Hello Book Lovers of Bloglandia,
So, as you might have noticed from my two previous posts, I finally got away for a vacation last month.
By the way, if you missed those posts, you can travel vicariously to the Big Island of Hawaii through my pictures HERE and HERE
And part of my vacation plans included reading some terrific books when I wasn’t snorkeling and swimming.
Well, as mentioned, the snorkeling and swimming didn’t turn out to be so great. And neither did my reading plans.
April Was a “Meh” Month for Books
I did manage to read a few books this month (six, just in case you’re keeping a tally of my reading…which would be weird, but you do you), but nothing really stood out.
There was The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was interesting enough and had a good message about loneliness and human stubbornness, but was kind of bland overall.
Then, I was so looking forward to diving into Granny’s Got a Gun by Harper Lin. This cozy mystery about a sleuthing grandma did start out pretty darn funny, but ended up being painfully repetitive, predictable, and kind of thin on plot.
And then there was Mort by Terry Pratchett, which had been recommended to me as being right up my reading/humor alley. While it did have its moments at the start, the rambling story just didn’t hit the right marks for me in the long run.
Here’s to a Brighter Reading Future
So, since I really can’t pick a Top Three Reads for April, I’m going to wipe the reading slate clean and look to the future with three new releases I’m super excited about!
Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch
(Release date 12 April)
You had me at “next installment of the Rivers of London series”.
I haven’t even read the description of this book and I know I want to read it. That’s how much faith I have that Aaronovitch will knock another humorous fantasy/mystery featuring Peter Grant and British mythology out of the park.
And because the audiobooks are performed by possibly the BEST narrator on the planet (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith), I’m waiting to “read” this one until the ear version comes in from the library. Impatiently waiting!
If you haven’t read any of this series, I can recommend it enough, so go hunt down a copy of The Rivers of London (titled “Midnight Riot” in the US for some weird reason) and jump into Peter Grant’s world…you may not want to leave!
Gobbelino London & a Worry of Weres by Kim M. Watt
(Release date 6 May)
Also my indie pick of the month!!!
I’m cheating a little bit on this one because I’m not really looking forward to it… I’ve already started it (ahhh, the perks of being an ARC Reviewer)!
Still, a chance to jump back into the world of Gobbelino, a talking cat who, along with his human gets into all sorts of magical mischief during their investigative adventures? Oh yeah, I was looking very forward to that!
If you haven’t tried out Kim’s books before…what’s wrong with you!? They’re funny, fast-paced, and full of imagination.
Since I’m a crazy cat lady as well as a junkie for snarky humor, I’d suggest starting where I did, with Gobbelino London & a Scourge of Pleasantries.
Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore
(Release date 17 May)
Okay, I’ll admit, some of Moore’s recent books have been hit or miss, but I’m still eager to give this one a try.
It’s set in the same 1940s world and features some of the same characters from his novel Noir, which I enjoyed, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one will keep my eyes flying across the page.
Well, not my eyeballs themselves. That would be gross, and painful, but you know what I mean.
If you haven’t tried Moore’s laugh-out-loud fiction before, I’d strongly suggest starting with either A Dirty Job, Lamb (The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal), or Bloodsucking Fiends.
So, what did you read in April? Anything stand out? Any duds I should watch out for? Or, are there any new releases you’re looking forward to? Let me know in a comment!
Have a great week!
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5 thoughts on “April’s Top Three Reads (or Not)”
I’m sorry April sucked for books, but hey, it’s a new month! I like your picks, especially Razzmatazz. The title itself makes me wanna do jazz hands! Fingers crossed on these reads for ya!
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May’s reading (and listening) choices are going swimmingly so far. Here’s hoping the rest of the month’s books behave! 😹
And yes, I’m afraid I’ll be hit with fits of jazz hands when I get to Razzmatazz. Also, I can remember what weird stuff Moore got up to in Noir, so I might have to re-read that one first.
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Mine too! I’ve got two 4.5’s so far, and that’s a great way to start.
Haha yes, all the jazz hands and invisible hat bowing! Sure, give the other related book a little skim. 🙂 Sometimes we need that refresher before continuing on in a series.
Ah, yes, I saw your stellar book luck so far this month…must be that birthday mojo bringing you good reads!!
Yeah, must be! Hopefully it lasts. Fingers crossed
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