Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Book Reviews

The latest issue of Sacramento Book Review is out and available for viewing here. More reviews are, of course, available at City Book Review.

No reviews of mine to link to this month but I've got three that'll be coming up next month.

I must be one of about four people who made a goal to read less this year but it's true. I am trying to read less. I am doing ok at that goal but what I've decided I need to add to it is a goal to review fewer books this year, also. I've realized that when one reads less one does not want to waste any reading time and I've felt so little passion for what I've been reviewing this year that it feels like my personal reading time is being imposed on. So, easy to fix: review less and that means if I'm not liking a book it can be tossed aside for another book. Yay, goals!

What have you been reading lately?


  1. 'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I like but don't love it, maybe because I've been reading a little too much Pratchett recently. Just finished 'Hunger Games' which really did keep me turning fast straight to the end.

    I don't have the goal of reading less, per se, but do have the goal of making more inroads on my TBR and not being seduced so much by new releases. Oh, the pretty, shiny, alluring new releases....

  2. I think reviewing less makes sense if you're spending time reading books that don't capture you. Goals are good!

    I'm currently reading "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff. I'm enjoying it.

    Hmm. I know you think highly of M. so the recommendation of "Hunger Games" has me intrigued. I've been trying to decide if I want to read it or not.

  3. Wowsers! A round the corner book rec accepted! Brooke made my day. To expand: I'd been unintrigued by HG forever because a) I'm not a YA reader, and b) I have a mental block about mega bestsellers. I read it as part of a deal with my boy, who loved it. I ended up liking it much more than I though I would. Good luck!

  4. @M. - I have Good Omens on my shelf. Started it years ago but it ended up back on the shelf. Just couldn't get into it.

    I so know what you mean about sticking to the TBR. I can't seem to help but do some off-roading...

    I've heard The Hunger Games is quite the page turner and that the other two ought to be passed on. When THG first came out and it hadn't hit that tipping point of Everyone Is Reading This Book I was really interested. Then my interest waned as it became a blockbuster (who can explain it?) but it's boomeranging so I think I might eventually read it. Only the first, though, too many people have told me how they didn't like the last two.

    (Look at you making waves across the continent with your recommendations! Awesome!:)

    @Brooke - Thanks for backing me up. When people ask I'll say it's on advice from my lawyer. hee! (So so bummed we aren't in town for the big day!)

    I've been looking for a Cleopatra book to read, actually. Would you recommend starting with this one?

  5. My only hesitation about recommending it would be that I know you are particular about your nonfiction, but I don't have a good feel for what you do and don't like. Schiff does a good job painting a picture of life in the city of Alexandria, teasing out Cleopatra's motivations and explaining how previous events impacted her decisions. She's clear about where she's drawing inferences as opposed to relating factual information. And I'm finding her to be a good storyteller -- I'm into it.