I had a really good reading month, especially compared with the last two. I read 10 books which I mostly enjoyed.
Books read in April:
- An Abbrevitaed Life by Ariel Leve: 2,5 out of 5 stars
- Not That Bad eNotificationsdited by Roxane Gay: 5 out of 5 stars
- The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh: 4 out of 5 stars
- Florida by Lauren Groff: 4 out of 5 stars
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: 3 out of 5 stars
- The White Book by Han Kang: 4 out of 5 stars
- Women & Power by Mary Beard: 3 out of 5 stars
- Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells: 4 out of 5 stars
- My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferries: 4 out of 5 stars
- Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S. A. Corey: 3 out of 5 stars
I also DNFed Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, a book I had been looking forward to for ages but could not get on board with (I found the stories mean-spirited, one-note, and unpleasant in an unkind way).
Favourite of the month:
Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay; there is no question about this. I found it important, moving, exhausting, brilliantly written, and just necessary.
I also really enjoyed Florida, The Water Cure, and My Favorite Thing is Monsters; three very different but wonderful books.
I finished ten books with 3121 pages. Of these ten books, eight were written by women, one by men, and one was an anthology. I read four non-fiction books and six fiction. Of these six fiction books two were science fiction, one was fantasy, one a general fiction short story collection, one a literary fiction novel with (maybe?) dystopian elements, and one was a graphic novel with both noir and horror elements.
How did I do with my TBR:
I read four books of my TBR and finished three books I had started last month. I think this was the last month I set myself a TBR though because it is just not working for me at all. I love reading other people’s TBR and I love creating a TBR but I am too much of a mood reader for it. I have started feeling guilty about ignoring books on my TBR and that just is not helpful.
I might do more short term TBRs, for weekends say or bank holidays, and I will continue to write up the ARCs I still need to get to. I am also thinking of choosing a book a month of my shelves by reading the first chapter of a few (like I did a couple of days ago when I picked number9dream).
Most of the books I am currently reading are stressful and/or infuriating . I really need to read something light and fluffy. But I am not sure I own all that many light and fluffy books. Also my Kindle died yesterday, and all the fluffy books I owned, were on there (I don’t know what that says about me).
(Some of the) Blog posts I loved:
Steph’s wrap up for the month of April is well worth reading.
What’s Non Fiction’s review of Chasing Hilary Clinton is so very thoroughand SO worth your read.
Speaking of recommendations, Callum is back with another brilliant set, this time for dystopian fiction.
Rachel wrote a super interesting discussion post on why she personally does not DNF.
Laura wrote an absolutely brilliant review on a book I am super interested it: Eloquent Rage.
How was your reading month? What was your favourite book?