Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Books Read

Despite a lot of distractions, I managed to read eight books in April.  There were few April showers in Philadelphia, but there were other things going on.  Here's what I read:

          A Night Too Dark  -  Dana Stabenow

          More Was Lost  -  Eleanor Perenyi

          The Bungalow Mystery  -  Annie Haynes

          The Books That Changed My Life  -  Bethanne Patrick

          Blood Hollow  -  William Kent Krueger

          The Murder of Mary Russell  -  Laurie R. King

          Home Life:  Book Four  -  Alice Thomas Ellis

          The Westing Game  -  Ellen Raskin

If I don't do a post about a book, it doesn't mean that I didn't like it.  Although it might mean that.  It may be part of a series I'm reading through rapidly and I don't want to bore you with another rave review.  I might review a book because it's not as good as the others in a series.

The Westing Game left me confused.  It's a YA book, I believe.  But there were people in it who weren't who weren't who they seemed to be and who were dead or maybe weren't dead.  There were murders and an annoying little girl who was the detective.  I'm easily confused and can never find my way out of a maze.

Home Life is another in the series of Alice Thomas Ellis's collected columns written for a British magazine.  I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that the first one I read, simply called Home Life, was much better than the other two I've read.

Blood Hollow did not disappoint.  It's compelling, exciting, and satisfying.  It has lots of action.  I bought all the Cork O'Connor books in the series and am savoring them at fairly short intervals.  Ditto with the Dana Stabenow Kate Sugak series.  Always good.

I'm currently reading a chunky book, London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins.  I'm enjoying it, but it's going to take me a while to finish it.  Life intervenes.  I'm also taking a Future Learn online course on Shakespeare's World.  I've taken several of their courses, and because they're set-your-own-pace courses, I like them.  But if I get behind, I feel pressured to catch up.  They're not always in depth courses, but they're fine.

I hope you had a nice April.  May, as it begins, feels more like April than May.  Here's hoping for a warm and pleasant May, full of beautiful flowers and lots of time to read.


  1. You got through more booms than I did this past month. I am listeningnto the play Cold Comfort Farm on audio at the moment though I enjoyed the book more. Enjoy spring. We are enjoying drought breaking autumn rain here. So nice.

    1. Oops that is books not booms, haha

    2. The 'booms' did puzzle me on first reading, but I thought I figured it out. I didn't know there was a Cold Comfort play. I liked the book.
      Today is a rainy day in Philly, too - just as we're trying to plan a short trip to the Ocean City, MD, area to visit Jack's daughter. It would be nice to have a sunny day for that. We'll be close to the wild ponies on Assateague and I'd like to see them, too.
      Your wet weather provides you with an excuse for staying inside and reading!