The Mercies – Kiran Milwood Hargrave (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
Lost Boy Found – Kirsten Alexander (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)
The Moment of Tenderness – Madeleine L’Engle (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (Anchor Canada, 2016)
Little Eyes – Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books, 2020) (translated by Megan McDowell)
Moonfleet – J. Meade Falkner (Puffin Books, 1994)
Beach Read – Emily Henry (Berkley Jove, 2020)
A Registry of my Passage Upon the Earth – Daniel Mason (Little, Brown and Company, 2020)
Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood – Emma Hansen (Greystone Books, 2020)
DID NOT FINISH:
Forty Autumns – Nina Willner
I read about 50 pages of this book someone loaned to me before I gave up. The premise – generations of a family divided by the Iron Curtain after the Second World War ended in Germany – interested me but the actual story felt very….American. Displays of American prowess in the Cold War interest me very little, it turns out. And while I have no doubt that life worsened for many German families under Soviet rule, it felt uncomfortable to me to laud the country’s previous management, that being, you know, Nazi Germany.
Hold on to Your Kids – Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate
The Penguin Book of Mermaids
Books Read: 34/100
Books Reviewed: 30/75
Current TBR: 172 (previously 176)
While March seemed to last forever, April flew by. I had hoped to read more but ended up spending more time with Moonfleet than I intended, simply because I didn’t enjoy it very much. I’m also feeling stuck with Hold on to Your Kids; I probably read a chapter over the entire month. If I don’t find myself reaching for it in the next week, I’m going to shelve it until all this is over and it looks like my kid might one day go to school.
My April reading highlights were definitely The Mercies and Homegoing.
As I did last month, I’ve chosen 5 books from my TBR that are already in my house to read for May, both a mixture of ARCs and books I’ve collected over the years but have never read.
ARCs: Drifts by Kate Zambreno, Shiner by Amy Jo Burns (both have pub dates in May)
From my shelves: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong, How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
I’m also planning to participate with Melanie at Grab the Lapels and read Flannery O’Connor. I don’t have the Complete Short Stories that she’ll be reading but I do have an O’Connor story collection and have bookmarked the dates for the various stories. (Find out more from her post here.)
What were your April reading highlights? What are you looking forward to reading in May? Have you bought any new books recently?