May Wrap Up

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May!

This month I read 9 books for a total of 3,079 pages and an average of 99 pages per day! I’m really happy with my stats this month, and more importantly I really enjoyed almost all of the books I picked up! I was especially enamored with The Wild Robot and Alias Hook!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
First Sentence: The exorcist is dead.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
First Sentence: Micah brought the music box to her on the night of the meteor storm.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
First Sentence: “Did you see what happened?”

Sung in Shadow by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “And do you not know, then?”

Risuko by David Kudler
First Sentence: My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
First Sentence: Our story begins on the ocean, with with and rain and thunder and lighting and waves.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
First Sentence: Second star to the right of what?
Notable Quote: “Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. This is the best of life.”

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
First Sentence: I sat up high, oak branch ‘tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
First Sentence: Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.
Notable Quotes: “Kissing looks like too much of someone else’s dental hygiene if you ask me.”
“Our mother used to have mystery under her skin, and we paid not the slightest attention.”
“…it’s still frightening when the things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known.”

April Wrap Up

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April!

In April I read 7 books for a total of 1,982 pages and an average of 66 pages per day. Considering I was finishing up planning my wedding, I’m very happy with these numbers.

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
First Sentence: If I’m still in this forest by nightfall, I’ll never leave it again.

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Kreuger
First Sentence: It was another Friday night, not that it mattered to Officer Jim Regan of the Chicago PD.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Don’t Cry Tai Lake by Qiu Xiaolong
First Sentence: Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau found himself standing in front of the gate to the Wuxi Cadre Recreation Center.

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
First Sentence: The air was full of ice the night Sarah’s mother packed all her bags and walked out.
Notable Quote: “She looks like the kind of woman who would put arsenic in the soup and tenderly nurse someone to death, spoonful by spoonful.”

Symbiont by Mira Grant
First Sentence: The recording is substandard, clearly done on a cellular telephone or cheap tablet, rather than any form of professional camera.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

December and 2014 Wrap Up

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December!

In December I read 4 books, for a total of 2,542 pages and an average of 83 pages per day. One of these was a review book and 1,439 of the total pages came from The Stand, which I’m surprised I was able to finish before the end of the year.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Notable Quotes:
“Even though adults were tall, what we knew about anything, including ourselves, was small.”
“It’s a terrible thing to lie. It’s a field you keep seeding and watering and plowing, but nothing will ever grow on it.”
“The bad things that happen to you don’t have to mean anything at all.”

I Am Sophie Tucker by Susan Lloyd Ecker

Dancers Among Us by Jordan Matter

The Stand by Stephen King
Notable Quote:
“Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.”

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Another year has come to a close, and this has been the fourth year that I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read and stats related to that. I really enjoy tracking my progress like this and I think it’s something I’ll continue for a long time. Here’s what I’ve got from 2014:

  • Read 103 books
  • A total of 33,048 pages
  • Averaged 8.7 books per month
  • Averaged 2,754 pages per month
  • Averaged 91 pages per day
  • Most books read in May
  • Most pages read in February

This is the first year that most books read and most pages read weren’t the same month. For 2013 and 2012, I also read 103 books, and when I started all this in 2011, I read 104 books. For 2015 I’ve set my Goodreads goal for 110 books (if you want to friend me, I’m here), though honestly, anything over 100 is awesome. I’ve also set up a goal with one of the groups I belong to, to read 40 books from those I already own, rather than any new ones I purchase this year.

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I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, book-filled 2014, and I hope that 2015 brings even more books your way! Did you meet your goals for last year or set any new bookish goals this year?