April Round-Up: Getting Back Into Things Edition


Total Books Read: 20
Audio: 13
Ebook: —
Print: 7

# of pages read: 818
# of hours listened: 140 hours 45 minutes


  1. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (audio): Based on the blurb, I didn’t think this book was going to be for me, but I went out on a limb and tried it anyway. I should have listened to my instincts.
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (audio): Part of my re-listening/comfort reading adventures.
  3. Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister (audio): I didn’t care for this novel, which features the ghost of Dorothy Parker, but I was inspired to add some of Parker’s work to my TBR list.
  4. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (audio): I do have a soft spot for Joe Hill. A very strong short story collection, featuring several stories that I found brilliant.
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audio): I have to say that on my third read of the Harry Potter series, I’ve realized I’m not really a fan of books 1-5. Well, maybe with the exception of the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  6. The Body by Stephen King (audio): Glad to finally be able to say I’ve read this novella!
  7. Strangers In Paradise (Vol. 1) by Terry Moore: My first read during the read-a-thon. I really, really disliked it.
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (audio): I finished the audio book during the read-a-thon and, I’m sorry to say, I may be the only person who didn’t love it.
  9. A Jew In Communist Prague: Loss of Innocence by Vittorio Giardino
  10. A Jew In Communist Prague: Adolescence by Vittorio Giardino
  11. Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King (audio): I really adore Stephen King.
  12. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (audio)


  1. The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty by William Hogeland (audio): Too frequently I forget that a book isn’t going to be interesting just because it has an interesting title.
  2. American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men by David McConnell: It’s kind of sad to realize how many disappointing books I read in April. I had high hopes for American Honor Killings…
  3. Prisons Will Not Protect You edited by Ryan Conrad: This is THE book to carry around with you if you want strangers to start weird conversations with you.
  4. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (audio): Woah boy. I’d recommend this to anyone who is even vaguely interested in what Scientology is and how it started.
  5. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch (audio): That’s right, I listened to a book about genocide on audio. The writing is “holy smokes this is good” good.
  6. Odysseus: A Life by Charles Rowan Beye (audio): Note to self: books that use the word “hilarious” in the verb are to be considered un-hilarious until proven otherwise.
  7. Acolytes by Nikki Giovanni: I read poetry now, that’s new.
[image via Boston Magazine]

[image via Boston Magazine]


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8 responses to “April Round-Up: Getting Back Into Things Edition

  1. You had a great reading month. I am adding We Wish to Inform You … and Going Clear to my wishlist.

  2. Is The Body worth reading? And how was the Nicki Giovanni?

  3. debbierodgers

    Wow – you read a LOT this month, girl!

  4. therelentlessreader

    Calling Me Home wasn’t for me either…but I did love Eleanor & Park ;) I just finished Going Clear. Holy cats! What a fascinating read!!

  5. “Too frequently I forget that a book isn’t going to be interesting just because it has an interesting title.” Ain’t that the truth.

  6. That is a great month of reading!

  7. Great list, Cass! I think you’re the first person I’ve read who hasn’t loved the Rowell, which has given me some perspective (I’ve been thinking of getting it and forgot to consider I might not like it).

  8. Looks like a hit or miss bunch of books. I have Calling Me Home on my shelves. Hoping to get around to it sooner rather than later. I also read Strangers in Paradise. It didn’t really do much for me. Need to read through some of the discussions at the MOOC.