april reading in review

Books Bought This Month
Love on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova (preorder) (IndieBound)
Life on the Level by Zoraida Córdova (preorder) (IndieBound)
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom edited by Leonard Marcus (IndieBound)
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna (IndieBound)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (Kindle First) (IndieBound)
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (Edelweiss ARC) (IndieBound)
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (Edelweiss ARC)
The Uninvited by Cat Winters (Edelweiss ARC) (IndieBound)
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett and Sarah Bennett (Edelweiss ARC) (IndieBound)

Books Borrowed This Month
Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves edited by Ann Angel (IndieBound)
The Bees by Laline Paul (IndieBound)
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (IndieBound)
Hidden by Helen Frost (IndieBound)
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose (IndieBound)
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss (audiobook) (IndieBound)
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (IndieBound)
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (IndieBound)
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen (IndieBound)
Lies in the Dust by Jakob Crane (IndieBound)
Mistakes I Made at Work edited by Jessica Bacal (IndieBound)
Gluten Is My Bitch by April Peveteaux (IndieBound)
Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest (audiobook) (IndieBound)
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley (IndieBound)
Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman (IndieBound)
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas (audiobook) (IndieBound)

Books Finished This Month
Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust (IndieBound)
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best (IndieBound)
Hidden by Helen Frost
Blythewood by Carol Goodman (IndieBound)
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman (IndieBound)
Donovan’s Big Day by Lesléa Newman (IndieBound)
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle (IndieBound)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (IndieBound)
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (audiobook) (IndieBound)
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
Lies in the Dust by Jakob Crane
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen
De la petite taupe qui voulait savoir qui lui avait fait sur la tête by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field (IndieBound)
Things I’ll Never Say edited by Ann Angel
Gluten Is My Bitch by April Peveteaux
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
On Immunity by Eula Biss (audiobook)
The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (IndieBound)
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (IndieBound)
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
I Love Science! by Shanny Jean Maney (IndieBound)
Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest (audiobook)

I really hate spring. Spring is almost always really crappy for me in a variety of ways, and this one has been no exception. But my reading hasn’t been all that bad, considering. Lots of poetry, picturebooks and graphic novels, which was a nice change. And I’m getting better at audiobooks! Aural learning has never been my strong point and my hearing is just off normal for my age, which is funny considering that I’m a musician (i.e. one who has studied and played music, not remotely a professional), so I’ve been trying to stretch that muscle and learn to focus on things better. So while my TBR list might be inordinately long, I’m always looking for suggestions of audiobooks to listen to, especially if they’re books I’m interested in anyway.

What’s most interesting about this month’s reads is that almost none of them were things I would have picked up had I not been asked to or felt obligated to in some way, and yet I liked quite a few of them. I don’t really read short fiction. I have learned to like graphic novels, but it has taken a lot of time to pick them up by choice regularly and to figure out the kind I like. I haven’t read a book about diet and nutrition since I first overhauled my diet when I learned gluten-free was the way to eliminate many of my health problems, and this book was a good check-in. And I’m also getting better at reading and bringing back books that I borrow, and at not buying or borrowing so much in general if I don’t anticipate reading it soon. I’m still working through quite a backlog of things borrowed from friends, library books, conference ARCs, etc and am trying to be a less horrible person in that regard. Slowly but surely, I’m getting better.

I’m also working on not feeling guilty if a book just doesn’t interest me, whether that means just not adding it to my TBR to begin with or just putting it down if after 50 pages I still don’t care. It’s really hard. I have anxiety over it. I haven’t actually achieved it yet, even though I’m currently slogging my way through a book I don’t care about. But I keep telling myself it’s okay to just stop and put it down, and maybe I’ll start listening to myself soon.

So that’s that.


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