How was your reading in April?
April was a good reading month for me. Mainly because I was stuck at home like everyone else.
I also didn’t binge watch Netflix over the last few weeks. Not that I didn’t wish I could have. 🙂 We live in the country so normally we have slow internet. Add three kids doing online college classes along with everyone else on our street using the internet, and you have really bad, almost nonexistent at times, internet.
The upside of poor internet is my reading life though. I turned to books instead of T.V. shows and movies.
I read ten books in April. I enjoyed most of them and loved several of them.
Home Fires is the true story the Women’s Institute, also known as the WI, in Britain during WWII. It shares the story of the sacrifice that women had to make during the war. The WI is mostly known for making jam during WWII, but they did a lot more. They planted gardens, raised livestock, sewed clothes, mended clothes, wrote letters, and so much more. This was a great book to read during the current times because it was a reminder of how much we take for granted.
Garlic and Sapphires
I read Garlic and Sapphires after reading and loving Save Me the Plums. I wanted to love this book because I really enjoyed Save Me the Plums. Garlic and Sapphires was good, but I didn’t think it was as good as Save Me the Plums.
The Governess of Penwythe Hall
I enjoyed this one for a fun light read. The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a totally predictable proper romance book, which means it was a clean romance. It was slightly cheesy, but it was just what I needed for a mindless fun read.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist Of Auschwitz has been in my TBR pile for awhile. A friend read it and really liked it, so I bought it over a year ago. I picked it up last week and read it in two days. I loved it! I am picky when it comes to fiction, but this is based on a true story, and it reads like a true story. I loved this one so much that I bought the second book Cilka’s Journey
The Fountains of Silence
I picked The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys for one of my Book of the Month picks. I didn’t have high hopes for the book. I had started another book by Ruta Sepetys but never finished it. I am kind of picky on my fiction, so I wasn’t sure if I would like The Fountains of Silence or not. Right now I am trying to read from my TBR stack, which is quite large. I recently picked this book up and couldn’t put it down. I loved The Fountains of Silence.
Victoria is a novel, but you can tell that the author knew her subject well. After finishing the book, I knew that I wanted to know more about Queen Victoria, so I ordered a nonfiction book about her life. For me, a good fiction book leaves you with the desire to know more about the subject. Victoria did just that.
The Splendid and The Vile
I loved this book! It was long. I probably would have finished a few more books this month if I hadn’t tackled The Splendid and The Vile, but it was so worth it. I told me husband that he needs to add this to his TBR list.
I am not sure when I bought this book, but I had it in my TBR pile so I picked it up. I really enjoyed it. It was nothing ground breaking, but it was full of reminders about what friendship really is. It was a good reminder that we are often looking for perfect friendships or have a certain picture of what friendships should be. What we think it should be is often not what it should be. Friendish was just what I needed to give me perspective on some things that I have been struggling with.
The Son of David
This was a book that I read as part of a Bible Study this spring. The Bible Study got canceled, but I still finished the book. I thought The Son of David was a thought provoking interesting book and study.
The Blue Castle
Grace has been trying to get me to read The Blue Castle for several years. She loved it and thought I would too. I finally picked it up this month and I agree with her. The Blue Castle is a great book. I wish I would have listened to her and read it before now.
What books have you been reading?
3 thoughts on “April Reading”
This is a great list! I might try Garlic and Sapphires- I also really enjoyed Plums. The recipes made me hungry!
I’ve seen Home Fires a few times and wondered about it. It must be a PBS show too? I checked our library doesn’t have it, so I’ll have to keep my eyes out for it. Reichl’s My Kitchen Year was not for me, but I enjoyed the secret restaurant tastings in Garlic and Sapphire, even though they were restaurants I would never get a chance to eat in. I did love Save Me the Plums though. I think I get a better feel for her as a person.
Yes, Home Fires is a PBS show. It was good, but the book goes into more details. I really liked both, but think the book was better. I have not read My Kitchen Year, but several people have told me that they preferred her other books more than that one.