I added 27 books to my shelves in April (all my 2022 books are shelved here on Goodreads). Three were poetry collections and a few more were really short … still 🙂 It was a lot to absorb and it took me most of last week to get my thoughts together in my book journal:
- Eight of those were 5-stars; and the rest I mostly Loved or Loved A LOT. Here’s my Instagram post with quick reviews of the 5-star books.
- 15 (56%) were paper, 10 (37%) were audio, and two were ebooks.
- 16 (59% – same as last month!) were borrowed, one I owned, and ten were purchased (eight new and two used).
- 17 (63%) were fiction and the rest were spread across poetry, memoir, spiritual growth, and general non-fiction.
- My intentions were (again) very evenly represented with nine check marks each for Diversity and Growth, and ten for Connection (nine books didn’t check any of those boxes – they were simply Delightful). Two books (both for bookclubs) checked all three boxes:
Here are the qualitative ♥ notes from my journal:
♥ Really enjoying my completist journeys through Louise Erdrich and Maggie O’Farrell.
♥ Beth O’Leary, Deanna Raybourn, and Jodi Taylor are now my go-to smart (and a little sexy) fun.
♥ Exploring poetry.
♥ Exploring backlist – 15 (a little more than half) of those 27 books were published prior to 2021.
♥ Reading on paper is my favorite way to start the day. I still love audio for keeping me company while I knit, walk, and do other stuff. I also enjoyed reading with my eyes and ears for Lady Susan and An American Sunrise.
♥ Growth. I learned about the Trail of Tears, Austen’s juvenalia, refugees in Australia, mental illness, perception/bias about race and mental illness, new ways to read scripture, and haenyeo in Jeju, South Korea.
♥ Connections with (daughter) Katie, especially The Swimmers, Bomb Shelter, and Sorrow and Bliss. These are all great books to read and discuss, and we especially loved the mother/daughter connections.
♥ and again, having a monthly TBR worked great. Here’s an update (you can click to embiggen):
I just picked up the last two May books (Mary Lawson’s Crow Lake and Road Ends) at the library today; I have them until June 9 … and I’m thinking it might take me into June to finish this month’s list!
What are you planning/looking forward to this month? do we have any plans in common? I do love to connect about books!
And finally, many of y’all asked about “library hold jail” in response to my last post. Here’s the scoop for everyone: my library limits holds to 15 physical and 15 Libby (ebooks or audiobooks) holds at one time. When I hit that limit (which seems to happen at least a few times each month), I can’t put any more books on hold. It’s especially bad when I have a stack of physical books come in because they’re On Hold until I check them out (I checked out a stack of five today … so now I have more room on my Physical Hold shelf). I have a handful of new releases on hold, too; the library hasn’t even received their copies yet, so those books could be holding a place for weeks. It’s certainly a first world problem 😉 It’s also been interesting to hear back from several of you about your library’s hold policies … from Carole’s which has no limit … to Bonny’s (she has multiple) which all have limits of ten.