April was a much more satisfying reading month than the last couple of months. Mostly, this was due to finishing the bible and leaving my DailyLit subscriptions suspended (Our Mutual Friend and Daniel Deronda). Less required reading = Happier reader. Honestly, I don't care too much for Our Mutual Friend, but will probably complete it at some point anyhow. I do want to read Daniel Deronda, I was just getting bored. Maybe this summer/maybe not.
10 Books Read in April:(41 Year-to-Date)
1 for book club:
- Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle (3.5)
- The Bride's House, Sandra Dallas (3)
- Tapestry of Love, Rosy Thornton (3)
- Ten Thousand Saints, Eleanor Henderson (4/4.5)
6 just for fun:
- After Hours at the Almost Home, Tara Yellen (4)
- Leavings, Wendell Berry (Poetry) (3.5)
- The Reese Chronological Bible, Edward Reese--King James (5)
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (5)
- At Home, Bill Bryson (4)
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Cohn & Levithan (3)
1 DNF: - The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle--this was a book club selection, and I'm usually so very good at reading those whether I like them or not, but I gave myself a break this time around. This was just too dramatic and opinionated for me. Every time I read it I got more frustrated.
5 Current Reads: (2 are the same as last month)
- Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa
- Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor
- If There is Something to Desire by Vera Pavlova (poetry)
- The Troll Garden and Others by Willa Cather (short stories)
- The Story of Christianity Vol. I by Justo L. Gonzalez (nonfiction)
On My Nightstand:
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris (for Book Club)
- Townie by Andre Dubus III (current Indiespensible book)
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- many other books, but these are the top of the stack right now.
Plan for May:
- Make a dent in my Back to the Classics Challenge. I have moved those book selections from my shelf to my nightstand--the equivalent of putting them on my To-Do list. Hopefully having to look at them all the time will get me to read them.
- Catch up on some book reviews! I've fallen behind this year, but I think that May just might be my month to get back on schedule.
- Finally finish reading The Troll Garden...I don't know if you're sick of seeing it languish around my blog, but I'm sick of seeing it languish on my nightstand.