Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Sunday Salon.....April in Review

The Sunday
What a month! Ok, it was a truly sucky reading month. I admit it. And I was WAY lax in my posting. So, dear readers, I do apologize for the very infrequent posts that I made. But so many things were going on, there just wasn't time. I know. Same excuse as always. I just can't help it if it happens to be TRUE!!

So....what went on in the month of April in our household?

  • There was work (but isn't there always??) Lots and lots of hours of work!!
  • My youngest BABY....turned 7. And she got her very first bike. At least, her very first NEW bike.
  • Soccer started for Ana. And softball practice started for both Bella and Ana.
  • Easter.
  • My grandmother's illness and passing.
  • Aaron's movie started filming in town....and finished in the same month. Although we weren't as heavily involved as some, we spent quite a few hours on set. And at the killer wrap-party!! And made a whole bunch of new friends in the bargain.
  • Twitter. I can't begin to tell you how many hours have been sucked into the black hole of Twitter!

OK....there was more going on than that....but that gives you an idea. I was unable to participate in the read-a-thon. I had to work that weekend. I would love to in October, but I'm not holding my breath. Chad plays JFL football, and almost every game is on Saturday. If it's a travel game, I could be on the road for 3 - 4 hours (some games are really far away!)

WAY more books came into my house this month than left. If I keep up this pace, the foundation may start to crack! Pathetic reading month for me. Only 4 books and 2 Graphic Novels. Of course, those were my very first graphic novels! It didn't take long for me to be hooked either. Say, 1/2 a page?? The only problem I see is that the graphic novel is rather expensive. And my library has a VERY poor selection. In fact, the two that I read were borrowed through inter-library loan. I don't know how many of either series is actually in the system, but I can tell you there is no way I'm stopping now!! Hopefully, if the libraries don't have them, I can get them to pick up at least a couple. After that, I may be busting open the piggy bank. Or at least breaking out the birthday money that I've stashed away for a rainy day.

I also joined 3 reading challenges this month: The Non-Fiction Five Challenge, The Classics Reading Challenge, and the Printz Project. least I read more books than the number of challenges I joined. That could have been bad!

Books this month:

  • Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Fablehaven Book 2: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull (review to follow)
  • The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (review to follow)
  • Fables Vol 1 by Bill Willingham (review to follow)

I'm shooting for a much better month in May. More books, more reviews, more posts. Only time will tell!!

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!!


Nymeth said...

No need to apologize, Stephanie! We miss you when you post less, but we understand.

I'm with you on graphic novels being expensive. It took me years to collect all of the Sandman volumes! But I actually notice that some of them are starting to be more accessible. Still, I wish more libraries had them,'d make our lives so much easier.

Stephanie said...

Thanks Nymeth!! They are very expensive. There is one bookcase of Graphic novels in my library. I'm trying to grab the rest through ILL. I don't think either series is complete though. Figure I may have to actually purchase some. And then I"m sure I'll have to go back and purchse them all....sheesh. What have I gotten myself into?

Michelle said...

Life does have a way of getting in the way of our best intentions! Here's to hoping that your May is not as traumatic or at least filled with GOOD news for you!

Debi said...

I had to laugh when you mentioned reading more books than the amount of challenges you joined this month. I worry all the time that I'm going to fail on account...and you know, I'm surprised that neither of has to this point! :)

Hope life calms down a bit for you!!!

Kailana said...

Well, there you go. I recommended Fables in the email I sent you, but I guess I didn't have to! Fables is the only graphic novel series I am actively collecting at the moment. I refuse to spent too much money on graphic novels because I read them too fast! I am glad you enjoyed your chance to read them, though!

Hope that May is a great reading month for you!

Andi said...

I'm right there with ya in shooting for more books in May! I think I might've read one or two in April--truly sad! Good luck getting into the groove. I've missed you since I've been out of the bloggy loop!

Chris said...

You're right..GNs are really expensive, but I just so love owning them :) I'm so glad that you enjoyed the two that you read!! Those are my two favorite series!!

Hope May is somehow a little less busy for you Steph. I do want to see you post more here, but I'm hoping that it's less busy mainly for your own sanity :p

Lisa said...

I hope May is a better month and less dramatic for you. I can relate - I was layed off from my job two weeks ago and thought I'd have all this extra reading and blogging time! RIGHT! I read less and blogged less! There was always something that needed done! Hopefully I'll get organized soon!

tanabata said...

No need to apologize! Life has a way of interfering with our blogging, doesn't it? And I was sorry to hear about your grandma.

The price of graphic novels, and not being able to borrow any of them, is definitely what has kept me from reading more of them. Someday I'll have to try Fables, and more of the Sandman series.

I hope you get some good reads in in May!