I honestly have no idea where April went. We'll be halfway through the year before you know it...
Anyway, I had a particularly good reading month in April, not because of the amount of books I read, which was 10, but as regards quality... not everything was brilliant but a lot of books were very good indeed and that's a really nice thing.
29. Mail Obsession - Mark Mason. Non-fiction. Not reviewed but this was a delightfully quirky book about the author's trip around the UK visiting every postcode region in the country. Loads of fascinating facts about all kinds of things, and quite funny in places.
32. Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come - Jessica Pan. Non-fiction, not reviewed. The author is on a quest to get out more and make more friends because she's a 'shy introvert' and this leads to a lot of loneliness. She's unable to strike up conversations with strangers, go to parties where she doesn't know anyone, that sort of thing. As an introvert I understood but I'm not a 'shy' one, I will happily speak to anyone and have listened to more life histories from complete strangers than I've had hot dinners. Interesting book, but I did find the sections about stand-up comedy and improv. a bit tedious.
34. A Scream in Soho - John G. Brandon (To be reviewed.)
35. The Library - Bella Osborne (To be reviewed.)
36. Bringing in the Sheaves: Wheat and Chaff From My Years as a Priest - The Rev. Richard Coles. The author is well known as a Radio presenter and occasional TV personality, appearing briefly on Strictly several years ago. I thought his was oddly put together until I realised it was written as a series of thoughts and meanderings about The Church of England, being a priest within that institution, religious festivals etc. but also about life in general. I found it very thoughtful, funny in places, and it made me like him even more than I did already.
So, as I said, a pretty good reading month. Seven fiction and three non-fiction books were read. These were the three standouts:
The Blood Gospel was a rollicking good supernatural adventure yarn that I absolutely devoured.
Winter in Paradise was full of family secrets with a wonderful setting in the US Virgin Islands.
The Library by Bella Osborne is a tale of how two people, an old age pensioner and a sixteen year old boy, meet and connect via the local library and books. Wonderful.
Honorable mentions go to The Wizard's Butler, A Scream in Soho, Mail Obsession and Bringing in the Sheaves.
So, onwards and upwards into May, a month I like very much as it's not usually too hot and the spring flowers everywhere are glorious. I hope you find some excellent books to read this month.