Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Reading List

And here we are. April. A literal breath of fresh air.
I've been doing well this year with choosing a month's worth of books to read and then actually reading them. Not that I've ever had a lot of trouble with choosing my next book, but I've found that I enjoy the roadmap of a month-long reading list. I try to choose a variety of genres and topics, and this month in addition to my favorite, nonfiction, I have a re-read, audio fiction, poetry, and children's fiction.  

I'm reading three books going into April. Both At Home and Good Poems: American Places are books from my April reading list that I began in March because the book I'd planned to read (Life from Scratch) didn't really appeal to me (guess you could say I "scratched" it). Middlemarch is the super-long audio book I've been working on for weeks.

I have three March and April releases on my list. I've been anticipating Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before for months. I've heard great things about Nina MacLaughlin's Hammer Head, and I think Mary Norris's Between You & Me sounds like something I'll really enjoy.
I'd planned to read Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln this year, but since it's the Easter season, I think I'll tackle Killing Jesus next. I've had The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up for a few weeks now, and I seem to be the last of all the bloggers to read it. I love decluttering books. Which should tell you something about my personality, though I'm unsure what. And for a children's book, I've chosen The Penderwicks, a book that for some inexplicable reason I've become a bit obsessed with reading.

And for this month's re-read, I've chosen Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. I read it when it came out and have since become a Gilbert devotee. I know some folks detest the book, and I'm eager to re-read it and see if it holds the same magic for me as it did originally.
And when I'm done with my audio of Middlemarch, I think I might listen to The Grapes of Wrath. I read the book in high school and loved it, and I've been wanting to revisit it. I'd originally planned to listen to Jane Eyre, but I'm thinking after Victorian Middlemarch, I might rather have something more modern.

And that's my list. I won't be able to finish a second audio book this month, so that's ten titles. I don't know that it's possible, since I don't anticipate any vacation days this month. But most of the books are short (under 300 pages), so I might zip through them pretty quickly. And I love a challenge.

What do you plan to read this month?


  1. I'm glad to see The Penderwicks on your list! It's such a great children's book, although I have to say that the first one was probably my least favorite (not that I didn't like it, just not as much as the ones that follow). I adore the Penderwick sisters--one of my very favorite literary families!

    1. I'm looking oddly forward to it. Maybe because I know it will be fun and clean and sweet. It's sometimes hard to find books like that.