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What are you reading in April 2015?

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What book or books do you have on the go this month? Are you enjoying them?

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I'm reading 'The Cradle and the Crescent' - a book about magical traditions in the medieval middle-east and central Asia. It's a little dry at times, but its discussion of the various types of djinn legends (and the way they changed with the coming of Islam) is really cool.
Since I recently read Die Again, the eleventh Rizzoli and Isles novel, I thought I'd go back and listen to the audiobook of the first in the series. It's called The Surgeon. I tried, but it's just so nasty (a serial killer targeting women, I won't go into the specifics) that I gave up two chapters in. Now I'm enjoying Small Favors by Jim Butcher from the Dresden Files instead.

I'm partway through the second Veronica Mars novel, Mr Kiss and Tell, and enjoying that too. I'm also still reading Bad Feminst by Roxane Gay. It's good but prefer to read it a little bit at a time and have some time to think about each essay before I move on to the next one.
I started reading Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham but wasn't enjoying it at all so stopped reading part way through the second chapter. It's most unusual for me to abandon a book once I've started it, even ones I don't really like but the relief of just walking away from it was immense! I can't articulate why I didn't like it, it was just wrong for me.
So now I have gone back to an old favourite - Shardlake - and am reading the seventh book in that series, Lamentations. It's excellent and a very easy read which is exactly what I need at the moment. When I've finished that I have a Penelope Lively ready to go, but I can't recall which one - I chose it at random as I wanted to read more of her books but didn't mind where I started.
I am reading "we all wore stars", a recollection of the classmates of Anne Frank, in the Netherlands during WWII.


I am reading "we all wore stars", a recollection of the classmates of Anne Frank, in the Netherlands during WWII.


Maestro John Monash' by Tim Fischer.

A brilliant WWI tactician, whose plans could've ended the Great War TWELVE months' earlier, if PM Billy Hughes hadn't stopped him at every turn, because he was a jealous little man, who hated Jews! Monash was a Jew.
Kate Morton: The Hours. I am loving the gorgeous way she plays with words and creates lovely imagery. The story line is enthralling and I am intrigued by the mystery, she is giving nothing away and I am drawn to her plot. Her characters are like-able, realistic and entirely engaging. Due to 'interrupting it is taking longer than I thought, however I am completely hooked and positive the commitment will be worth it.

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