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Bibliofile - April

I'm slipping. I only got through 12 books in April, nowhere near the 18 I managed in March. But it brings to 41 the total number of books I've read this year.

I'm still on my Private Eye jag and Ken Bruen, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Robert Crais and Ross MacDonald contributed towards my fix for the month.

I went off the e-book grid and had to order Crais' Voodoo River from Amazon because it wasn't available in the e-book format. I've also ordered several more Crais books from Amazon just to ensure I continue his series in chronological order. Somewhat annoying they're not available in that format.

My favourite reads this week where Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Candlemoth by R.J. Ellory. Neither of these are in the private eye genre. Pilgrimage is an endearing tale of a man of a certain age who hears a former female colleague is dying of cancer and writes her a letter. He goes out to mail it and instead decides to walk the length of Britain to visit her in her hospice. It really is a heart warming story. I urge you to read it.

Candlemoth is by an author recommended by Ken Bruen's central character Jack Taylor. This is the second time I've read one of this character's recommendations. I wasn't disappointed. Ellory tells the tale of a death row inmate accused of murdering his best friend, an African-American who he's been pals with since they were 6 years old. Through flashbacks the reader learns of their enduring friendship against the backdrop of events during the 60s and 70s. It's a simple story but an enjoyable one. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

So here's the full list for April.

Sanctuary - Ken Bruen
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
Darkness Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
The Devil - Ken Bruen
Sacred - Dennis Lehane
Killing Floor - Lee Child
Voodoo River - Robert Crais
Die Trying - Lee Child
Headstone - Ken Bruen
Find a Victim - Ross MacDonald
Candlemoth - R.J. Ellory
Gone Baby Gone - Dennis Lehane

I have to say, I hate it when I get going through a book and all of a sudden I have to stop and charge my iPad's battery. Don't have to do that with a hard cover book!

So what have you guys been reading? I'm always on the lookout for something new and different.


Indigo Roth said…
Hey Dufus, hats off to you for the book count, and the breadth of the styles. I'm still endeavouring to get through my first book this year; I'm enjoying it, but I have poor reading habits, and I'm still not quite there. Last year I managed to read a lot of Steinbeck - THE MOON IS DOWN, CANNERY ROW, THE PEARL (meh), TORTILLA FLAT, OF MICE AND MEN and THE GRAPES OF WRATH - tho I struggled badly with EAST OF EDEN and abandoned it. Hemingway's THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA remains a favourite. All of these are old friends to you, I'm sure. Keep at it! Indigo
Cheryl P. said…
I am in complete awe. I read a book about every other week or so. Between reading the newspaper, the mail and my assorted blog friend's blogs...I struggle to find the time. How do you do it??? I have both the Lee Child books but haven't found time to read them yet...along with a sizable stack of others waiting as well.
meleahrebeccah said…
very impressive!!
Laughing Mom said…
Amazing reading list - my hubby is a fan of Lee Child but I haven't tried any yet.
nonamedufus said…
I have nothing but time on my hands. Would have read more but was sick this month. Congrats on the Steinbeck marathon. That'd be tough.
nonamedufus said…
Many of the books I read are 200-300 pages and take two days at most to read. Also, once I get into a book - if it's particularly good - I rarely put it down until I'm done.
nonamedufus said…
Aw, shucks, thanks Meleah. I've been lucky in choosing the books I have. Not a stinker in the bunch.
nonamedufus said…
I've come to Child just lately but I really enjoy his stuff.
Ziva said…
Oh wow, that's a very impressive list, Dufus! I'm ashamed to say I've only read four or five books in April, and most of them were trashy romance novels with lots of sex. I did read one book by a Finnish author that was really good, delved into the psyche of a young woman, struggling with her place in life.
nonamedufus said…
Delving into the psyche of a young woman, struggling with her place in life? Anyone we know?
meleahrebeccah said…
You're like the book whisperer!
nonamedufus said…
Oh, good one!
Cheryl said…
Such an interesting list of reads this month. I'm still struggling to get back in the reading saddle. I think I might need to toss this laptop into the trash to find my way back to reading. Damn that Al Gore fella and his World Wide Web.
nonamedufus said…
It's a plot. There's no bigger time waster on the planet.
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