It’s May! Officially a quarter through the year and I’m on a reading roll. In April, I read eleven books, although almost all were experienced on audio:
- Deviant (audio) … Harold Schechter, read by R. C. Bray
- Tears We Cannot Stop (audio) … Michael Eric Dyson, read by author
- The Hate U Give (audio) … Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin
- White Tears (audio) … Hari Kunzru, read by various
- On Tyranny (ebook) … Timothy Snyder
- The Stand (audio) … Stephen King, complete/uncut, read by Grover Gardner
- Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (audio) … Patty Yumi Cottrell, read by Nancy Wu
- Exit West … Mohsin Hamid
- American War (audio) … Omar El Akkad, read by Dion Graham
- A Thousand Splendid Suns (audio) … Khaled Hosseini, read by Atossa Leoni
- The Lathe of Heaven (audio) … Ursula K. Le Guin, read by Susan O’Malley
I didn’t mean to end up with so many audiobooks, especially since I have a ton of paper books I want to get through. But I’m really into The 100 Day Project, which started April 4. It’s a 100-day-long challenge to be creative every day. I chose my pencil drawing as my project, not to create a new piece every day necessarily but to get myself into committing myself to spending time drawing. I’ll write a more in-depth post about the experience soon, but basically I’ve been listening to audiobooks while I spend all this time drawing!
Besides the drawing, getting back into my blogging here is another new goal. I miss thinking more deeply about what I’m reading, and I want to keep up my writing skills. I have a lot to catch up on as far as book posts, and I’m planning writing about concerts, CDs, food, and more too!
I was a terrible Dewey’s 24-Hour Readthon participant! I have a hard time starting at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. I only read 10 pages of Parable of the Sower, and I did finish The Lathe of Heaven on audio while I was drawing. Then my husband wanted to take a walk which, here in Singapore, can end up taking a couple-two-three hours. We walked to a gourmet ice cream shop 2 miles from our apartment, and half the way back before hopping a bus. I love how close everything can be here but the heat can be a lot to handle if you’re outside for too long. The ice cream was worth it though 😉
As for the best in April, though, I sincerely hope that everyone reads Tears We Cannot Stop and On Tyranny—super important for these times we’re having in the United States. If I could, I’d buy everyone I know a copy of these two books. Best of the month for me. All these books were good! It may take me a while, but I’m looking forward to doing individual posts on all of them.