This Month in Reading

Each month we round up the best things we have read. April

Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 12 books in April, plus one I quit.

  • Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews – 4 out of 5 stars. The fifth book in the Kate Daniels series. I’m still enjoying them!
  • Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh – 3 out of 5 stars. Decent novel about three wives of one man (not concurrently!), and what kind of man he is.
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – 0 out of 5 stars [quit]. I tried. I liked Remains of the Day, and Never Let Me Go is actually one of my favorite books. However, I could not read this one. The writing was so boring for me.
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – 4 out of 5 stars. Interesting, and slightly scary, look at public shaming on the internet (please don’t turn on me, internet!).
  • Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver – 3 out of 5 stars. It’s about sisters… and… stuff. Don’t want to give anything away. Decent, though not as good as some other stuff by her.
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons – 3 out of 5 stars. In this first of a four-book series, seven pilgrims go to a new planet, they tell some stories, and they arrive on the planet. That’s it. Yep. But happily, the stories (which are the bulk of the book) are pretty interesting. But I still downgrade it for having the conceit of a present-time plot yet doing nothing with it.
  • Saga, Volumes 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 or 5 stars each (2 and 4 were 5 stars). Some friends recommended Saga. I LOVE it. The art is fantastic, the concept is great, the story is intriguingly different from a lot of other graphic novels, and it’s kind of weird, which is awesome.
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn – 3 out of 5 stars. I’ve seen the movie and the book isn’t much different. But I liked it okay.
  • Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman – 3 out of 5 stars. SO disappointing for the sequel to Seraphina, which was a great book. This one was just okay.
  • All Marketers are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World by Seth Godin – 3 out of 5 stars. There’s a lot of repetition in here, but some good examples and tips about branding and storytelling for marketing.

Jeff’s Reads


Books – I read 10 books this month.

  • Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews – I think this book might mark the point where Andrews has developed her world enough that the plot can start to drift away from the typical urban fantasy plot structure. I enjoyed it.
  • My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård – First of six autobiographical novels. I understand that this book made something of a stir in Norway.
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – Rachel was right to quit. What an aggravating writing style.
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – Keep your head down and hope the internet doesn’t destroy you. I probably shouldn’t even be speaking to you.
  • Oranges by John McPhee – A very interesting book about oranges, I just wish it wasn’t, like, fifty years old.
  • Saga, Volumes 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan – Great art, worth a read.
  • Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson – One of Sanderson’s “I’ll write a novella to take a break from writing novels” books. Intriguing magic(?) system as always.

What did you read in April?

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