Literary Life: April in Review

It’s raining outside as I write this, that sort of light angular rain that pours from dark clouds, light sky in the distance. It soaks you through, but it is the best sort of rain, it smells like spring.


I went shopping Friday for something important – I returned with books. Spoiler alert, the books weren’t the something important. Brighton’s Oxfam book shop distracted me from my task, but more on that haul later.

Currently Reading:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck




  1. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  3. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  4. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  7. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster


Poetry Discovered:

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein
Dear Deborah by Deborah Ager
Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane
As the Ruin Falls by C. S. Lewis
A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allen Poe


In other news:

Hay Festival is at the end of the month, running from 22nd May – 1st June.

Live in London? You may want to check out some of these literary events!

It’s the Brighton Festival this month – you may remember I was a volunteer last year – so I am going to try and attend a few of the literature events where I can.

How was your April?


6 thoughts on “Literary Life: April in Review

  1. All well and good, until you make a second attempt to buy the something important and return again with books :p

    That’s a good amount of reading, and I’m interested to hear what you thought of Grapes of Wrath when you finish. I don’t actually know much about it, but I know it’s famous and yours is a good recommendation to have.

    Hope you’re able to get to the festival!


    1. Ha, very true – although if I return with the books and the gifts I’ll consider it a success.

      I am surprised I actually ended up reading seven as for the first part of the month I was having a bit of a reading block. I seem to be averaging around 7 per month at the moment, but as summer hits I think this will lessen.

      I’ll keep you posted on GoW, I’m two chapters in and even slightly distracted I’m enjoying it. Hoping that feeling continues.


  2. My April was pleasant! The weather was not too terribly disagreeable, although I think we’re just about at the end of the pleasant weather and about to shift into proper summertime mode. Alas! I had a bit of a reading slump too, so I’m hoping May picks up on that front.


    1. Haha, sometimes I forget myself.

      I keep failing to pick it up, I needed a different story so I’m on the Goldfinch right now. I want to get back to it though, so many people have said how much they loved it.


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