April Wrap Up: DNF-ing like there’s no tomorrow, Women’s Prize reads and more

Hello readers!

April has an interesting month. We had snow, sun, torrential rain. I started again with antidepressant medication, which has been working REALLY well for me (I’ve been taking it for 4 weeks now).

Books that were on my April TBR:

  1. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (4 stars 7 – my review)
  2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (4 stars – my review)
  3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – DNF

Books I picked up this month although they were not on my planned TBR:

  1. His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet (4 stars)
  2. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (4 stars – my review)
  3. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (3 stars)
  4. Auto da Compadecida by Ariano Suassuna (5 stars)
  5. Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (3 stars – my review)
  6. Hail Mary by Andy Weir – DNF
  7. Passing by Nella Larsen (4 stars)
  8. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (4 stars – my review)
  9. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (2 stars)
  10. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Martha Batalha, translated by Eric M.B. Becker (4 stars)
  11. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (4 stars – my review)
  12. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (4 stars)
  13. Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson (4 stars)
  14. Summerwater by Sarah Moss (4 stars)
  15. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (3 stars)
  16. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (currently reading)
  17. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondō, Scott Sonenshein (currently reading)

The ratings & status above correspond to the time when I am writing this (April 30) and not the status right now – for example I’ve already finished Metamorphosis.

Wow this was a VERY productive month for reading. This is for sure because I find a lot of comfort in books and read more heavily during times in my life when I’m not feeling that great. Also a lot of these were rather on the short side, which surely helps, and I picked up a few thrillers, which I normally read much faster than other genres. Some hightlights:

  • I only two Brazilian books (Euridice Gusmao and Auto da Compadecida) and they were both brilliant. I LOVED them.
  • I read more classics than usual, with a total of 4 (Passing, Auto da Compadecida, Metamorphosis, The Invisible Man – I am not counting Mansfield Park here since I DNF-ed it) with mixed but generally positive results.
  • I DNF-ed Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I nearly DNF-ed The Sanatorium and The Maidens, too – I was very short in patience this month for books that I did not like much.
  • I focused a lot on Women’s Prize for Fiction titles this month, reading 5 books (Transcendent Kingdom, The Vanishing Half, Detransition, Baby, Unsettled Ground, Piranesi) from the longlist.
  • My favorite read of the month was Auto da Compadecida by Ariano Suassuna, which was BRILLIANT to listen to. I cannot get a copy in English for my husband, but we DID find the movie with English subtitles on Youtube! Here:

So that was April! Very interesting month, reading-wise and weather-wise. Hopefully I will read more fantasy in May, which is what I am in the mood for right now.

2 thoughts on “April Wrap Up: DNF-ing like there’s no tomorrow, Women’s Prize reads and more

  1. I read Passing this month too! I DNF books I’m not feeling at that moment and oftentimes end up picking them up at other times too. Hope May is full of good reads for you!

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    • Did you like Passing?? I thought it was pretty solid! Looking forward to reading Quicksand by Nella Larsen as well!

      I hope your May is full of amazing reads!!


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