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
The Martian, Andy Weir
My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand
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.