Tuesday, May 01, 2012

April: I Get My Back Into My Reading

What a great reading month!  13 books!  Almost 14, but those last few chapters of East of Eden spilled over into the wee hours of May 1.

I'd like to thank the Readathon and Korean transportation and the couch in my living room.  After a couple of months, it finally sunk in that *yes*, I had a couch again for the first time since 2004.  Since then, we've been almost inseparable and I've been able to move mountains...of books. I would be remiss in not thanking both work for its late-morning and early-afternoon starts and the beautiful weather that has allowed me time to dawdle and read at the campus coffee-and-waffle stand.

I also came up with a new name for this blog:  Blue-Hearted Bookworm.  It's a reference to my tattoo and a nod to Hemingway's story "Big Two-Hearted River" and kind of a twitchy half-nod at "The Gold-Hatted Lover" which is part of the poem at the beginning of The Great Gatsby.  It also sounds like an alt-country song title, which is not a bad thing at all.

Yeah, April was productive.  Maybe I will make it to 113 books this year.  The list is below.  I have things to say about these books.  I can't get those things out right now, but I will soon.

1. American Splendor:  Our Movie Year - Harvey Pekar.
2. 11/22/63 - Stephen King.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky.
4. Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark - Brian Kellow.
5. In This House of Brede - Rumer Godden.
6. The Higher Power of Lucky - Susan Patron.
7. Shadow of a Bull - Maia Wojciechowska.
8. It's Like This, Cat - Emily Cheney Neville.
9. Shane - Jack Schaeffer.
10. The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck.
11. The Fran Lebowitz Reader - Fran Lebowitz.
12. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens.
13. Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters - John Steinbeck.

8 comments:

Sam Sattler said...

Great month, with some great choices. You did well to finish that many considering that East of Eden was long and it was the one you were finishing the month up with.

Susan said...

Yaay for couches! and for a fabulous reading month! I can hardly wait for your thoughts on 23/11/63....and i have to say, I love the new blog name. Hopefully that will lead to less salacious viewings of your blog :-)

Unapologetically Mundane said...

Oh, boy. The Perks of Being a Wallflower as an adult. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to read it again, although I feel like it'd hold up better than The Catcher in the Rye.

Unruly Reader said...

Hi there, Blue-Hearted Bookworm! Great new handle.

therubycanary said...

It's been a while since I've been able to hit 13 books in a month. Go you!

Care said...

Congratulations on finding a new blog name!! and to a great month of reading. :)

Ryan said...

Looks like a really great month of reading. Look forward to hearing what you think of the Hitchens book.

Kathleen said...

I like the new name for the blog!