It’s May 1 and I’m into the final stretch of the semester at work… only two weeks until summer break, yay! April was insane busy, which is totally normal this time of year, so I’m really looking forward to classes ending soon (I still work FT hours all summer, but it’s much more relaxed around the office). I also had stuff almost every weekend, from family visiting to orchestra gigs. I jumped around in my reading a little bit so when I checked my completed books for this post it felt like a lower number than it should’ve been:
- The Thief of Always … Clive Barker
- Mind of Winter (audio) … Laura Kasischke, read by Justine Eyre
- Hausfrau … Jill Alexander Essbaum
- Columbine … Dave Cullen
I also started Still Alice by Lisa Genova on paperback from the library, and The Farm by Tom Rob Smith on audio, but didn’t finish them within April, so that’s why it probably feels like less. I’ll have those finished up by mid-May, no problem!
A few quick thoughts:
- The Thief of Always was so charming while still being wonderfully creepy, and it was a nice thing to bond with my husband over, being one of his favorite childhood books. I’m always recommending stuff to him, it was his turn to recommend to me!
- Hausfrau was just what I needed when I read it—a dark, hot, heartbreaking book. Although I have been too busy to put in my two cents at the Socratic Salon on this one, it was a real treat to look over the discussion.
- Mind of Winter‘s twist ending had me shocked and thinking about it for days. Win!
- Columbine is my fourth book of the TBR Pile Challenge, keeping me on pace! This is my best progress so far of any year I’ve participated. As horrifying as this subject matter is, I loved being consumed by a fascinating non-fiction again. Review soon…
- Speaking of the TBR Pile Challenge, its host Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting monthly giveaways and I won it this month! The prize was Green Girl by Katie Zambreno. Looking forward to it!
- I also had a blast participating in (albeit limitedly) Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on April 25. As always, I had concert conflicts, but I still tried to read as much as I could and jump in on Twitter during the day. I ended up reading 200+ pages in Columbine (over the whole weekend), not bad!
For May reading I’m looking to get through another TBR Pile book to stay on track, and I have to read at least one ebook for my own Ebook Challenge (I’m two months behind…). I’m looking at starting I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson, since baseball season is now in full swing (ba-dow! Thank you, I’m here all week). And finishing the two above, Still Alice and The Farm. I’d love to finish six whole books—I seem to be stalled out at 4–5 the last couple of months. I have a ton more books waiting for me, maybe I’ll go for Station Eleven, Find Me, or An Untamed State. I’m a mood reader so we’ll see!
How did April go for you? What are you looking forward to in May?