April was a pretty good rebound after my slower March. I really only had one epic fail. I started a book, another Lisa recommendation (that’s two fails L!), The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley. I wanted to like this one so much, but the writing was clunky and the story was so convoluted and confusing I just couldn’t do it. I read about 40% of it and had to quit. I hate doing that, because I spend time reading, time that I could have been reading something else. However, I suppose that’s part of life. Or at least reading.
However, in spite of wasting 3 days plugging through that, I still managed 11 books.
April (11 books)
1. The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin
2. I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella
3. Skin Deep (I-Team) – Pamela Clare
4. Hard Evidence (I-Team) – Pamela Clare*
5. Breaking Point (I-Team) – Pamela Clare*
6. Teen Idol – Meg Cabot
7. Abandon – Meg Cabot
8. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
9. Unlawful Contact (I-Team) – Pamela Clare*
10. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
11. Underworld – Meg Cabot
As you can see, I was stuck on a couple authors this month. Four books by Pamela Clare, three of which were re-reads. She released a new one in the series and it’s been a couple years since the last. It prompted me to re-read the back catalog. Almost. I have two left to catch up on; they are on my May list.
Meg Cabot is an author I never really read. She writes a TON of stuff, but, I’ve never really been into her. Now I realize why, turns out she’s not really a very good writer. Good story teller, sure, but not that good of a writer. I did, however really enjoy Teen Idol. It was pretty much like every fantasy I ever had in junior high and high school. The other two are a series, a re-imagining of the Persephone myth. I recently read the Goddess series by Aimee Carter, which was better, but this one was pretty good. Turns out there is a third coming.
Delirium was a book I wanted to read for a long time, I’ve heard how good it is. And it sounded good. But, well, it was kind of boring. It did pick up the pace a LOT toward the end, but only the last 10%, which was almost too late. I finished it and I’m thinking about trying the next. If it starts off at the same pace as it ended, I could do it, but I’m afraid she might just be a boring writer.
The best thing I read this month was probably I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. It was campy and British and fun and I laughed out loud several times while reading it. It was predictable and kind of crazy at the end, but I so thoroughly enjoyed the story it didn’t really matter.
The worst thing I read (aside from the one I couldn’t finish) was Beautiful Creatures. I wanted to like this. Elena recommended it, and the movie looked good, but the book was just…not. The story was interesting enough but it was so involved and over dramatic while….nothing happened. A 500+page book and there were maybe 3 chapters where something actually happened. Meh. I might still see the movie though, it could actually be better than the book.
And there you go, my April list. I’m pretty excited for May. I have several books I’m excited about in the queue. I am, however, busier than average in May, so I might not get through as many. But I’m starting with the sequel to one of my favorite books from 2012. That was Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. The sequel, which was published yesterday, and I bought on my way home from work, is Sweet Peril. Pretty psyched about that.
The grand total for the year, to date, is 39 books, which puts me on a pace for 117 for the year. I’ll keep plugging away.