Month in Review: April 2020

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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!!

Books read:

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:


Author: Hannah Celeste

Hi! I'm Hannah, a book-blogger from the Northeastern United States. I enjoy reading many genres, cooking and baking, doing yoga, and spending time with my two cats.

27 thoughts on “Month in Review: April 2020”

  1. Cats!!! They’re so cute!

    Good luck with your May reads, I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Beach Read and How We Disappeared!

    Thank you for linking to my post! 😊

    I’m way more excited about the alternative WP than the original 😬😬😬

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    1. Hehehe the cats are definitely getting me through this quarantine. And thank you! I’ve heard such great things about both books that I’m really excited to finally read them πŸ™‚
      And I am also excited for the alternative WP longlist than the original! So many great and intriguing titles on your list! Can I ask which two books did you pick?


  2. Thank you for linking my post! πŸ™‚ I LOVE YOUR CATS WTH :(( My fave is the fourth pic, where its little paw is hanging out while sleeping! My cat never sleeps that wayβ€”he’s always curled like a comma, or sitting like a meatloaf. What are your cats’ names?

    I’m reading My Dark Vanessa right now and so far it’s very immersive! I can see why it’s so controversial. And huhu I want to get a copy of Beach Read soonβ€”I feel like I’ve been anxious to have it since January!

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    1. No prob! Hahahah my cats do the positions that yours does too LOL. But the tabby cat (his name is Frank) has really long limbs so sometimes he sleeps in goofy awkward positions like that πŸ˜‚ The black/brown cat is Brooke πŸ™‚
      And ooh I’ll be really excited to hear your thoughts on My Dark Vanessa!!

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            1. I don’t have and won’t have children, but I give them names all the time. I 100% that Louise works as a middle name with any first name. Try it and prove me wrong. You can’t. Gilana Louise, Melanie Louise. Aren’t we lovely? I think so.

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  3. i cant wait to see what you think of Hamnet! Ive seen mostly positive reviews of it with a couple of mixed ones, so until I read it myself Ive been trying to see how people have been desciribing it!

    Thank you so much for linking me!! I really appreciate it ☺ (also i love your cats omg what are their names πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–)

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    1. I’m really excited to read it!! It seems like one of the few WP longlist books that readers agreed belong there haha.

      And no prob! I loved your post about the trope of the messy woman in literary fiction!

      My cats are Frank (the gray/white one) and Brooke (black/brown one) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  4. Those are some quality cat photos!!

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on How We Disappeared and Hamnet when you get to them, and I think I’ll also be reading both Beach Read and My Dark Vanessa this month, so look forward to exchanging notes on those as well! πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m interested in your thoughts on Beach Read. I read one review that wasn’t great, mostly because the book seems to focus more on the relationship than the differences between literary and genre fiction. However, I’m assuming it’s a great summer-is-up-us read. I just pre-ordered Jennifer Weiner’s novel Big Summer, so I’m on that track myself.

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    1. I’m about 100 pages in, and that criticism does seem fair so far. But the book does (lightly, for now) touch upon how the protagonist feels she can’t be taken seriously as a writer because she writes for a female audience, which I appreciated. And it definitely feels like a great summer-is-upon-us read haha!

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