April 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

1) Moon over Soho (Peter Grant #2) audiobook by Ben Aaronovitch; narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

moon over soho audiobook

Rating: 4/5

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith continues to do an amazing job narrating this urban fantasy series. With top-notch voice acting, he really makes the characters come to life.

2) The Stand by Stephen King

the stand

Rating: 5/5

One of my favorite Stephen King books of all time. I read this book for the first time years ago so picking it up again this month was a real treat because I couldn’t really remember what happened so it was almost like reading it for the first time. It’s a chilling post-apocalyptic tale that ultimately leads to a battle between good and evil – and some parts of it really, really stressed me out. So if you like that sort of thing, I highly recommend it.

3) The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

the risk

Rating: 5/5

This was the perfect read after the heaviness of The Stand – a fun, sexy new adult romance. It’s an enemies-to-lovers romance which is one of my favorite tropes of all time and there’s a lot of funny banter and steamy moments between the two main characters.

4) The Marvels by Brian Selznick

themarvels

Rating: 4/5

A whimsical, magical read that’s perfect for bookworms who read and loved his previous two books, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. 

5) The Beauty of Kinbaku by Master K

beauty of kinbku

Rating: 3/5

This book is subtitled ‘Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Japanese Erotic Bondage When You Suddenly Realized You Didn’t Speak Japanese’ which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this book. It’s not an instruction manual; rather, it’s an in depth exploration of the history of kinbaku and the men and women (but mostly men) who have had a big influence on the art form. And, yes, there are pictures. I found the history of kinbaku quite fascinating (I love anything to do with Japanese history/culture) and there were some beautiful photographs demonstrating some artful ties.

6) The Mister by E.L. James

mister

Rating: 2.5/5

Almost a complete 180 from her Fifty Shades series, The Mister is quite tame by comparison. See full review here.

7) 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove #1) by Debbie Macomber

16 lighthouse road

Rating: 3/5

A quaint story about friends and family living in a small town and their various ups and downs as they live their lives. I found the writing to be a bit flat and the morals very, let’s say, ‘traditional’ – marriage + babies = good and divorce + not wanting babies = bad. Still, I always think it’s a good thing to read about different people/different perspectives.

8) 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery

1001 albums

Rating: 4/5

Still reading my way through the 1001 series. I felt like reading 1001 Albums gave me a better understanding of the history of popular music and I find myself listening to songs more closely.

9) Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3) audiobook by Ben Aaronovitch; narrated by Kobna-Holdbrook Smith

whispers under ground audiobook

Rating: 4/5

10) Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig

ruth27sjourney

Rating: 3.5/5

As a Gone with the Wind fan, I love reading the various spin-offs that have been published by different authors over the years. This one tells the story of Mammy, one of my favorite characters from the original story. Unlike in GWTW, slavery is not romanticized in this novel (there’s a slave auction scene which is particularly harrowing), and I feel like the author did a fantastic job delving into Mammy’s psyche and showing how she came to be the person she was in GWTW. A couple of quibbles: it had a slow start and it could be hard to keep all of the characters straight at times.

2019 reading challenge

While I was reading The Stand, I actually fell behind on my reading challenge – just because that book is so. damn. long. Luckily, I was able to catch up afterwards by reading shorter books and setting myself a goal of reading a book every two days or so. So far in 2019, I’ve read 36 books and am 4 books ahead of schedule. Yay!

Book Stats

Total Books Read: 10

Total Pages Read: 4,594

Total Audiobook Hours: 20 hours, 14 minutes

Genres – Fiction

Romance – 3

Fantasy – 2

Horror – 1

Historical Fiction – 1

Children’s/Middle Grade – 1

Genres – Non Fiction

Sexuality – 1

Music – 1

Book Formats:

Hardcover – 2

Paperback – 6

Audiobook – 2

Favorite Book of the Month: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

 

 

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