Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Reading Roundup

April was a truly banner month for reading,  because a)I was away from home for some time this month with lots of reading time, b) I  had a really bad bout of insomnia on and off during the month, and used the many sleepless nights for catching up on my reading instead of stressing about how I can't sleep. 

So here goes:


Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue
The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane

Snow White Must Die, by Nele Neuhaus 
The Frozen Dead, by Bernard Minier
Blood Always Tells, by Hilary Davidson
The Son, by Jo Nesbo

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

weird fiction/horror/fantasy/sci-fi
The Hastur Cycle, ed. Robert M. Price
The Mysteries of the Worm, by Robert Bloch (ed. Robert M. Price)
The Dracula Papers: Book I: The Scholar's Tale, by Reggie Oliver (not reviewed, but one heck of a good book)

Now the rest

1)  Added to the  wishlist this month:
 crime fiction:
surprisingly, not a thing!

  general fiction/literature: 
My Beautiful Enemy, by Cory Taylor
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright
the weird, the strange, supernatural etc:
The Strange Dark One, by W.H. Pugmire
Rehearsals for Oblivion, by Peter Worthy
Blood Will Have its Season, by Joseph S. Pulver
Sin and Ashes, by Joseph S. Pulver
Fearful Symmetries, ed. Ellen Datlow
The Lady Who Came to Stay/The Elixir of Life (Lovecraft's Library), by R. E. Spencer and R.E.Ransome
The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest
The Time Traveler's Almanac, by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
The Dark Boatman: Tales of Horror and the Cthulhu Mythos, by John Glasby
The Complete Tales of Doctor Satan, by Paul Ernst and John Pelan
The Complete Adventures of Hazard and Partridge, by Robert J. Pearsall, Nathan Vernon Madison
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2014 Edition, ed. Paula Guran


again, not a thing

2) Books bought this month:

Cemetery of Swallows, by Jean-Denis Bruet-Ferreol/aka Mallock  (crime)
The Hand of Kornelius Voyt, by Oliver Onions (weird)
Revenants, by Daniel Mills (weird)
From the Fatherland With Love, by Ryu Murikami (sci-fi)
The Panda Theory, by Pascal Garnier (French fiction)
The A26, by Pascal Garnier (French fiction)
How's the Pain? by Pascal Garnier (French fiction)
The Cage, by Kenzo Kitikata (Japanese fiction)
The Case of the Sharaku Murders, by Katsuhiko Takahashi (crime)
The Last Pirate: A Father, a Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana (nonfiction)
The Day of the Owl, by Leonardo Sciascia (Crime)
The Black Coats: The Parisian Jungle, by Paul Feval/Brian Stableford (crime)
Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2), by Jeff VanderMeer (weird)
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six, ed. Ellen Datlow (weird/horror)
Snow White Must Die, by Nele Neuhaus (crime)
The Dracula Papers, Book I: The Scholar's Tale, by Reggie Oliver (fantasy/weird)
The Investigation, by Lee-Jung Myung (crime)


preorder: The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
preorder: The Narrowest Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
preorder: Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
preorder: Revival, by Stephen King
preorder: The Rhesus Chart (The Laundry Files), by Charles Stross

3) Indiespensable and Book Passage Signed First Edition books for this month (in that order):
Indiespensable: The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt
Every Day is for the Thief, by  Teju Cole

4The book group read: Due to popular demand, we moved from the end of March to the first of April to discuss Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, which we all seemed to enjoy. We spent two hours on this book.  Then in our regular meeting just yesterday, the book under discussion was How it All Began, by Penelope Lively, and I got thank yous for recommending it.  It's one of my personal favorites, and I really wanted to share. Up next  is Sandrine's Case, by Thomas H. Cook.
5) Currently reading:
weird fiction: The Complete John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman (so far, absolutely in love with it)
regular fiction: Chronicle of a  Corpse Bearer, by Cyrus Mistry (so far, so good)
nonfiction: (just starting) Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family, by Gabrielle Carey

this month I gave away 14 books! Thanks to all who gave them new homes.

that's it -- next month I have two lovely vacation weeks in Hawaii so I foresee a LOT of reading! 


  1. The reading last month is amazing, and the purchases, too. Look
    forward to the reviews.

    1. I got a little carried away, for sure. LOL. It's hard to keep my finger off the "complete your purchase" button sometimes.


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