Monday, April 29, 2019

April Books in Review

April was a very good reading month for me.  I read (15) books and posted short reviews for them as well. I was pretty happy that I got to a good number of newer books sent to me for review. (49 books YTD.

I did give up on, 3 books early on, chocking these up to my DNF list for 2019:

 - NOSA42; Joe Hill (April) - animal cruelty

 - The Hunting Game; Helene Tursten (April) animal cruelty
 - The Italian Wife; Ann Hood (April) just boring

 In April my armchair travels took me to some of the same countries it seemed: Germany, England, and a few new ones too: Amalfi Coast and Scottish Highlands. I also traveled to California, New York and Florida within the US.

I liked most of what I read but if I had to pick just (1) fiction and (1) NF it would be these:

What I Read

  1. A Bite in the Apple; Chrisann Brennan - 3.5/5 (print-library-April)
  2. Alias Grace; Margaret Atwood - 4/5 - (audio-library- April)
  3. My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter & Living with Five Felines; Gwen Cooper - NF - 4.5/5 (my shelves-print-April)
  4. Mr. Posey's New Glasses; Ted Kooser and Daniel Duncan (4.5/5) (my shelves-April)
  5.  Hello, I'm Here; Helen Frost and Rick Lieder - 5/5) (my shelves-April)
  6.  A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park; Ashley Benham Yazdani - 5/5) (my shelves-April)
  7.  Princess Cora and the Crocodile; Laura Amy Schiltz and Brian Floca - 4.5/5) (my shelves-April)
  8. I Want My Hat Back; Jon Klassen - 1/5) (my shelves-April)
  9. The Other Woman; Sandie Jones - 3.5/5 (audio - library April)
  10. Wingspan; Chris Bohjalian - 4/5 (eGalley-April)
  11. A Ladder to the Sky; John Boyne - 4.5/5 (ARC-April)
  12. The Club; Takis Wurger - 4/5 (ARC-April)
  13. The Hunting Party; Lucy Foley - 3/5 (audio-April)
  14. Inheritance: a memoir; Dani Shapiro - 4/5 (library-April)
  15. The Immortalist; Chloe Benjamin - 4/5 - book group (my shelves-April)

Fiction - 12 (5 were kids books) NF - 3 - DNF - 3

Audios -  3
eBooks  - 1
print     - 11
ARCS/Review Books - 8
audio/eBook Combos - 1
Borrowed from Library - 5
Off my physical Shelves - 9
May Plans
(so far)
Hope everyone had a great month!


  1. April was a great month for you! We have some overlap in May. I'm hoping to read Henry, Himself and really enjoyed Women in Sunlight last year... it the next best thing to an Italian vacation. Maybe I'll even have time for Daisy Jones.

  2. Great job with 15 books read. Happy May!

  3. Good number of books read, and high quality too, based on your ratings. I'm curious on what you think on The River and Daisy Jones...

  4. Most of the books are new to me so I'll have to check them out.

  5. That was a pretty interesting reading April!

  6. April was an awesome reading month for you! I have not read any of the books on your April reading list.

  7. I am hearing good things about Daisy Jones and the Six; I hope you like it

  8. I've had that Joe Hill on my TBR for ages but I think I'll skip it. I can't handle animal cruelty in books. Looks like you had some fantastic reading to make up for it!

  9. Great month! I must get to A Ladder to the Sky.

  10. I really liked INHERITANCE. It asks some really interesting questions about family and identity. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  11. I, too, loved A Ladder to the Sky. Such a wonderfully written tale! I'm sorry Ann Hood's book (The Italian Wife) wasn't worthwhile, though. I really enjoy her writing. I'm very excited about Henry, Himself. I loved Emily, Alone and plan to read it again soon.

  12. I'd like to read Ladder in the Sky and the Immortalist from your list. I'm just finishing The River now so I won't read your review until I finish it tomorrow likely


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