Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014 Recap

April in Wisconsin is a schizophrenic thing. It comes in like a big snowy lion, teases you with a couple of “lamb” days, then goes out as a grumpy, rainy lion. This week, it’s been raining endlessly, and the temps are in the 40s. It’s better than snow, but what I wouldn’t give for a couple of warm, sunny days heading into May.

But, April was another great month for reading. I didn’t finish quite as many books as I did in March, but I did get through eight. Again, quite a range of topics, from studying a dog’s language acquisition to parenting, from poetry to decorating to English gardens, and even (gulp) science fiction. I’m still behind on posting reviews, so I’ll give you a one-word summary until I catch up. If I ever catch up.



Chaser, Dr. John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann



Strings Attached, Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky   



All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior



Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Marta McDowell





Hunger Wide as Heaven, Max Garland





Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman




Science Fiction

The Martian, Andy Weir





My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand




Currently Reading

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

I’m not very far into Mary Poppins, but I enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks so much, I thought I should read it.

I’m really enjoying The Boys in the Boat, too. I’m roughly halfway through. If you enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand’s books, Unbroken or Seabiscuit, or Empty Mansions, I think this is a must-read. It’s the kind of book that they make into a movie. Yes, that good.



  1. I'm glad The Boys in the Boat is so wonderful - I've had it on my Kindle for a couple of months, I need to get around to it soon.

    1. I think it's well worth the read. The first half was a teensy bit slow, but I was patient, because I could feel that it was building up to something. Now, at around page 250, it's all paying off. I have a feeling it will be one of my top ten this year. If you read it, let me know what you think!