April brought some great reading…much of which consisted of trying to fit in as many candidates for my 2018 Summer Reading Guide as possible! Hunting for Summer Reading Guide candidates also brought some DNFs since I was being extra picky, but I’m okay with that.
This month, I also had one of my very favorite reading experiences that I don’t get to indulge in very often…a full 3 days of beach reading! This is super rare in my current, kid-filled stage of life and I appreciate it immensely.
I read 7 books this month…and none of those were audiobooks. That’s mostly because I’ve been listening to the new Tiger Woods biography, which is over 15 hours long…about 3 times the length of my normal audiobooks. Hopefully, I’ll be finishing it up soon.
- FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH: You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (mini review coming)
- Alternative Remedies for Loss by Joanna Cantor
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
- The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
- The Wife by Alafair Burke
- Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
None! I was super diligent about DNFing what I didn’t like this month!
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- Mother’s Day is just over a week away…I’ve got some books that would make awesome gifts for your Mom!
- Personalized Book Recommendations and the Superstars Facebook Group are now available to anyone who supports Sarah’s Book Shelves on Patreon!
- The 2018 Summer Reading Guide is coming in mid-May…with a couple new features!
April Quality and Recommendation Sources
- % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 70% (way above my 43% success rate from 2017)
- % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 100%
2018 Year-to-Date (through April)
- % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 54% (still above my 43% success rate from 2017)
- % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 85%
Successful Recommendation Sources
- Read It Forward’s Favorite Books of the Month (You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories, Educated, The Gunners)
- Tyler Goodson, Manager at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA (You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories, Social Creature, The Gunners)
- Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast (Alternative Remedies for Loss, Educated)
- Library Reads Best of the Month lists (Educated, You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories)
- Susie at Novel Visits (Educated, The Gunners)
- Tara at Running N Reading (Educated, The Gunners)
- Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books (Educated)
- The Readerly Podcast (You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories, The Wife)
- Amazon Best Books of the Month (You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories)
- Anne Bogel at What Should I Read Next? podcast (Visible Empire)
- Kelly Massry (You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories)
- Lakeside Musing (The Gunners)
- Maggie Shipstead Blurb (Alternative Remedies for Loss)
- NYCbookgirl (Social Creature, The Gunners)
- Trusted Author (Visible Empire)
If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.
May Releases I’m Excited About
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (May 1)
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (May 1)
Alternative Remedies for Loss by Joanna Cantor (May 8)
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (May 15)
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (May 15)
Most Popular Posts
Posts Actually Published in April
Book of the Month April 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?
12 Books That Would Make Great Gifts for Moms
Q1 2018 Update: My Go-To and No-Go Book Recommendation Sources
Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers
- Ann at Books on the Table shared 6 Books to Read This Spring…I usually agree with her taste and loved three of the books on this list.
- I’ve never paid much attention to the children’s books scene, but my son is just starting to read chapter books and I’ve gotten a few recommendation requests from blog readers for children’s chapter books. So, I was thrilled to come across this list from The Family Trip.
- I adored A Little Life and Allison at Mind Joggle‘s 15 Things You Didn’t Know About A Little Life was an absolutely delightful revisit!
- A couple weeks ago, I talked about bloggers posting critical book reviews in my Behind the Scenes post…and Rikki and Michaela at The Ardent Biblio shared a complementary post about rating books you DNF.
- Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s list of 15 Literary Novels That Will Have You Compulsively Turning the Pages contains exactly the type of literary fiction I gravitate towards.
- I’m pretty skittish about short stories in general, but have had a few big-time successes that have me reconsidering the genre. Tara at Running N Reading put together a great list of short story options!
- Read it Forward‘s article about the upcoming PBS series The Great American Read (where they narrow down the great American read from a long starting list) revealed that this list contains BOTH Beloved and Fifty Shades of Grey. I definitely never thought I’d see those two books on the same reading list.
How was your reading month?