April Reading Wrap Up
Welcome to my April reading wrap-up:
Total of Books Read in April was: 14
Of these: I borrowed no Library Books, 7 were E-books and 7 were from my physical TBR pile
Then: I discovered 9 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).
And: 6 of the books read were written by Australian authors.
Best Book of the month:
I had 3 ‘A’ reads this month and they are all different genres, and each of them worthy books to recommend. My top book for April though, has to be RONAN’S ECHO by Joanne van Os, a story that was very timely for our recent ANZAC commemorations and hit the emotional connection for me. Mind you both of the other 2 ‘A’ reads were super special too, so PANDORA JONES: ADMISSION by Barry Jonsberg was the best Young Adult/Science Fiction book (due out in May so look for it in your favourite book place); while THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER by Jael McHenry was a great example of Magic Realism.
Least Favourite Book(s):
As usual I must explain that I say ‘least favourite’ because my lowest ‘score’ still means it is very readable, but for one reason or another I found it a bit of struggle to stay focused and finish. I don’t have one of these every month – but this month I actually struggled with a few, and all for different reasons. There are two though that almost got put down unfinished as I was just rolling my eyes and ready to slap the narrators for their attitudes and these were ‘Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand’ by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and ‘Straying from the Flock: Travels in New Zealand’ by Alexander Elder. If you are thinking of going to New Zealand and want to read background information only read these if you are willing to put up with both men being so much better people than you and not afraid to mention it.
As usual I read a wide range of genre this month as I am a very eclectic reader. The genres I read this month were firstly the 2 dreadful non-fictions! Then the other genres were Romance, Paranormal, Historical, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery and Magic Realism. Some were a blend of more than one genre, and a couple were YA focussed.
My Australian authors for April were 4 of the new-for-me authors Barry Jonsberg, Hannah Kent, S.W. Lothian and Kaye Dobbie as well Joanne van Os and Honey Brown. Just to clarify an Australian author is defined by me as either an Australian born author no matter where they live and write in the world now, or an author who currently lives and writes in Australia even though they may have been born elsewhere. Interestingly – both Joanne van Os and Barry Jonsberg live in my home town, and were both ‘A’ reads; so the NT writers are writing damn good books!
Finally, the 9 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were my Aussie authors Barry Jonsberg, Hannah Kent, S.W. Lothian and Kaye Dobbie along with Jael McHenry, Gabrielle Zevin, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Alexander Elder and TaraShea Nesbit. With the exception of the last two, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Alexander Elder, I would happily read all of these authors again.
Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:
· Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner tells herself (and us) not to succumb to the stress of realising we are never going to be able to read every book out there.
· While over on Huff Books Zola Books counsels literary snobs on how to stop being so judgmental about the romance gender.
So let’s get onto what this post is about – here is the list of books that I read during April:
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
Ronan’s Echo by Joanne van Os – Historical
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry – Magic Realism
Pandora Jones: Admission by Barry Jonsberg – YA Science Fiction
B = Really Good Read
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – General Fiction
Previously Loved Treasures by Bette Lee Crosby – Contemporary Christian Fiction
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
Time Square: The Shift by S.W. Lothian – Young Adult
Through The Cracks by Honey Brown – Mystery
Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie – Contemporary/Historical Romance
If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell – Paranormal Mystery
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit – Historical
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson – Non-Fiction
Straying from the Flock: Travels in New Zealand by Alexander Elder – Non-Fiction
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Historical
Shanghi Girls by Lisa See – Historical
So onward to May – Whoo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies will I discover this month?