April went by so fast! This was probably my best reading month of the year, so far. In total, I got through 11 books. Most of those were either literary fiction or manga, which is a departure from my usual fantasy/paranormal romance reads.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I debated doing a full review for this one, but honestly I think most people have a pretty good idea of what “Catcher in the Rye” is about or have read it already. While I liked this one, I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more had I read it in my angsty teen years. The characterization of Hayden is done wonderfully, but he tended to annoy me. As a teenager, I’m sure I would have identified and sympathized with him a little more.
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
Genre: Literary Fiction
Oddly, I’m in a general fiction mood lately. This one follows a doctor who becomes obsessed with Flaubert. In particular, figuring out which historical site owns the real stuffed parrot that inspired one of Flaubert’s stories. This was a great book that asked a lot of interesting questions and was filled with dry humor. I’m looking forward to reading another of Barnes books soon.
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
It’s pretty rare when I read a non-fiction title but this one really caught my interest. It centers on the author stumbling across a museum of oddities and becoming consumed with figuring out where the line between reality and fiction is. It was an odd but interesting read.
Biyaku Café volumes 1 – 6 by Ayane Ukyou
Published: 2008 – 2011
A young lady, who often gets mistaken for a guy, gets hired at a café and starts a relationship with the owner. The series switches between this couple and several others. This keeps things pretty fresh and humorous throughout the series. However, there is one couple in the middle of the series that takes a tragic tone. This was rather jarring since the rest of the series is fluff. While the first volume is a little rough, this is a pretty good josei series.
Reading Challenge Progress
Not my best month for the reading challenges, but not horrible either.
2016 Goal: 25 “New to Me” Authors
Total Goal Progress: 9/25
- J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye)
- Julian Barnes (Flaubert’s Parrot)
- Lawrence Weschler (Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder)
2016 Goal: Clear my TBR pile down to 100 books
TBR count at the beginning of the month: 184
TBR count at the end of the month: 189
Still going a little in the wrong direction. I’m not predicting to get that count down in May either since BEA is this week.
2016 Goal: 1 – 15 books – New Release Newbie
Total Goal Progress: 6/15
- The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee by Kristen Painter
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- Paranormal Romance
- Fantasy/Urban Fantasy