What with spending most of my time on my move last month, I only read eight books and two short stories in April. Hopefully, since the move will be over in about a week, I’ll have more time to absorb books. Until then, I left Minnesota behind today and am making the long drive currently to Ohio.
But before I get into the books I read last month, a short update on my challenges for the year.
(my original post of my resolutions)
- Read 1 Indie book a month: I didn’t do this. I started a book, but I have yet to finish it.
- Read 2 short stories: I did do this.
- Read more challenging books: I did some of this, but not as much as I wanted.
- Reread some books: I didn’t do this, but mostly because all my books are packed in boxes…hopefully next month I will have my books all unpacked
(my original post on my challenges)
- The Year of Asian Reading Challenge: I read a total of 27 of my 51+ books. I only read four books this month by Asian authors (two of which were the last volumes of Death Note), but I’m still ahead in my goal
- Back to the Classics Challenge: I read a total of 7 of 13 books, as I only read one book for this challenge. Though I have only 6 books left for more than half the year, so I’m not too concerned.
- Pages Read 2019: I read a total of 2,289 words this month (I need to read about 4,000 a month), making my total words 17,121 out of my 48,000 words. Not amazing, but not as bad as it could have been considering how busy I was. Hopefully next month I can catch up.
Finally, unto the books!
- Death Note #11-12 by Tsugumi Oba (released 2006)
- my review for the entire series.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (released 2017)
- I got through about half of this book before I gave up. I tried, I swear I did, but this is one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. It shouldn’t be, but it was to me. The setting is interesting, the characters are mostly interesting, and the pacing isn’t horrible. And yet nothing seems to happen even when things happen. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and had it contained more meanings and deeper understanding of the world, I could have probably finished it. My main problem is that this book is filled with things that happen. But, like real life, things happening is not enough to be interesting. Where are any powerful themes? Recurring tropes? I’d take anything…
- Pericles by William Shakespeare (released 1606)
- my review.
- Perelandra (Space Trilogy #2) by C. S. Lewis (released 1943)
- I’m going to wait to do the review for this book and its prequal when I finish the last book.
- “Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family” by H.P. Lovecraft (released 1920) (short story)
- I’m not sure whether to take this story as a horrifying tale of a family going mad, or a slightly racism quest to discover a race of white apes in Africa. Either way, it’s a strange tale. It’s certainly not my favorite among Lovecraft’s short stories, but I didn’t hate it either.
- Out of the Silent Planet (The Space Trilogy #1) by C.S. Lewis (released 1938)
- I’m waiting to review this until I finish the entire trilogy.
- Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1) by Philip Reeve (released 2011)
- my review.
- “The Temple” by H.P. Lovecraft (released 1925) (short story)
- Hm…I wonder if this narrator is German (he certainly reminds us enough until I felt like going insane along with all the other characters in this short story). Anyway, this story hints at the existence of some great force found beneath the ocean (a.k.a., Cthulhu), perhaps the first one Lovecraft published.
- A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong (released 1957, translated to English in 2019)
- my review.
While there were certainly books I read this month I wasn’t a massive fan of, I did read a lot of books I enjoyed. I’m finding I’m reading a lot more classics recently…I just must be in a mood for classics.
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Best wishes in your life full of adventure,