April reading report

I'm happy to report that I had another good reading month. It wasn't quite as prolific as March, but with all that I had going on, I was proud of myself for keeping up the habit. I'm still enjoying Goodreads for tracking and reviewing all the books I'm reading during this year. Here's what I read in April:

50 Great American Places by Brent D. Glass

Here's my Goodreads review:
5 out of 5 stars
Read from April 02 to 09, 2016

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I was expecting it just to be a list of sites to see with a few details about each one. I was delighted to find that each site came with a history and most of them were quite lengthy and very interesting. There are many places that I would have never thought of putting on a travel list but the author did a great job of explaining the significance of each site.

My only complaint about the book is that I thought the forward by David McCullough was a little on the obnoxious side. He basically spent the space saying that he wished he had thought to write the book and then talked about the other sites he would have included.


Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation and Theme Parks by David Koenig.

Here's my Goodreads review:

4 out of 5 stars
Read from March 23 to 29, 2016

This was a fun book to read because I love Disney movies and it has been helpful to read while we are doing our big 50 Disney movie review project for Toy to the World. It was interesting to learn the backstory behind the productions and it did change my view on a few of the classics. For instance, I had no idea how much most of the animators loathed working on Sword in the Stone. That made me a little sad since I've always loved that movie. I still enjoyed the inside view and wished that it was updated to include today's classics as well. It starts with Snow White and ends with Tarzan.


Rogue Partners - A Short Story by John Grisham

Here's my Goodreads review:

4 out of 5 stars
Read from April 04 to 05, 2016

I don't usually read short stories but I was contemplating reading a Grisham novel again and thought this would wet my appetite. Some of his more recent books haven't been as entertaining for me so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one. I paid $1.99 to read it on my Kindle app and I enjoyed it. It wasn't as gripping as his early works, but still entertaining with good characters. 

Once I finished this story, I bought the Rogue Lawyer novel so it seems like this was a successful approach for Grisham to take as an author.

As of the end of April, I'm already more than halfway through the goal I set for myself this year. Woohoo!