March was an exhausting month so I read easy, light books to take a break. I didn’t read a single book from the basement or from my “to read” list. I decided that couldn’t continue into April – too much fluff isn’t good for me, so I tried to pick a few more “serious” novels to round it out. I am already halfway to this year’s reading goal so I think that I’m doing quite well and I read some books I liked quite a lot.
(18) Crime School, (19) Shell Game and (20) Winter House – Carol O’Connell
I started this series years ago, but never read some of the later books. They are all available as epub now so it was super easy to download them. (Lately I’ve only been reading books I can get for the reader because it is so convenient). I didn’t enjoy the later books quite as much as the earlier ones – the main character isn’t as interesting after her story gets figured out – but they were entertaining enough.
(21) Second Sight (plus a few other titles) – Amanda Quick
That fluff I mentioned earlier… I committed to reading as many of the books from this particular series as were available electronically and I’m happy to say that I am mostly done. The plot is remarkably similar between books.
(22) Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) – Lee Child
My mom sent me a bunch of books and this was one of the Lee Child books I hadn’t read yet. Typical Jack Reacher but not one of my favorites from the series. Jack was a bit over the top and I didn’t like any of the characters. That rarely stops me from reading a book so it wasn’t too hard to finish. I have a thing with reading series, so this crosses another one off my list of Lee Child “must reads”.
(23) For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
I read The Sun Also Rises a few years ago and did not enjoy it so I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. I also am generally not a far of war stories. But, despite those two things, I ended up really enjoying it. The language is beautiful and the story is really mostly about the people, less about the war (and blowing up that bridge!). I wish it had ended differently, although I really can’t see an alternate ending working.
(24) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
I absolutely loved this book. I haven’t said that about a book in a while but I felt a little sad when it ended. I would recommend reading this book in large chunks – it is too hard to follow the story if you read it only a few pages at a time because it isn’t exactly chronological – but I thought it was a beautiful story and I was completely captivated.
(25) Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
I read somewhere that this was the “Twilight for adults” – girl meets mysterious boy and falls in love, mysterious boy has a deep dark secret and can’t love her back – but with a lot more sex. I didn’t have any trouble reading the Twilight series (I read the first three books twice while I was Spain – they were that quick of a read and all I had) so I figured I had to give this a try. This book took me less than 24 hours (not of reading time, but in total elapsed time between picking it up and finishing it) and then I was upset that I had to wait to get the next book in the series. A totally addictive, guilty pleasure read and I’m worried to start the next one because I’m sure I won’t be able to put it down until its done.
I am partway through a couple of books right now so I know I’m going to finish those this month. I have the second (and soon third) books in the Grey Trilogy to read and an ever growing list of Books to Read. Lots to work through in the next month!