Thursday, May 3, 2012

Books of 2012 - April

1. All in one Basket. Non-fiction by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire. A collection of essays by the youngest Mitford sister. I ended up reading parts of this aloud to Philip because they were just so witty and well-written, despite the author's constant self-deprecation as to her writing ability.

2. The German Empire 1870-1918. Non-fiction by Michael Sturmer. Brief, but precise. Read as research.

3. A Presumption of Death. Fiction by Jill Paton Walsh (based on characters created by Dorothy Sayers). Lord Peter Wimsey series mystery. The war stuff was interesting, the characters well drawn, but the mystery was somewhat lacking (as was the denouement).

4. Crystal Clear. Fiction by Elizabeth Cadell. I couldn't remember a single thing about this book when I sat down to write this post. After some memory jogging, I now remember a pleasant plot, pleasing main character (and the girl that catches his eye) and such. Nothing ground breaking but a nice little read on a rainy afternoon. (Please disregard that horrible cover. This book was originally written in 1953 and contains little, if any, objectionable material. That cover is from the 1973 paperback edition and has nothing to do with the book.)

5. The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times. Non-fiction by Jennifer Worth. An engrossing read about life as a midwife and nurse in London's East End during the 1950's. Recommended with the following caveats: contains frank descriptions of, ahem, childbirth and the corresponding body parts. (duh) One chapter also contains a horribly graphic description of a brothel, which is salacious and could have been excised from the manuscript with no loss to the integrity of the story. You'll know when it's coming and you can skip it. (There is a TV series in the UK based on this but it has not been shown in the US yet.)

6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking. Non-fiction by Susan Cain. Philip and I both read this one and we enjoyed discussing it. Now, to get all those extroverts that run the world to read this...And that's what really annoys me. We introverts have to adapt and learn to live in an extrovert society. I think it should be the other way around. (You can see Philip's review here.)

7. Rochester's Wife. Fiction by D.E. Stevenson. The sort of charming, vintage fiction that Stevenson does so well. Sadly, this one also concerns falling in love with another man's wife. The author wrote herself into a corner and I, for one, did not particularly care for how she extricated herself, but that could just be me.

8.An Experiment in Treason. Fiction by Bruce Alexander. Series mystery.  Not one of the best in the series.

Totals for April:
Fiction: 4 (including 2 series mysteries)
Non-fiction: 4

What did you read in April? Anything that should go in my May stack?

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