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April Book Roundup

May 6, 2011

April was a very bookish month for the Willses. It was my first time participating in the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, which was even more fun than I had hoped. I powered through almost four books, and had a great time staying up late, reading books and finding new book blogs and friendly readers in various corners of cyberspace.

Also, many many many thanks to Dad who encouraged me, and fed me while I was reading. Now, not quite a month later, I look at the stack of books I need to read and review– and I feel like I could use another Read-a-Thon just to catch up. To say nothing of the book reviews that deserve more than the few sentences they have, below.

Here is what I read in April:

  1. Rendezvous with Rama.- Arthur C. Clarke. Finished 4/2. Decent sci-fi. Library book.
  2. Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals- Heidi Grant Halvorson. 262 pages. Library book. finished 4/6
  3. The Company We Keep, a Husband and Wife Spy Story – Bob and Dayna Baer. Finished 4/7. Library book.
  4. Kingpin- Kevin Poulson. Hackers and credit card thieves. Fun, though. Finished 4/8
  5. The Bonus- Georgia Lowe. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Historical fiction. ARC from Planned TV Arts
  6. Thief of Hearts- Christopher Golden. Library book. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
  7. Fish out of Agua- Michele Carlo. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon.
  8. Shadows Bright as Glass- Amy Ellis Nutt. Finished 4/9 as part of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. Reviewed here.
  9. A Share in Death- Deborah Crombie. Finished 4/10. A nice, cozy British mystery.
  10. The Civilized World- Susi Wyss. Finished 4/15. ARC from Henry Holt and Company. 226 pages.
  11. *The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth- Alexandra Robbins. 312 pages. Finished 4/22. Reviewing for the Star-Ledger, I think, but it’s a stretch to include in the tech books roundup.
  12. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey- Patricia Harman. Finished 4/23 287 pages. Preferred its prequel, The Blue Cotton Gown. But- still a decent read.
  13. The Kitchen Daughter- Jael McHenry. finished 4/24. Library book. Spotted it on Sassymonkey’s book blog, got intrigued. 272 pages
  14. How Sassy Changed My Life, a Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time. Kara Jesella and Marissa Meltzer. 128 pages. Library book. Finished April 30th. Resounding… meh. Yes, I remember the magazine. I liked the book reviews. Not sure I needed to read this book.
  15. The Information Officer- Mark Mills. Finished 4/29. Dad and I both read it this month. Really interesting perspective on WWII in Malta, with a thoroughly nasty serial killer mystery.

Here is what Dad read: Note some overlap- we passed a few mysteries back and forth.

  1. The Mozart Conspiracy- Scott Mariani. Finished 4/10. “So formulaic I felt like I was watching a movie. With plenty of violence, and not all that much Mozart.”
  2. Amagansett- Mark Mills. “Mills 1st mystery, lots of East LI history and fishing lore”
  3. The Information Officer- Mark Mills. (also read by Elizabeth)
  4. The Little Stranger- Sarah Walters. Mysteries and history in English country house
  5. A Share In Death- Deborah Crombie. “Better than average English country weekend murder.”
  6. Moby Duck – Donovan Hohn. “Fascinating & personal inquiry into how plastics keep polluting our beaches.”

Here’s Jaye’s list, along with some fun commentary.

  1. One of Our Thursdays is Missing – Jasper Fforde
  2. Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett
  3. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built – Alexander McCall Smith
  4. Then Everything Changed – Jeff Greenfield
  5. Valor’s Choice – Tanya Huff
  6. The Poe Shadow – Matthew Pearl (reread)
  7. Ball Four – Jim Boutan (reread)
  8. Narbonic Volume 1 by Shaenon Garrity. (Reread!)
  9. Narbonic Volume 2 by Shaenon Garrity. (Point of interest- Jaye and E went to school with Shaenon, who is funny and talented.)

Out of curiosity, what possessed me to decide to read a 700 page military memoir, and a 400 page history on the Armenian/Azeri conflict? (This is why I had to read the Narbonic. Needed a freaking break.) – Jaye

Together, Jaye, Dad and I have raised almost $100 for the NYPL. Also, I have read a truly absurd number of books. Closing in on 50!  I’m both impressed with myself and a little alarmed by this.


For every book I read in 2011, I’m donating $1 to the New York Public Library.

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