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April booklist

Probably the shortest list I've had in my history of booklist making. I blame it partly on going to OLA, partly on Game of Thrones (both the length of A Dance with Dragons and watching two seasons of the show) and partly on, being, yanno, busy.

1. A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin

The thing about fiction is that USUALLY, you can tell where an overall plot is going, especially by the 5th book in a series. I had a pet theory about this series, and then the ending of A Dance with Dragons totally ruined that. (Probably.) But with Martin, nothing is certain and I have no idea where this series could possibly go.

Which is both frustrating and a really wonderful way to experience a book.

2. Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare

So glad this series is over now - this was a good(ish) ending to it, but I have a history of loving the first books in her series and forcing myself to struggle through the rest because I Started The Series, So I Must End It.

I do think the ending was a total copout, though.

3. Sanditon, Jane Austen

In preparation for Welcome To Sanditon, (which CAN START ANY TIME NOW, OKAY, BERNIE?) It's hard to judge an incomplete novel (I only read the chapters Jane Austen wrote herself, not any of the several continuations by others). All her wit is there, of course, but it's barely enough time to introduce the characters, much less get a real plot started.

4. My Berlin Kitchen, Luisa Weiss

Really wonderful foodie blog-turned-memoir - it seems like this concept has been done to death (Luisa admits she was inspired by Julie and Julia) and yet, almost every one I've read has been so GOOD. Luisa, if I remember correctly, is the child of an American and an Italian, spent her early years in Berlin, then moved to Chicago with her father when her parents separated. She never outright says it, but she's a 3rd culture kid - caught between two very different cultures and without a clearly defined place where she fits. Food and cooking is a big part of figuring out how combine the places that feel like home even though part of her home is always thousands of miles away.

5. Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner

This is freely available online (try Project Gutenberg), which means there is no excuse for all of you not to read it! It reminded me SO much of Five Little Peppers or Little Women. It's funny & not too didactic (at least considering the time period), but unlike a certain someone, I will warn you that it is not ALL sunshine and roses.