What does Easter Eggs and Will and Kate have in common?
They both are the cause of celebration for the month of April!
I think 6 books read are considered good for a month full of celebration mood. For the Easter break, my family and I made a short break to Glasgow and Edinburgh and was pleasantly surprised by two cities with such contrast, but the sea mist and wet weather in Edinburgh sort of dampen my holiday mood in the city. We have wandered around the Royal Mile, seen the Edinburgh castle etc. but didn’t enjoy it as I could expect it to. Anyway more about that on later post.
Here are what I have read for the month:
- As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong (3.5 stars)
- The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder (3.5 stars)
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (3.5 stars)
- In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar (5 stars)
- Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar (4 stars)
- The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (4 stars)
I have quite a many controversial books read this month. Wuthering Heights turned out to be nasty surprise but with morbid fascination of brutality and cruelty of love and hatred in the moor, I persist and finished the book. I’m blessed to have some of my blogger friends Jenny of Jenny’s Books, Anaamica of What I have been reading, Jessica of Park Benches and Bookends and Shellie@Layers of Thought soon to finish the book with me.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles is Penguin’s Modern Classic and another strange and peculiar read for me, read my reviews here as to why I think it is so.
Among my favourite is Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men and Disappearance of a Anatomy which made me feel really good to discover a quiet and powerful writing from a writer who writes out of his experience of losing his father to Gaddafi’s regime. I hope to see Matar publish a few more books as he is a sensitive and a very gifted writer.
For the month of April I bought 14 books, with few surprised addition of murder mysteries which I look forward to consume once I’m through with my literary binge of prize winners, Middle Eastern, Chinese Literature, mythology read, including some books that are adapted to big screen these year, like Water for Elephants and The Help by Kathryn Sockett; which means I’m not sure when is the best time for murder mystery reading binge but I’m sure I’ll get to it one way or another. I think I’m rather behind with my most of reading challenges except TBR.
So here are the books I acquired these month:
One of the things that brought a big smile to me was these sunshine colours book covers above. I was reading The Orange Girl and I went out to the shops at work around Paddington and bought The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, only to come back and found a package from Anaamica of What I have been Reading from Bangalore on my desk. Anaamica sent me a copy of an illustrated Indian Mythology of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. I was over the moon and when I stacked them up together they just gave out this beautiful glow of sunshine colours. I think the warm tone book cover colour is one of my favourite.
This month I have increased purchase by 2 books than what I have bought in March last month but can anyone said no to these March purchase?
- Arabian Nights translated by Sir Richard Burton
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud ( Man Booker shortlist 2006)
- The Loving Spirit by Daphne Du Maurier, adding to my already expanded Du Maurier collection.
- The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson.
- The Other Side of You by Sally Vickers – which I look forward as it speaks of psychoanalyst and relationship of a woman.
- Beyond Nab End is an autobiography of William Woodruff migration from Lancashire to east end of London, striving to make it in life through London slums and surviving through a London under siege in WWII.
- Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
- Enduring Love by Ian McEwan – it’s amazing to find so many of McEwan’s books on the charity book store in the UK. I have 3 of his books now on shelf waiting to be read.
- Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
- Daphne by Justine Picardie – a literary mystery loosely based on Daphne Du Maurier’s life after her failing marriage.
- Florida Lonely Planet – was on bargain, I am looking forward to my 4-year plan to bring my boys to Disney World’s Florida. I have been there twice but for business conference.
- Shantaram by Gregory Roberts – for strange reason this book always appears as my top post all year round. It is an entertaining read too but wouldn’t hurt to have a copy for re-read.
Plans for May
I may have overestimate my reading speed but I hope to finish these books from library loan in May:
- The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
- Nazi Literature in Americas by Roberto Bolano
- I think I love you by Allison Pearson
- Great Expectations by Charles Dicken
- The Vagrants by YunYi Li
- For Bread Alone by Mohammed Choukri (translated by Paul Bowles)
- One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Making of Royal Romance by Kate Nicholl, spur by the recent success of the Royal Wedding live coverage, I wanted to find out how Will and Kate romance blossoms.
- The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami
A little ambitious but fingers crossed if I can get through all these on top of a heavy workload at work in May!
What about you? What are your plans for May? I would really like to hear from you. 🙂