Woohoo, we have all survived another month! I don’t have much to say about April, other than that I spent it almost entirely indoors and all the days kind of bled into each other and I shirked a lot of responsibilities. Now onto the bookish things!!
- Actress by Anne Enright – 4 stars out of 5 [review]
- How to be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg & Kristen Meinzer – 4 stars out of 5 [review]
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo – 3 stars out of 5 [review]
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson – 4 stars out of 5 [review]
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes – 3.5 stars out of 5 [review]
- Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight – 4 stars out of 5 [review]
Books in progress/May reading goals:
I’m currently reading Where The Crawdads Sing. It’s a little slow, but I like the immersive setting. I also plan to read My Dark Vanessa and Beach Read; I’ve heard great things about both books, so I’m really excited to get to them. And I got a copy of The Bridge of Little Jeremy, so I hope to get to that this month as well.
I also plan to read a couple more titles from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist: How We Disappeared (which didn’t advance to the shortlist but seems to be a fan favorite), and Hamnet (also a fan favorite).
And I am tentatively planning to start Mrs. Jack – a biography of the American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner – as a buddy read with a friend. I’m a little nervous about this one, because I struggle with biographies and because art history and famous wealthy people are not exactly “my things.” But I will try to reserve judgment until I start reading it!
Some of the posts I enjoyed this month:
- This alternative Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist that was compiled by a group of avid WP followers (not affiliated with the actual Women’s Prize for Fiction) (also their longlist looks infinitely better than the official one!)
- Fatma’s post about how the “messy woman” is becoming a trope in literary fiction
- Melanie’s review of Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
- Gilana’s answers to the Would You Rather Book Tag
- Jan’s post about ways to use your stimulus check for good causes (if you live in the United States and are financially able to spare any part of the check)
- Ashley’s discussion of how people “normalize” symptoms of mental illness, and why it can be unhelpful even if well-intentioned
- And Naty’s list of light-hearted reads for anxious times!