I can hardly believe it’s already May – I’m sure it was Christmas just a week ago! April has been an excellent month with a lot of leisure time. We’ve had an extra bank holiday in the UK for the royal wedding, so I am deep into my second four-day weekend and enjoying it immensely. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I wish royalty got married more often! It was also quite a lovely wedding. I’ve mainly ignored all the build-up and endless speculation, but found myself glued to the TV when it was happening, as it was almost like watching a real life romance. I had never expected them to look so very much in love, for whatever reason, and I find myself genuinely happy for them and hoping that this marriage actually works out.
Anyway, on to the reading! I have been doing a lot of reading with my free time, as always, plus the Read-a-thon was this month, which added up to a total of 22 books read for this month. I don’t think I’ve read so much in a month since I started working!
- The Winter Rose, Jennifer Donnelly
- These Things Hidden, Heather Gudenkauf
- A Marriage of Inconvenience, Susanna Fraser
- Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
- Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal
- Dreams Underfoot, Charles de Lint
- Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage, Jennifer Ashley
- Royal Weddings, Stephanie Laurens
- Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay
- The Dark Enquiry, Deanna Raybourn
- Must Love Hellhounds, Charlaine Harris et al
- 13 Rue Therese, Elena Mauli Shapiro
- If I Stay, Gayle Forman
- The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
- The Color Purple, Alice Walker
- Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery
- The Four Ms Bradwells, Meg Waite Clayton
- Amo, Amas, Amat, Harry Mount
- Heretics, Jonathan Wright
- Touching the Void, Joe Simpson
- The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad
- Petite Anglaise, Catherine Sanderson
My favorite non-fiction book for the month is easy – Heretics by Jonathan Wright is the obvious front runner! I’m struggling to choose a fiction favorite, as always, but I loved The Color Purple, If I Stay, The Paris Wife, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Russian Winter.
On the agenda for May, I am planning some book lists – I have never done one before, but with two potential European trips for later this year, I really want to ensure I get some good location based reading in. I’ll be posting about those as and when I make them up. I also have a number of books I’d like to get to:
- Madame Tussaud, Michelle Moran
- Lady of the English, Elizabeth Chadwick (an early review)
- A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
- Blood Work, Holly Tucker
- The Native Star, M.K. Hobson
- Shades of Gray, Jasper Fforde
- At Home, Bill Bryson
I hope I can fit all of those in and not get distracted!
How was your reading month? Do you have any plans for May?
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