My last reading recap was for the end of February, so this round up includes everything I read in March and April. The boys have started reading the Oishinbo series as well, so I had to read these last three fast because they kept asking me if I had finished them so they could read them, ha!
After reading The Mysterious Mrs. Christie, I really wanted to dive back in to the true nature of Agatha Christie’s novels and picked up one of the few Hercule Poirot driven books that I haven’t read “Third Girl“. If you are looking for a classic Christie mystery this fits the bill.
One of the ways that I stay invested in reading is to switch up what I read and the formats that I read. If you love food and Japanese culture, The Oishino book series are a terrific compilation of a long running Manga series. They provide a great view of not only different food etiquette, but also different controversial food happenings that are reflective of different times in Japan.
I listened to a podcast featuring the authors of Black, White, and The Gray, and was excited to read the book. It was okay. If you read the backstory on the creation of the book (and I would suggest that you do), the balance of narrative make a little more sense, but honestly, I would have loved more of Mashama’s voice in the entire book.
I have been looking forward to the latest Maisie Dobbs’ novel since I finished the last one in 2020. If you love the series this one didn’t disappoint. I have found each of the books to be really well written, and I’m always impressed at the development of the historical side of the novels.
After the passing of Beverly Cleary (whose books I adored as a kid), I decided to read one of her memoirs A Girl From Yamhill. It provides a full picture of her perspective of her life growing up, but it is important to note that this only covers her child-young adulthood (I was expecting it to cover her book writing).
I have had The Moment of Lift on my list to read for a long time, and I took so many notes, and marked so many passages that the boys asked me what I was doing because I was writing so much down while I was reading it. I read direct passages out of the book to my students in our discussion of work and culture, and would highly recommend it.
My final book I read in April was The Nature of Fragile Things. Wow. You just need to prepare yourself to read this all in one sitting. I kept staying up way past my normal reading time at night in order to get to the next chapter, and the next. It’s really interesting, unexpected, and just a great read.
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