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What are you reading in April 2016?

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We're heading into winter here in Australia and it will hopefully soon be excellent weather for curling up under a blanket with a good book.

What book, or books, are you reading this month? Would you recommend them?

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I'm partway through ADHD According to Zoe by Zoe Kessler, a book about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how affects adult women. It's very useful if you have ADHD or a loved one who does. I'm also still reading Welcome to Bordertown, a collection of urban fantasy stories which I am really enjoying, and I just finished a young adult dystopian novel called The Last Girl (review to come shortly). I'm listening to the audio book of Symbiote, the second book of the Parasitology series by Mira Grant, which is okay though not as good as the first book.

I've also been getting into reading Batgirl comics, specifically Bat Girl of Burnside, which are a lot of fun.
I've recently finished reading the Gone series by Michael Grant, and although it was great, I think I'll avoid reading series' for a while and stick with stand-alones (or trilogies) that don't get me so involved! That said, I have so many new books on my list to read at the moment, that I'm finding it difficult to decide what comes next... Maybe a crime/thriller/horror?
Iím reading, Somebody That I Used to Know Love,Loss & Jack Thompson, by Bunky King. I used to know the family, way back in the í60ís. my sister gave it to me, for a very belated birthday present, late last year. Itís easy to read, & I read a couple of pages most nights in bed, before I turn out the light.Iím 3/4 of the way through it now.
'The Oxley-Gatton Murders'.
'Why did they do it'.
'One Piece of the Jigsaw'.

All Australian True Crime. All good reads.
I've just finished re-reading The Night Circus, by a young talented American author, Erin Morgenstern. Published in 2011, I had hastily read it as part of our book club reads. But I needed to read it again as I didn't quite manage to savour this 1800's setting: the world of circus full of mystery and magic. The novel is written lyrically, with its rich prose, surreal imagery and poetic passages, along with snippets of wit and humour. Often compared with the Harry Potter or the Twilight series, there are also colourful, funny and rich characterisations, but I think the Night Circus differs in the way it is written - the prose alone is beautiful to read; the images the author gives us are easy to conjure and the circus atmosphere remains mysterious to the very end. And yet, there is definitely a main plot, with a surprising romantic turn, and sub plots too, which slowly unfold towards an unpredictable magical climax.
We all have, even just a small part of us, had that fascination with the circus - who doesn't want to 'run off' with the circus, especially as youngsters!

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