April AVA Readathon Challenge Update

This month I’m participating in the AVA Readathon Challenge with Bookshelves and Paperbacks. I listed the ARCs (advance release copies) of books I’m planning to read this month. Some have been lingering in my to-be-read stack for far too long. Others were a bit of a cheat because they come out this month, so I wanted to read them anyway.

Here’s the list I posted at the beginning of the month:

AVA Readathon ChallengeNote: I don’t know why Between the Lies ended up on this list, since it doesn’t come out until September. Probably I got it mixed up with something else, though now I can’t remember what. So that one is last on my list for now.

What I’ve Read So Far

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality
This is a basic breakdown of what racial profiling is and the areas in our society in which it’s still having a profound impact on our lives. While it’s a pretty charged and political topic, I felt like the author worked very hard to make this a really informative look with a lot of statistics and historical context. I think it was a great read for me, though I want to go back and look at a few passages again because sometimes the statistics were a bit overwhelming to me.

Letters to the Lost
I met Brigid Kemmerer at ApollyCon in March and recognized the cover of her book. I thought I’d requested the ARC already via NetGalley, but apparently I did not! So I sent off my pretty-please-can-I-review-this request and sure enough, Bloomsbury sent me a copy. Yay! Gotta say– this is one of the best angsty (but clean, apart from a bit of language) romances I’ve read in a LONG time. I loved it.

Defy the Stars
I’d been meaning to read some Claudia Gray since hearing buzz about A Thousand Pieces of You. The characters were fantastic and the plot took me some interesting directions. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but overall, the characters and story world still make this one a win for me.

Next on my list?
Up next is Kami Garcia’s The Lovely Reckless. I’m still hoping to work through my list by the end of the month, even though I’m running a little bit behind. I hope to have a bit more time this weekend and next for some catch-up reading.

What are you reading?

How about you? What book have you been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to cracking open just yet? What book has you cranking through pages right now? Leave a comment to let me know. I would love to commiserate over impossibly long TBR lists and celebrate finding a great read with you.

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About Kasey Giard

Kasey is a mother, reader and aspiring author. When she's not reading or writing, you might find her out on the water fly fishing, pretending she can keep houseplants alive, or talking with the family rescue cat.
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4 Responses to April AVA Readathon Challenge Update

  1. I really enjoyed The Falconer. I’m reading Unblemished next month, and every other book you have here is currently on my TBR. Happy reading!

    • Kasey Giard says:

      Oh good! I don’t really know anything about the series. I know the second one is coming out soon, but I wanted to read the first one before I tried to get a copy of the second. I’m excited to hear that you liked it. Thanks, Krysti!

  2. Colleen says:

    Commiserate? That’s hilarious. Only an avid reader would get that. Which, I am finding out, I am not as much one as I thought. I find it rather disturbing. I will say I have some classics on my TBR list like…are you ready? I am sixty-seven years old and have never read Gone with the Wind or Catcher in the Rye or…what’s that other angsty one written by John What’s-His-Face? Hey, but I have read Three Times Lucky. That counts for something, right? I am amused at how rather elementary I am in my reading. Not that I can’t handle heavy, charged, or deep stuff. Because I can, but I migrate to other things. Which I don’t think makes me superficial. I’m consoling myself here. I’m a sanguine, for crying out loud! My husband shakes his head at me and just tells me I’m cute. But seriously, I check the Flesch-Kincaid on my writing. I’m lucky if I hit fourth grade level, folks. Enough. I love that you keep up with all these books and keep us informed. Thank you.

    • Kasey Giard says:

      Haha! Well, you have a lot of other things going on in your life, too. 🙂 I read Gone with the Wind in middle school (yeah, I was weird) and Catcher maybe within the last six years or so. If you’re thinking of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men maybe?), I’ve never read anything by him, either, but I should. Never read Hemingway, either, actually. I would like to read both. Maybe I’ll do a classics challenge month or something. Hmmmm. And yes! Three Times Lucky counts for a lot! And you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird! You’ve got a natural talent for writing middle grade. That’s all I’m hearing here. 😉 Someday I’ll be featuring your books in these posts! 🙂

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