May 2, 2012 10 Comments
In March, I read 15 books. Some in Englis, some in Dutch. Some for review, my book group, or just for fun. I read a few very slow books. Until the 7th of the month I don’t think I finished anything while normally I have a few books on the ‘finished’ list by then. Then at the end of the month I read some slow books – I am still reading them, actually. So, not a fast month, but not a bad one, either.
Books that stood out:
My ‘best’ book this month was one that I read in Dutch, and I didn’t write an English review of it. It’s Hemel en Hel [Heaven and Hell] by Jón Kalman Stefánsson. This is a literary read about a boy in Iceland in the late 1800s.
Otherwise, nothing really stood out as absolutely brilliant. No other 5 stars, but 3 x 4.5 star books. And a lot of 4 stars. Not a bad month at all.
This is what I read
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. 4.5 stars
The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu. 4.5 stars
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. 4.5 stars
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriani Trigiani. 4 stars
The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin. 4 stars
The Taste of Tomorrow by Josh Schonwald. 4 stars
The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer. 4 stars
Dirt by David Vann. 4 stars
Sister by Rosamund Lupton. 4 stars
More Like Her by Liza Palmer. 4 stars
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. 3.5 stars
and 2 books by a beginning author.
Hemel en Hel [Heaven and Hell] by Jón Kalman Stefánsson. 5 stars
De reddingsboot [The Lifeboat] by Charlotte Rogan. 4.5 stars
This is what I reviewed too
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. 4.5 stars
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. 4.5 stars
11/22/63 by Stephen King. 4.5 stars
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. 4.5 stars
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear. 4 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. 4 stars
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff. 3.5 stars
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (DNF)
What was YOUR favorite book in March?