Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April 2013 Recap: Books Read

Wow! April was a long month... wasn't it? So much happened that it feels as if the month lasted forever! I began the month going through a 'reading funk,' but somewhere along the line the gods took pity on me and I was able to concentrate on reading again. Of course finding books that caught and held my attention from beginning to end helped too!

Here are the books I ended up reading in April:

Total Books Read: 15
 Contemporary: 5
 Historical Romance: 3
 Science Fiction: 1
 Poetry: 2
 LGBT: 4

Death by Silver by Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold: A
Looking for The Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco: B+
Tales from the Sexual Underground by Rick R. Reed: B+
Here Comes the Bride by Pamela Morsi: B
My Dear Watson by L.A. Fields: B
Senegal Taxi by Juan Felipe Herrera: B
"The Fountain" Asimov SF Magazine G. David Nordley: B
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts: C
Against the Odds (Novella) by Lisa Kleypas: C
A Family Affair by Mary Campisi: C-
Higgins, Kristan - The Best Man by Kristan Higgins: D+

Upcoming Reviews:
The Favor by Megan Hart
Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long
When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (Re-read): A-

My favorite book in April was Death by Silver by Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold. I read the book and loved it so much that I wrote my review immediately and had to post it early. I don't usually do that! The other book that really touched me was the small poetry volume by Richard Blanco, Looking for The Gulf Motel. I know that many readers don't go for poetry, but I can't see too many not enjoying Blanco's narrative, biographical style. 

Tales from the Sexual Underground by Rick R. Reed was a particularly memorable book. I read it while commuting back and forth from work and some stories were a hoot! "Sick Day" anyone? Reed combines non-fiction essays with some of his fiction stories. Both essays and fictional pieces explore extreme sexual subjects which Reed manages to imbue with raw humanity, dark humor, and straight forward candor. Excellent full-length review at Indie Reviews!

Of my C & D reads the most memorable are Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts because Roberts is a favorite writer whose latest release turned out to be an average read for me, and The Best Man by Kristan Higgins because, don't we always remember books that end up as major fails? I do.

That is it for my April recap. I look forward to May and more great reads!


  1. Great recap, Hils. I had a productive reading month too.. sadly only blogged six times in April! Oops. No wonder I feel so out of touch with everyone. Because I HAVE BEEN.

    Disappointed to hear about Whiskey Beach.

    How sweet to see Kleypas' Dreaming of You an A- reread!

    1. Christine, the great thing is that you had a productive month! You can always blog about it in Apri, lol! But yes, we missed you!

      Whiskey Beach was an average read for me -- a shame after The Witness. But, Nath says she enjoyed it more than I did. So who knows? You may enjoy it too. :)

      Dreaming of You! That's a great read for me... it helped me get out of the 'reading funk.' ;P

  2. Well, if you're going to re-read, Kleypas' DREAMING OF YOU is an excellent choice! Makes me want to pick it up again too. :)

    I'm curious to hear what you thought of THE FAVOR. I love Hart's writing.

    1. Leslie, yes! Dreaming of You was SUCH a pleasure to re-read. I savored it like no other time... read it slowly this time instead of gobbling it up. :)

      Hmm.. The Favor. I read it too early (couldn't help it), but will definitely post my review. Are you going to read it? Did you read it? You should. :D

  3. I've requested it from Netgalley. Couldn't resist. :)

    1. LOL, Leslie. I haven't requested anything from NetGalley for 2 years (too many books in my TBR) and this book tempted me to go back. *g*


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