So I only read five books last month, and I didn't really keep track, so that was a bit of surprising result. Then again three of those are chunky ones, and I generally enjoyed all of those with the exception of American Gods, so ain't no reason to complain.
Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón - I was apprehensive about this book mainly because a few people from my "real life" (thehehe) have read it and had some complaints, but I was happy with it. I generally don't respond well to overly dramatic, soap-opera-ish, women-portrayed-as-special-snowflakes type of books, but I think what worked for this one and tied everything together was the setting and atmosphere of Barcelona, and also the book theme. And Fermin. 4/5
American Gods, Neil Gaiman - sigh... I think I actually might have given it higher rating, had only this book been shorter. I just felt totally uninspired by the plot, by the characters, by the mythical background. Little stories here and there were the better part of the book, and one whole point out of two I gave goes to the one with the djinni and the taxi driver in New York - this one was really well done. Maybe Gaiman's a decent short story writer instead? 2/5
Honour, Elif Shafak - a pleasant surprise; review here. 4/5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling - one of the better HP books so far (only ones I've given fivers are this and the 3rd one). Things get way more serious and the teenage angst aspects aren't dominant, although they are there. Isn't Umbridge just the perfect villain? You just want to strangle her. 5/5
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows - this was a lovely read! It's bookish and literary, but by no means pretentious. Loads of likeable and charming characters, and the epistolary format was very well done. Also, one of the ladies reminded me of Drusilla Clack from The Moonstone - that was pretty awesome. 4/5
Plans for this month - I've already started both buddy reads that I had up for May, Middlesex and Hyperion, and both are excellent so far. I also want to continue, and finish, Half of a Yellow Sun. Other than that, I have no certain plans as to what I want to read. I guess I will make some kind of tentative book mountain for Bout of Books though.