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April Reading — more than a little late!

It has been crazy at work and at home, so I am just now getting around to posting my April reading.

One non-fiction book: Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol. 1 by Lafcadio Hearn.  This was a very interesting book written by an interesting man.  I read it largely to see what I could learn about ancient Japan, and I learned a lot.  I am glad I read it.  I have started volume 2, but I can’t seem to focus on it right now.

I read a number of novels, most of them real light reads:

  • The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox was fun.  Funny, even!  At times I had a little trouble following it because so much was happening, but I enjoyed the book overall.
  • Death of a Dapper Snowman by Angela Pepper was fun and a pretty good story.  I had a little trouble with a main character named Stormy Day (Not to be confused with her sister Sunny Day!) but that is about the worst thing I can say about the book.  Stormy was a hoot!
  • The Lanvin Murders by Angela M. Sanders was a fun read.  A woman who runs a vintage clothing store stumbled over a dead body.  The case is quite complicated, but she figured it out in the end — of course!
  • The Gold Bag by Carolyn Wells was an excellent story that kept me interested the whole time.  Part of that may have been because I read Ms. Wells book on writing in March, and she referred to this book a lot in that one.
  • Just Add Trouble by Jinx Schwartz  was a little bit of a disappointment.  I had a hard time connecting with the main character.  I am not sure what it was that bothered me about her and the story, but something did.  Maybe it was that she seemed to always need someone to help her out of the jams she had gotten herself and others into.  I may try another of this series, but it won’t be any time soon.
  • Death Runs in the Family by Heather Haven was a good read.  I liked the idea of a family-owned private investigation firm.   The characters were interesting, and the story kept me guessing right up until the end.

I only read one short story last month: “Rashoumon” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Again, it was Japan research that led me to pick it up.

I listened to three audiobooks:

I got all the audiobooks from Librivox.org.  Check them out.

May has started out as a terrible month for reading.  I don’t hold out much hope for it, what with trying to get ready to move and finishing the school year and spending much of every weekend on the road.  I also am having trouble focusing. I have started about six books but can’t seem to finish any of them!

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