March Wrap-Up and Mini-Review

Here’s what I read for the month of March. I have to say that it was a pretty good month for me! I read a total of 10 books and 2,659 pages. As you can see, I should probably just totally dump my rating system :p I seem to give everything that I like a 5/5…but that’s not a bad thing, is it? Anyway, here’s the list:

17. Voices by Ursula K. LeGuin, 2006, 341 pgs., 4.25/5
18. Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment by Bryan Talbot, 2007, 319 pgs., 4/5
19. Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice, 2003, 112 pgs., 4.75/5
20. As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason, 2009, 342 pgs., 5/5
21. Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, 2009, 32 pgs., 5/5
22. Sorrow: A Witch Ember Tale by John Lawson, 2009, 239 pgs., 5/5
23. Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint, 2007, 271 pgs., 4.5/5
24. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, 2009, 535 pgs., 4.5/5
25. The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie, 2008, 224 pgs., 5/5
26. Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland, 2003, 244 pgs., 5/5

Favorites were Sorrow, The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine and Hey Nostradamus…least favorites..Alice in Sunderland..I know many of you loved it, and I thought it was done wonderfully but it won’t be on my top books of the year. Oh yeah! Which reminds me..I still haven’t announced the winner of my favorite books of the year so far contest! That would be Kailana!! Congrats Kelly…let me know which of my five favorite books you want. She guessed four correct books. There was actually only one person who guessed all 5 and it was Bart.…but then he said that he didn’t want to be entered :p Here were the top five books:

1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
2. A Fine and Private Place
3. Sorrow
4. Old Man’s War
5. The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine

Hey Nostradamus would DEFINITELY be added to that list now though!

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12I finished another book last night, but it was after midnight so I figure I’ll count it for April. It was Poppy Z. Brite’s Antediluvian Tales. I checked this one out from the library and was surprised when I saw that they had it! It’s a Subterranean Press edition…but then again, Poppy is Β a local author so I’m guessing they stock all of her stuff. I wish I could say that I loved this one..I really do, but I can’t. It’s only 114 pages of short stories and it took me 3 days to read it. A couple of the stories are good, but overall I just couldn’t get into it. She ends on a high note though with “The Last Good Day of My Life”. A non-fictional account of one of her trips to Australia right before Katrina. The problem with this one to me is that it almost seemed gimmicky. All of the stories take place in New Orleans or the surrounding metro area and I just felt like she used every New Orleans reference that she could. Maybe it’s because I live here…who knows. Maybe it would be more appealing to someone outside of the city. Don’t let this distract you from her work though! If you’re looking for fantastic teenage horror fiction that’s a little risque, I highly recommend Lost Souls and Drawing Blood…I love those books. Exquisite Corpse was too disturbing even for me, but some may like it….Can’t recommend this one though.

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Finally, is anyone else getting attacked with spam like crazy lately? And my filter isn’t even catching it all….it’s driving me nuts! Really, I don’t need my penis enlarged nor do my readers….you don’t, right?

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14 Responses

  1. Nope, penis enhancement needed here. But thanks for asking.

    Don’t get rid of your ratings system…I LOVE that so many of your reads get 5/5! And when you’re worst read of the month gets a 4/5, well, I’d say that makes for a pretty good month!

    I’ve never read anything by Poppy Z. Brite, but it sounds like I would probably love her stuff. I totally love her name! Sounds like she’d be a great choice for RIP?

  2. Gah… Decisions, decisions… I think I am going to go with ‘Old Man’s War’. I really liked that book and I got it from the library, so I think I want to own it. ‘Sorrow’ is an e-book, right? I have a hard time inspiring myself to read online. I am the only person on the planet that wasn’t very enthused with Peter Beagle (‘The Last Unicorn’). I am going to try him again, but he is probably library for me. And, I have read the other two books. That was long-winded. lol

  3. Of course, if I had entered, I’d have only managed to get 3 right! such is my luck. πŸ˜€

    Re Spam: Assuming that you have Akismit activated then, you want to use the add plugin search in the WP control panel for one called “bad behavior” it’s quite could at stopping the spam-bots at the gates, rather than letting them on the site in the first place.

  4. lmao. Nope, I don’t either.

    Congrats to Kailana!

    That’s too bad about Antediluvian Tales. I love the title. I’ve been meaning to read Poppy, but I guess I won’t start there πŸ˜› Lost Souls it will be. Like Debi said, probably perfect for RIP.

  5. Ten books! Go you! I’m a little sad about Alice in Sunderland – but I think I will still give it a shot, as my love for Wonderland may keep me going. And I agree Debi – I love your rating system.

    Happy April reading! πŸ™‚

  6. Hooray for Kelly!!!

    spam sucks! I hope you can get that fixed! Might have to do with being on your own server now????

    Anyway.. your rating system doesn’t surprise me one bit lol..

  7. Don’t stop rating your books! If I’d put rating on my reads, they would look exactly like yours, lol.

  8. lol I don’t need it either(the enhancement, wrong sex) I DO need to get a rating system….gosh, that sounds bad posed like that, doesn’t it???!! A rating system for books!! yeah, that’s what i meant…..and congrats to Kailana, enjoy the books!

    I do like your rating system and I am thinking of getting one too. Also congrats on reading 10 books this month!!!

  9. Congrats, Kelly!

    Thank God I’m a girl. No enlargement needed here! As always I’m adding more titles to my list because of you! I can’t wait to read A Fine and Private Place though I’m scared I’m going to hurt the book. It looks like it was published in the 60s. I hope April is just as great as March.

  10. Debi, I’m glad to hear that none of my readers are needing their penis enlarged :p And everyone seems to think my rating system works, so I’ll stick with it! As for Poppy Z. Brite, I certainly recommend her for the RIP challenge! Go with Lost Souls…it’s my favorite…like I said though, it’s a bit risque…there is teenage sex in it…and it’s boy/boy sex…so maybe don’t let Annie read it :p But it’s seriously good!

    Kailana, Deal! I love the reason you’re wanting Old Man’s War…I’ve done that with many books! As for the Last Unicorn, I though it was good, but it’s my least favorite of the Beagle books I’ve read so far. A Fine and Private Place is a million times better! Totally different kind of book.

    Bart, I’m going to go check and see if my spam filter is turned on…I’m pretty sure it is though…will go investigate!

    Nymeth, Definitely start with Lost Souls! That one and Drawing Blood are my two favorites! I think you’ll like them πŸ™‚ Renay should totally read those too…just thinking of that. They’re right up her alley.

    Lena, Definitely still give Alice in Sunderland a shot! It still got a 4/5 from me which is pretty damn good. It’s a great book, it’s just very overwhelming!

    Deslily, I’m thinking it may have something to do with that…going to investigate! And I know how much you love my rating system πŸ˜‰ Seriously, do you ever expect anything under like a 4.25? LOL

    Claire, I’m so relieved to hear that, lol. I just tend to love everything I read :p

    Susan, You cracked me up with your comment! Are you sure you’re not starting a sex rating system? lol. In all seriousness though, you should do a rating system! I think it’s fun!

    Vasilly, A Fine and Private Place is soooo good! I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I was so happy to see that you got that one. And I bet it’s a beautiful copy you have! I’d love to have one from the 60’s when it was first published…

  11. You had a good month! I’m very much looking forward to reading A Fine & Private Place later this year, thanks to Nymeth.

  12. I always give my favorite books 5’s! But sadly, there have not been many of those lately. Maybe I should start reading books off your list.

  13. Glad to see your site back up…couldn’t get it to come up at all earlier this evening.

    Congrats Kailana on the win and congrats Bart for the perfect score!

  14. Uh, no I don’t!!

    What a great list of books you read last month!! And some of your books made it to my TBR list!! Keep up your rating system… I like it!! I’ve been on a 4 or 5 star reading roll right now too!!

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