March Wrap-Up and April Reads

jackson-squareMarch was a whirlwind, with my trip to the U.S. taking up most of the month. I read quite a bit but not exactly as I had planned, and my regular reading habits got a bit off-track. I was able to attend a great talk given by Chimamanda Adichie in Atlanta, and I marveled over the difficulty I had finding bookstores in the U.S.–crazy! Luckily my trusty favorite used book store was still there, and I scored some books for my daughters as well as one for myself.

During the month of March I read six books:

I LOVED both I Capture the Castle and Where’d You Go Bernadette, but there wasn’t much else to get excited about in there. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk since finishing Bernadette and I really need something good to get me over it. Any suggestions?

Here’s what I’ve got lined up for April:

  1. The Quick by Lauren Owen – I’m looking forward to digging into this one, a sprawling debut novel set in Victorian London.
  2. And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass – This upcoming release picks up on characters from Glass’ first novel, Three Junes, which is one of my all-time favorites.
  3. When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon – This novel centers around the life of the daughter of Greek immigrants and her relationship to her homeland.
  4. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings – I was lucky enough to win this one in a giveaway recently, and I’m hoping to read it before I tackle Hemmings’ latest novel for review next month.

I’m participating in Carl’s Once Upon a Time reading event between now and June, and I will probably do some reading for that this month. There is also a Dewey’s coming up on the weekend of April 26th, so mark your calendars!

What are you reading this month? Do you have any other exciting plans for April?

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4 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up and April Reads

  1. Letizia

    Isn’t it sad how few bookstores there are in the U.S now? Sigh. You have a good list of books there. I read Semple’s but not the others. I just finished Dylan Thomas’ ‘Portrait of an Artist as a Young Artist’ which I liked a lot (autobiographical essays if you like that kind of thing) and just started The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.

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  2. Trish

    I’m still in shock that today is April 1st. I just can’t believe that March is already behind us! I’m glad you had a good trip–I always read much less than I think I will when I’m on trips.

    Hope you enjoy The Descendants. I keep meaning to watch the movie and I almost bought the book a few days ago (maybe it was a Kindle deal?) but I passed it up as I’m starting to feel guilt/pressure for how many books I have unread! This month I’ll finally be reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home for book club and finishing up East of Eden. Happy April!

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  3. nerdybookgirl

    I’m so glad you liked I Capture the Castle. I love that book so much. You were in Atlanta? I live in north GA about an hour away from Atlanta. Sadly book stores are scarce. It really makes me sad.

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