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Reading Log: April 2012

It’s time for another monthly update on my Reading Log!

So here’s my Reading Log for April 2012, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month of April, even if I started some of them outside of this month.  Also, I like to give a rating to each book I read and I like to keep track of the binding of the book, don’t ask me why.

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.

With my new job starting this month, I felt like I didn’t have much time to read, but I remembered how much of a stress relief it is to find an engrossing read.  So now, word for word, straight from my diary:

Title Start Finish Thoughts Grade/
Format
Pope Joan,
by Donna Woolfolk Cross
4/1/12 4/15/12 Second book club read, for April.  Legend of a female priest in the Dark Ages–with more historical documentation than King Arthur!  Interesting plot, although the writing wasn’t anything special.  When the plot was good, the writing was forgivable, but when the plot was slow it was a bit excruciating to read.  Reminds you of how brutal the Middle Ages were and how barbaric the church could be, all the more so compared to the civilization of the Ancient Greeks before them.  The author’s note about authenticity at the end was helpfully informative, although I was puzzled about some of her decisions to make changes to history when it didn’t seem necessary.  Plus, she updated some anachronisms in the second edition, which I can’t help but wonder–why didn’t her research reveal those inaccuracies during the seven-year writing process, instead of relying on reader reactions?  Overall, interesting concept that could have been carried out better. C+

PB

101 Patchwork Patterns,
by Ruby McKim
4/15/12 4/15/12 Fun little book for some traditional quilt patterns.  I enjoyed the funny commentary, since it was written in 1962, but it was a little disorganized.  Chapters on the steps of quilting were scattered randomly among the patterns, and directions for each block were not consistent.  For instance, sometimes there would be a mention of the block size, and sometimes not.  Fun reference to have on hand, though. B+

PB

A Live Coal in the Sea,
by Madeleine L’Engle
4/17/12 Still reading – so far, not L’Engle’s best, but still interesting. PB
Eight Hands Round: a Patchwork Alphabet,
by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
4/21/12 4/21/12 I found this picture book in the school library where I used to work, and I found myself wanting it for a new quilt project.  I ordered it on PaperbacSwap and enjoyed reading each page again, although the history behind each block is a little more vague than I remembered.  I guess quilting was women’s work for so long, and the history was mostly handed down by word of mouth rather than written down.  Still an informative, colorful look at early American quilt blocks. A

PB

The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days with Projects Kids Can Make,
by Mary Cobb and illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
4/21/12 4/21/12 I love non-fiction picture books, because they’re so straightforward and informative!  If you ever want to learn a new craft, go for a children’s book!  This book told the story of pioneers settling in the West, linking history to the many quilt blocks that originated during that time period.  There are also paper crafts along the way, although I was mostly interested in the blocks.  Very colorful, easy to follow, and full of facts! A

PB

Among Others,
by Jo Walton
4/23/12 Still reading – Enjoying this a lot, it feels great to find an engrossing book again! K

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of April.  Anyone else reading a good book?

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One thought on “Reading Log: April 2012

  1. Oddly enough, I don’t think I’ve read “A Live Coal in the Sea” yet. I’m a fan of L’Engle’s writing. I’m more impressed every time I re-read her books.

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