Are you freakin' kidding me? May already? That's just not possible. From now until June, things will be insanely busy with end-of-school stuff, graduation stuff, soccer stuff, school play stuff, etc. I enjoyed all the flowering trees in my neighborhood this month and also some great books:
- The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, a warm and light British novel read for a book group.
- The Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley, a middle-grade novel.
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bagocalupi, a teen/YA dystopian novel on audio.
- Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater, a hilarious middle-grade audio that our family has listened to at least 4 times now!
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, a wonderful novel (and I got to hear the author speak this month, too!).
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction last year.
I am behind in writing reviews but have been working to catch up this week. Stay tuned!
As for my 2012 Reading Challenges, I added 4 new states to my Where Are You Reading Challenge (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington), plus 2 more books set in England (I've been on a British streak lately!), so I am now up to 16 different states and 4 different countries outside the US. I added a third novel - Ship Breaker - to my Dystopian Challenge list. I read nothing at all from my TBR shelf this month, so I need to get back to that in May. And I read no memoirs, either. I did add one title to my What's In a Name Challenge - I think spadefoot toads qualify as creepy-crawlies, don't you?
What were your favorite books read in April?