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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Books of April

My reading was NOT out of control in April, although I did still read quite a bit–sixteen books. But that’s because I’m me.

This month still had a lot of re-reads, but that’s mostly because I found several series I’d been wanting to re-read available from Overdrive with a WV library card. (SCORE!)

As for new books, I quite liked the newest Brunetti mystery by Donna Leon, Earthly Remains. I don’t think this is a good book for someone not familiar with the series, but for a long-time reader of the series, I really enjoyed this book. I also finally read the fifth book of Sergei Lukyanenko‘s Night Watch series–I still have to read the sixth and final book, but I wanted to mull over the fifth book before reading the last.

I finally got around to reading Ilona Andrews‘s Magic Stars, which is a lovely gift to long-time readers of the Kate Daniels series, but I’m not sure it’d be a good entrance for newbies.

Mystery

Guido Brunetti
Earthly Remains (2017) Donna Leon (Rating: 8/10)

Peter & Rina Drecker by Faye Kellerman
Grievous Sin (1993), Sanctuary (1994), Justice (1995)

Elvis Cole by Robert Crais
Sunset Express (1996), Indigo Slam (1997), L.A. Requiem (1999), The Last Detective (2003)

Fantasy, Urban

Grey Wolf
Magic Stars (2015) Ilona Andrews (Rating: 8/10)

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko translated by Andrew Bromfield
Night Watch (1998/2006), Day Watch (2000/2006), Twilight Watch (2006/2007), The Last Watch (2009)
New Watch (2012/2013) (Rating: 8/10)

Audio Books

Promised Land, Audible Edition (1976/1987) Robert B. Parker narrated by Michael Prichard
The Judas Goat, Audible Version (1978/1987) Robert B. Parker narrated by Michael Prichard

Now, onto the stats!

14 ebooks & 2 audio books. 10 of those stories were re-reads, and seven of those books I own in multiple formats. (With the death of Shelfie, the number of ebook purchases when I already own the paper format is going to go down pretty solidly.)

Genre had 10 mysteries and 6 fantasies.

Gender sees male authors catching up for the year, with 11 male authors, 4 female authors, and one jointly-written book. That puts men up 44:39 for the year. That trend will probably hold for awhile, while I finish the Elvis Cole series, but I new Jane Yellowrock book did just come out, and that might shift what I want to read.

And those are the books of April!

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