No More Nice Girls – Lauren McKeon (Anansi, 2020)
The Regrets – Amy Bonnaffons (Little, Brown and Company, 2020)
Ducks, Newburyport – Lucy Ellmann (Biblioasis, 2019)
Apeirogon – Colum McCann (Harper Collins, 2020)
If I Had Your Face – Frances Cha (Ballantine Books, 2020)
We Two Alone – Jack Wang (Astoria, 2020)
Hold on to Your Kids – Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate
The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Books Read: 25/100
Books Reviewed: 22/75
Current TBR: 176 (previously 161)
For now, I’m suspending my self-set challenges. Mostly because I don’t really feel like I want any added pressure in my life currently. But also because I rely heavily on the library for my reading and until that re-opens, I won’t have access to books that aren’t currently in my house. (Barring buying new books of course and I definitely advocate for supporting your local independent bookstore right now, if you can. I will when I need to but we’re also in a time of some financial uncertainty so I’m not rushing to buy a lot.)
Like many others, since our world went into lockdown in mid-March I’ve found myself with less inclination to read. Theoretically, we have more time than before in which to finally catch up on our TBRs but it’s hard to lose yourself in a book right now and that’s ok. As we all adjust, I hope to find that I’m reading more.
At the beginning of March I finally began Hold on to Your Kids, since Pearl recently turned 5 and was preparing for kindergarten. I loved it and was reading eagerly along with a friend when COVID-19 hit our lives. Now it seems sort of strange to read a book about keeping your kids parent-oriented when our kids won’t be seeing their peers for the foreseeable future. Yes, it’s still an important topic. Yes, one day Pearl will return to swim class and playdates and start kindergarten. I’ll keep at this one but it probably won’t be as fast.
When we were stocking up on flour and eggs and children’s Tylenol, I had the thought that I am so glad our house is full of books. While we can’t go to the library, I have a stack of ARCs to work my way through and piles of unread books I’ve thrifted over the years. We could be in quarantine for the rest of the year and I won’t run out of reading material.
Here are 5 books from my TBR that I plan to read in April:
ARCS: Littles Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle, and Lost Boy Found by Kirsten Alexander.
From my shelves: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner
And so that was March in books. Definitely a strange month but there were some good books in there. My reading highlight was Ducks, Newburyport. What was yours? Are you able to block out the news and enjoy a good book these days? What are you excited to read in April?