.

I finished two books toward my different challenges, but I’ve decided to take a break from my self-imposed required reading (aka reading challenges) because I’ve gotten kind of bored of them. Even though I have enjoyed most of the books, they’re feeling a bit like homework/work right now–probably because I was drowning in papers.

Sidenote: I’ve realized that keeping track of pages read is kind of a joke for me since it doesn’t account for all the reading I have to do when I grade. Or do class prep. THE NUMBER WILL ALWAYS BE INACCURATE. But still. I’m keeping track. (To date, I’m at 7,245 pages.) (Also, I really wish the Kindle had page numbers instead of percentages on the bottom, though I get why page numbers kind of don’t work. Still.)

In blog news:

1. I never did a Bloggiesta wrap-up post, but that’s because I didn’t complete anything on my list. I did copy over some of my old blog posts (which I helpfully gave the tag “from the old blog“). On the plus side, my to-do list for the next Bloggiesta is already written. So there’s that.

2. I wrote a guest post for Movie Madness March over at Book Bloggers International.

3. I have not responded to all of the comments from the Day in the Life post because grading. I hope to get to that this weekend, too. I did enjoy reading all the posts, and it was nice to do something a little different.

4. I am still ridiculously pleased with my Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Scandal/How to Get Away with Murder post. *pats self on back*

Next month (well, this month, technically, but, you know, April) will probably be a slow book month since the spring semester ends, and I’ll have to plan for my summer class which starts in early May. We’ll see. All I know is I’m ready to be done with this book I’m reading for book club right now. I swear, it’s taking forever. Bah.

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  1. Michelle

    I have a Kindle Fire, and on *some* books, I’m able to tap on the bottom left corner of the page and get it to toggle to page numbers instead of percentage or time remaining. There’s a note on the Amazon listing that says “Contains Real Page Numbers” for the applicable titles. I just started The Boyfriend List (thanks for the recommendation–it’s so charming!), and it, blessedly, has real page numbers.

    • Akilah

      I don’t think my regular Kindle has that feature! Bummer.


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