Literary Life: April in Review

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We’re four months into 2015 and I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. The years just drip away, don’t they?

I don’t feel as though I have read much this month, I hope to make up for that in May by powering through the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. Whilst doing my usual and volunteering for the Brighton Festival. Where April was slow, May is going to be wonderfully busy. I’ll be doing my usual and not posting on bank holiday Monday’s, so there will be no review on the 4th and 25th of May.

Currently Reading:

The Odyssey by Homer
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Unfinished:

None!

I’ve Read:

  1. When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
  2. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
  3. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  6. The Last Pier by Roma Tearne
  7. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag

In other news:

It’s the Brighton Festival once again, so as mentioned above I’ll be helping, noting and blogging as usual. You can read my 2013 and 2014 festival experiences to recap.

And here’s a video on this year’s festival:

How was your April? Do anything fun? What did you read? Will you be visiting the Brighton Festival?

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Kya
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I hope May will be an exciting month ahead. :D

I finally finished reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I had been reading this for over a year in between other books. I just couldn’t get into it. >.<

yasmine rose
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I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Baileys short list! So far I have read The Bees and I think I am going to try and read How to be Both by Ali Smith (they are the only two I have and I am trying hard not to buy anymore books!). Enjoy the Brighton Festival!

Cathy746books
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I had a very slow April, couldn’t get motivated at all. You did really well! I’m hoping May will be more productive!

Charlie
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The Odyssey, oh wow! how is it so far? I felt I didn’t read much either, and didn’t really, but it was okay overall.

Jenny @ Reading the End
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My April seemed normal but now that I’m looking at my reading stats spreadsheet, it was rather bonkers. I read 23 books last month! I think it feels unexceptional because most of them failed to blow me away. I had a very fun time with Sarah Rees Brennan’s series, but most of what I read was just so-so. Hoping May will be better in quality if not quantity.

jessicabookworm
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Looks like you had a good reading month; 7 is a great amount of books to finish. I finished 5 which I am pleased with. I hope you enjoy the Brighton Festival it sounds fun. I also wish you happy reading in May :-)

Sarah
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I finally finished The March Family Letters in April, as well as reading 17 & Gone and The Bride’s Farewell. Ok reads, not bad but not great either. In April I went to Melbourne too! So it was a good month :)

Bryan G. Robinson
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So what was your favorite book this past month?

And I don’t think I’ll be attending the Brighton Festival. It’s in England, right? ;)

Me? None of the books I read this past month jumped out for me as outstanding. Decent but not outstanding.

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