A Month in Books: April 2011

I’m blaming all the travel in the last week of April and the first two weeks of May for the delay in this post.  However, the travel was great for getting back my reading mojo.  I loaded up the Kindle and off I went!

As usual, links take you to my full reviews on Goodreads.com and asterisks mark any books that are OMGSOGOODREADITRIGHTNOW.

 The Walking Dead, Book 1 (Hardcover), Robert Kirkman
4 stars
So hard to review without spoiling everything! Slightly similar to the AMC TV show, the original graphic novels are even gorier and more politically astute.  If you liked the show, definitely check out the books!

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
3 stars
Beautiful story/memoir of growing up and coming of age in Ethiopia.  The ending was a little overwrought, considering the pace of the rest of the book, but still a loving and carefully written book.

*A Life Worth Breathing, Max Strom
5 stars
I’ve already recommended this book to a couple beginner yoga students and would recommend it to anyone who’s either starting yoga, has a dedicated practice or is interested in making their life more complete and fulfilling.  Strom’s story is one to be shared.

The Walking Dead, Book 2 (Hardcover), Robert Kirkman
4 stars
In this collection, the survivors find themselves a new place to call home. It’s not long though, before internal tensions and violence threaten to destroy what little peace they’ve found. Also hints are dropped about what is causing the zombie apocalypse.

Spindle’s End, Robin McKinley
3 stars
This was a re-read from back when I was a teen.  This retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth withstood the test of time and I was delighted by how much more I picked up from it.  McKinley is one of the best world-builders out there.

The Walking Dead, Book 3 (Hardcover), Robert Kirkman
4 stars
A helicopter crash leads a small group of survivors on a rescue mission and introduces a new cast of characters.  Book 3 spends less time on zombies and more time on what monsters people can become in dire circumstances.  I don’t know what’s scarier …


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