Wait, Where Did April Go?

So I was under the mistaken impression that May didn’t start until tomorrow. It’s not that surprising because I’ve been lagging one day behind the calendar all week. It’s not that big of a deal either, except that my review of The Warden for April’s Anthony Trollope Bicentennial Celebration (which was hosted by Books and Chocolate) obviously won’t make it in time. I’m a bit upset with myself for that. But there’s plenty of fun stuff to look forward to in May!

edith whartonBrona is hosting the Edith Wharton Review, and I’m planning to read either Summer or The Reef for it. Ali just posted a great review of Summer, so now I’m leaning towards that one.

22Corinne is hosting a very relaxed read-along of Gone With the Wind. I’ve never read the book and didn’t like the movie all that much when I saw it years ago, so it’s time to (hopefully) revise my opinion of this classic.

Caroline’s Literature and War Readalong has Novel Without a Name scheduled for this month.

And for my TBR Pile Challenge, I want to read West With the Night, so that I can then fully enjoy Paula McLain’s upcoming novel Circling the Sun. Oh, and I want to read Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night. That sounds like a wonderful book as well.

Lots of bookish goodness waiting for me! And maybe I can keep my dates straight, too…



  1. April really did slip by quietly… I can’t believe summer is around the corner! It feels like spring has hardly begun.

    Is the Edith Wharton review open to any Wharton? I might like to join in with The Age of Innocence for Classics Club.

    I hope you get a chance to read everything you want to in May! 🙂

  2. Literature and War! How could you expose me to another read-along?! 😉 I will have to resist! However, I am quietly reading Framley Parsonage but didn’t announce it because it’s not going to be finished anytime soon.

    I’m so happy to see that you’re in for both Wharton and Gone With the Wind too. It makes me feel much better ……. book addiction in numbers tends to mask the problem. Hee hee! 😉 Have fun!

  3. You’ve got some lovely books lined up for May. I’m looking forward to hearing more about Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night. He writes with such compassion and insight…I loved Plainsong and Eventide – have you read them?

    • I’ve read Plainsong a long time ago and had actually forgotten about it until I read a review of Eventide not too long ago. Now I’m really looking forward to reading Our Souls at Night. Too bad it’s being published posthumously.

  4. Oooh! I loved The Paris Wife! I didn’t know McClain has a book coming out on Karen Blixen! Out of Africa is one of my favorite books. I haven’t read West with the Wing yet, but I own it. 🙂 ENJOY Gone with the Wind. 😀

      • Circling the Sun is actually about Beryl Markham, but I’m pretty sure she knew Karen Blixen. I don’t know much about either woman, but I’m sure this book will change that. I loved The Paris Wife as well.

      • Oh, okay! I saw Karen Blixen in the book description & assumed she’d make a showing. I still want to read it! I work in a bookstore, & one of the customers lectured a couple of us girls that we MUST READ West with the Night claim to be feminists. He said Markham is fascinating. 🙂 Karen Blixen is an incredible writer, I think. Pure poetry.

  5. You are so organised! Looks like you have some great reading lined up for May. And for the record, I thought today was still April too until I had to sign something in work!

  6. I am reading Circling the Sun right now but haven’t yet read West with the Night. Thanks for alerting me to a new Kent Haruf book, though. I love his work.

  7. Ah Gone with the Wind, I read that when I was about 17 and ill with measles. I loved West with the Night I have a copy sitting here waiting to be re-read.

  8. I did like Gone With the Wind the movie although it was years before I actually sat down and watched the whole thing beginning to end (I always caught it on TV somewhere in the middle). The book is WAY better. WAY WAY better. And that’s a classic movie. But the book! The movie can’t even touch it.

    Sounds like you have lots to look forward to in May! I can’t believe that April is already over – it flew by!

  9. I love all the read-alongs and challenges you participate in – they’re fun to read about! I’m tempted to read my one and only Wharton novel, Ethan Frome. But, I was also hoping to read an Irish novel during Ireland month in March and that never happened (so pathetic). So we’ll see…
    Gone With the Wind is better as a book – I didn’t really like the movie either – so, hopefully you’ll like it. I read it so long ago, though, that I can’t really remember how much I liked it.
    Looking forward to hearing about your TBR pile books – they all look interesting. I have a feeling I will be adding on to my list with a few of them.

    • I’m actually not that much of a fan of scheduled reading, but all the read-alongs are so much fun. I cant’ resist! I hope you get a chance to read Ethan Frome. It’s sad, but so good!

  10. Thanks for the link, TJ. I haven’t started Novel Withouth a name yet but have high hopes.
    I didn’t like the movie Gone With the Wind much either but I loved the book so much.

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