April is officially the month I have overcommitted myself, but c’est la vie.
1. Divergent – Yay, I went to see the Divergent movie with my friend, Julie! We both agreed the movie was really good and had excellent casting (side note: Theo James is smoking hot). Seeing the movie reminded me of all the things I loved about the first book, especially how Tris struggles with her identity. I may have to read Allegiant now and finish the series.
2. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – I signed up to be a blog cheerleader for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon taking placing on April 26th. If you would like to participate as a reader or cheerleader, visit their website.
3. Armchair BEA ~ May 26-31, 2014 – I’m also on the International Committee for this year’s Armchair BEA which is the online conference than takes place alongside the Book Expo America/BEA Blogger Convention every year. I joined last year as a participant for the first time and it was great event for meeting other bloggers and the craft of blogging. Registration starts soon so keep an eye on their website.
4. #MadameBovary2014 – The Madame Bovary read-along (read-a-long? readalong? I don’t know anymore) is in full swing! Master post is on my other blog ebookclassics and Juliana just posted the check-in for Part One on her blog. So far it’s been easy to read and I was surprised how quickly the title character transforms from a polite farm girl to desperate housewife.
5. #1Tale2Cities – I also signed up to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens with Laura @ Reading In Bed between April 21-May19. You should too! I’ve only read Great Expectations, so Dickens is still fairly new to me.
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’m also reading War and Peace for the Russian Literature challenge I signed up for in December. I aim to finish the book by July. The first five chapters have taken place at a party with a bunch of characters I’m sure must be important somehow and then some drunk guys dance with a bear. All sure signs this is a masterpiece.
7. Did Not Finish – I started reading Sister Wolf by Ann Arensberg, but I found the story incoherent (a reviewer on Goodreads called it whack-ass – LOL). I have decided to ditch it because The Wind Is Not A River by Brian Payton came in for me at the library. The story takes place during World War II and is split between a journalist stranded on an Alaskan island and his wife back in the U.S. planning to search for him.
8. The Afterword Reading Society – The National Post here in Canada runs this book club where there are 25 coveted physical copies up for grabs and you have the opportunity to submit questions to the author. After many many months of trying and failing, I was ready to unsubscribe. Of course, now that I have a million books to read this month, lo and behold a cheery email telling me that Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose is on its way and I have until April 28th to answer their questionnaire. However, the book has yet to arrive. Ack!
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I finally cracked open the Harry Potter DVDs I was given eons ago and watched the end of the series. Why did I wait so long? Now I feel like I need to go back and watch all of the movies again. I haven’t read the books and may wait until my kids are older so we can read them together.
10. Game of Thrones – Finally Games of Thrones is back for Season 4 which is so great because my life was pretty empty without its nudity and violence (kidding!). I heard someone on the Nerdist podcast nickname the show T&A with a chance of dragons. Now we just need True Blood to come back and we’ll have more bare butts than we can possibly handle.
What’s happening in your bookish life?