I did far better in April than I did during March. First and foremost, I did manage to finally finish Atlas Shrugged, which was both an enjoyable, yet tedious endeavor. Beyond that I delved into the Star Wars Expanded Universe and read the books of two authors I’d never tried reading before. The theme for the month wound up being dystopian and urban fiction, but that wasn’t due to any sort of advance planning. I also managed to top 8,000 pages read during April which makes me think I’ll probably finish the year somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 pages read. That’s a really, really big number.
The books I finished in April:
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- The Lost Tribe of the Sith (series of short stories) by John Jackson Miller
- Matched by Ally Condie
- Crossed by Ally Condie
- The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
That’s not too bad, right? I figure seven books in April makes up for only finishing one during March. It puts me at 34% progress to the goal of 50 by the end of the year and with April being over that leaves me right on track. I’d like to gain a little bit of breathing room before the end of June though, that way I can look into some more books like Atlas Shrugged in the second half of the year. I managed to write reviews for most of the books this month, so if you are interested, you can find them on the index I set up recently for book reviews.
The only book from April I don’t recommend is The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning because it was absolutely horrible in my opinion. I read it because I saw it come up as part of the Kindle Daily Deal a few weeks ago and it looked intriguing. Thankfully it really wasn’t all that long because it was a bit rough to get through. All of the others were rather enjoyable and I recommend them to anyone who has been on the fence about reading them, especially Atlas Shrugged.
My goals for 50/2012 in May are to reread a couple of favorites of mine that I haven’t picked up in a couple of years so I can enjoy them again and write reviews as well. Beyond that I’d like to once again try a new author, I’m leaning towards John Scalzi or Dan Wells at the moment, and I’d like to fit in another SWEU book or two if I find the time.