March in Review

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Happy April!

Reading and Reviewing
March was a fun month for me, but I'm looking forward to April to return to my routine. Because I had so much going on in March, I did very little reading or blogging! Earlier this month, my husband and I spent five days in NYC (you may remember it's my favorite place ever!) Seems like whenever I go on vacation, I spend the week or so prior to it working and preparing, then while on vacation I do little reading, and after I get back I have to focus on catching up on work! While I did have some reading time in the city (at night, on the subway, etc.) I could not decide on just one book to read. I currently have seven "current reads" mainly because I started and did not get far in most of those books during or around that trip. I did go to a new bookstore in the city in addition to The Strand. The other one is actually just minutes from there. It's called Shakespeare and Co. Booksellers. I got the book I'm reading in that picture from that store. (These pictures are from my sort of new tradition of getting pictures of me reading in different cities!)

Then later this month I went on a girls' trip to Savannah for four days with some friends. Had a great time there... such a charming city! But, again, I read extremely little while there. (I even tried to finish Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, since we went on a tour for the book in the city, but I'm still chugging along in that one.)

I came home late Tuesday night, worked all day Wednesday through Friday, and then spent all day today at the UCF Book Festival. I would have attended the author reception the night before with Sandy and Heather, but with everything going on, I completely forgot to RSVP! (I'll post more about that event later).

Anyway, here are the reviews I posted this month:
  1. Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
  2. The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
  3. Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
  4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  5. Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
And mini-reviews for:
  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
  2. Lightning People by Christopher Bollen
  3. The Good Psychologist by Noam Schpancer
  4. Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
 And here's what I read but have not yet reviewed:
  1. The Odds: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan (okay)
  2. Quiet by Susan Cain (loved!)

Blog Update
The only other thing worth mentioning is that I separated the reviews section of my blog into fiction and non-fiction. I used to never read non-fiction, so it's cool to me that I have enough for it to have its own page!

One more thing
I almost forgot! Since I wasn't able to go to the author reception the other night, I ended up going to see The Hunger Games. I thought the movie was well done. I wasn't one of those who loved the book (thought it was just good) and felt pretty much the same about the movie. I enjoyed it though. (Love how the people in the capital are dressed and how colorful they are!)

Happy April, everyone!


Harvee said...

I saw the Hunger Games out of curiousity though I don't care much for dystopia. It was okay but I can see where the YA crowd would love it.

Jenners said...

You had a lot of good bookish travel!!

And I felt the same about The Odds. I need to get my review written soon. I think it might be a mini review though.

Juju at Tales of said...

Exciting and busy busy. Nice! I adore Savannah. Did you go to the cafe featured in the movie? I love the folks that work there.

Zibilee said...

You did have a busy month! It was so good to see you again at the festival, and I was so glad that you came. We must get together again soon!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Shakespeare and Company is a favorite place of mine. I went there three years in a row and said hi to the same cat. :)

Never been to Savannah but loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the book NOT the movie!

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