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Reading Log: April 2014

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s May already!  I’m still catching up from the beach, so April’s reading log is a few days late.  I haven’t been in much of a reading habit since moving, which made it so much fun to go on vacation and unplug from the internet and actually have time to do nothing a all.  There were some bad weather days when we were stuck inside, but I didn’t mind too much… I haven’t been able to read so much in a long time!

Below is my Reading Log for April 2014, 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 (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

April 2014

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre 
Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul,
by Melodie Beattie
1/1/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
SH
One Man’s Meat,
by E.B. White
1/11/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
M
Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2),
by Megan McCafferty
3/12/14 4/12/14 B+
YA 
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table,
by Molly Wizenberg
4/13/14 4/23/14  A
K
C
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),
by Mindy Kaling
4/24/14 4/28/14 A
M
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,
by John Berendt
4/24/14 4/28/14 A
PB 
NF 
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,
by Maria Augusta Trapp
4/28/14 Still Reading TBD
K
M
Something in the Water,
by Charlotte Macleod
4/29/14 4/30/14 B-
HB
F

Thoughts:

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, by Melodie Beattie – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading!  Caught up after vacation and intend to keep on going.  Still a lovely way to end the day and flip through if I feel like it.

 …

One Man’s Meat, by E.B. White – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading… more like whittling away.  It’s taking forever but I enjoy reading the essays in short bursts.  Maybe I’ll finish by the end of 2014!

 …

Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2), by Megan McCafferty – B+

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

I should have taken a break after the first book, because I didn’t warm to Jessica Darling quite as much in the sequel.  She just seemed more mean-spirited this go around, although still funny.  I’m not sure what the problem was because I enjoyed the characters and plot, but it just didn’t draw me in and I had the hardest time finishing.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg – A

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

I thought this was a memoir, but it turned out to be much more of a cookbook with brief descriptions of the people and experiences that inspired each recipe. At first this rather annoyed me, but by the end it totally won me over. I cried when her dad died, I swooned when she met her husband, I drooled over all the simple but scrumptious-sounding recipes. It turned out to be a good thing that it wasn’t a memoir since most of the stories took place only a few years ago, so there’s not much room for nostalgia quite yet… I didn’t realize until the end that she only covers her childhood and wedding because that’s all that’s happened in her life so far. Not what I expected, but I ended up loving it. And as a bonus, it’s a quick read which was great for the short flights to Destin when I didn’t have much of an attention span.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling – A

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

Funny essays by comedian/writer/actress Mindy Kaling. Seemed chronological at first but veered into more random territory midway through, but I can’t say I minded. The tone was really enjoyable and conversational, which the more I think about it is probably one of my very favorite types of memoir. Perfect for beach reading, although I was too paranoid about sand to read an ebook outside.  I think my favorite chapters were about being the quiet observant kid and not peaking in high school, plus the behind the scenes of The Office writing staff.  Funny stuff!

 …

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt – A

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

I’ve had this for quite a while on my bookshelf and I finally decided to pack it as my beach read. Slow going at first until the murder trial gets underway, but the atmosphere building was fun. The characters are a hoot, although it was somewhat amusing to read about discovering Savannah and the South as if the author were visiting a foreign country.  I read every day on the beach and stayed up late one night to finish, my favorite vacation indulgence. I’ve heard the movie isn’t as good, but now I want to see it since some of the citizens play themselves… sounds too good to pass up! True crime is mighty interesting, even if the actual truth is still ambiguous…

 …

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by Maria Augusta Trapp – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  I bought this on a whim when the live version of Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood aired, and I’m finally getting around to it.  It’s fun to read the story through Maria’s eyes and of course I imagine her as Julie Andrews.

 …

Something in the Water, by Charlotte Macleod – B-

The Amateur Librarian // April 2014 Reading Log

I picked up this mystery at the condo when I ran out of books to read (I still had ebooks but I wanted a physical book too). I didn’t quite finish it before my flight home, so it was packed in my bag (I left behind a book in exchange) but my flight was delayed until the next day. So I had an extra night with my family and time enough to finish reading! As for the book itself… it was diverting, I’ll give it that, but certainly not a masterpiece. The dialogue was laughably convoluted, the mystery wasn’t very complicated, but the characters were likable enough. I enjoyed the Maine setting, but the plot was forgettable. I have to mention how ridiculous the names were, especially because there was no explanation or reason for them to be so odd–Thurzilla, Lucivee, Elva, Iolanthe, Evander… and then other names were completely plebeian like Helen, Guthrie, or Fred… Wow!

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

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