In March, as part of March Madness, I attempted to read more than usual. I had picked 11 books to read, although I thought that was very ambitious.
As you can see, I finished 8 of them, which I consider a success. Four of the books were for the wonderful Reading Ireland event that had me looking up plenty of new-to-me books and authors. My favorite reads were The Hand That First Held Mine and The Country Girls.
Dracula slowed me down a bit and left me in need for a distraction. Somewhat unwisely, I started not just one, but several new books. I am 16% into Ekaterini, 36% into A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, 4% into West With the Night, and a couple of hours into the audio edition of Ghettoside. I have also started two library books: First They Killed My Father and How to Raise a Wild Child. So reading-wise, I would call my March Madness a success.
But I’ve also fallen off the #TBR20 horse. I was really doing well with not buying any books, but after loving The Hand That First Held Mine, I couldn’t resist a 4-for-3 deal that had me buying O’Farrell’s The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and After You’d Gone, Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter, and Ali Smith’s The Accidental. I’m contemplating extending my #TBR20 to #TBR25 to make up for it.
What’s ahead in April? For one, I want to finish all the books I’ve started. Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting a Trollope event, so it’s time for me to read The Warden. I also want to get to Our Endless Numbered Days, so that I can participate in the lively discussion that is sure to take place at the Socratic Salon (not “Saloon”… when will I get that out of my head?) in the coming weeks.
What are your reading plans for April?