Season's Readings: April 2015

April has been a slower month on Season's Readings - partly because I've been so busy at work (we had an awards event last week and so that's been taking up lots of my time) and partly because one of the books was particularly hefty (more on that later). But I did still manage to get a bit of reading done, so here's what's been on my Kindle on this month...


Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I mentioned this on last month's post but, as I finished it in April, it's appearing here. This is the sequel to Divergent and follows Tris and Four as they deal with the aftermath of the Dauntless attack on Abnegation and the splitting up of the factions, testing their loyalties and their relationship. Whilst at points it does seem a bit like filling in before the last book in the trilogy, the character development - particularly for Tris - is good and it moves along at a cracking pace. You do need to have read the first one for some of it to make sense, but it's worth a look if you fancy a quick escapist read.

Horns by Joe Hill
I often like to match what I'm reading to where I am or the time of year, but I think that reading this over Easter must be the strangest juxtaposition yet. Horns is the story of Ig Perrish, who wakes up on the anniversary of his girlfriend's murder - of which he has been falsely accused - to find horns growing from his head and people spilling their darkest secrets to him at a touch. Whilst it's very dark and there are some particularly gruesome descriptions, it's also got a strange heart and a wicked - in every sense of the word - humour about it that make it far more palatable. Whilst some might think it's a bit quirky for its own good, if you're not squeamish and want to try something a bit different I'd suggest giving this a whirl.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I wanted to read Outlander before watching the TV series and I must admit I found it disappointing. It's slow, which is both good - it's quite rare to find a novel that takes its time these days - but equally it's quite frustrating, which the lack of character development and uneven pacing doesn't help. Part of me feels like it needs a good editor to say 'Cut it down by half, stop trying to overcomplicate it by using too many fancy words and take out 90% of the Fifty Shades of Scotland stuff' (not so much because it's badly written but just because it's constant). I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series but as a first novel I think I can forgive it.

Total books read in April: 3
Total books read in 2015: 16/50

So all in all, a bit of an odd month on Season's Readings; in the end, it's three romances, though all of very different natures. I think of all of this month's books, Horns was my favourite - it had rounded characters, was paced well and played with conventions brilliantly - but Outlander is the only one I'd hesitate to recommend.

What's been on your reading list this month? Have you read any of the books listed here?

2 comments:

  1. I would love to document all of the books I read but I am really struggling to read at the moment and there's nothing worse than trying to force enjoying a book! Hope now that the weather is getting better I'll be reading lots more!

    I do love the Divergent series though!

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    Em xx

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  2. I now need to read the 3 book in the Divergent series - I loved both Divergent and Insurgent. Too many books I'd like to read and not enough time xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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