Indiana’s April Wrap Up

This was not a bad month of reading! Granted, I didn’t actually end up reading the longest book that I had planned to read. But we plan, God laughs.

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon – Review to come

After Henry by Joan Didion – Review to come

Children of the Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Review to come

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – Review to come

The Shame:

The Stranger Beside Me by Anne Rule

This one was just too dark for my taste.

I’ll be doing a bit of traveling this month, so I’m planning to try and read a bit more than usual.

First up is Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz. After reading Sex and Rage (one of Babitz’ most famous), I’m hooked on her style. It reads like a less neurotic Joan Didion and though she was writing in the 70s, her books have a timeless quality to them. I also plan to read Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel. I’ve heard lot about this one and haven’t read a memoir in awhile.

Then I finally want to get to Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, which I’ve been meaning to read since college. For our book club book of the month, Pete and I will be reading A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.

Although I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to all of them this month, I would like to reread The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

Pete’s Wrap Up

My month of reading wasn’t as fruitful as Indiana’s… but I did read three fairly long books! Still working on the other two.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – Review to come

King’s Shield by Sherwood Smith – Review to come

Children of the Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Review to come

The Shame:

Story by Robert McKee – One third through this one and loving it.

The Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft – I just started this one yesterday. I’m having fun seeing these characters again.

Work should be mellower this coming month, so I’m hoping to actually finish five or maybe six books. In addition to the shame, I’m reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, which I’m already 70 pages into and am thoroughly skeeved out by. It’s deeply weird. I’ll also be reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s first novel, Rocannon’s World, in anticipation of reading The Left Hand of Darkness eventually with our book club. Another book club pick is A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell, which I know little about but am looking forward to. When we were in Portland Maine, I stumbled upon a Ray Bradbury book I’d never heard of: Green Shadows White Whale, which is inspired by Bradbury’s trip to Ireland in 1953 to write the screenplay for Moby Dick.

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