This was an odd reading month for me. There were a couple of weeks that I hardly read. I’ve been learning to play guitar and that has taken up quite a bit of my precious reading time. However, I enjoyed all the books I did read, even if there were not so many. Definitely a month of quality over quantity. I think that’s fine by me!
OWNED TBR AT THE START OF 2021
Owned TBR on 1 April 2021
So let’s see what happened this April:
Books read: 7
Hardbacks/Paperbacks TBR: 4
Hardbacks/Paperbacks 2021: 1
E-books TBR: 1
E-books 2021: 1
Audio: 2 (both of which I own in physical form)
- Where The Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens) e-book – 6*
- The Flowers of Evil (Charles Baudelaire) paperback – 7*
- Palace of Desire (Naguib Mahfouz) paperback – 6*
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) audio/paperback – 7* (re-read)
- In The Days of Rain (Rebecca Stott) audio/hardback – 6*
- Fire From Heaven (Mary Renault) paperback – 5*
- Clap When You Land (Elizabeth Acevedo) e-book – 6*
I have a list of books I’d like to buy, but I am restraining myself for now. Since starting this project I have definitely been more conscious about buying books. It helps that the charity shops are not freely open yet. I did buy the follow-up to The City of Brass, as I want to continue that series. I also bought Music & Silence by Rose Tremain, which I have been wanting to read for a while. And finally I bought another book by Mahmoud Darwish, as I enjoyed his poetry so much. This one, In The Presence of Absence seems to be a poetic autobiography of sorts. I have read the first chapter and it already almost made me cry!
I hope I can read all of these in May
Physical TBR Balance Sheet
Start 2021: 330
Start April: 224
E-book TBR Balance Sheet
Start 2021: 183
Start April: 182
Looking back at these reading month, I read more older books that usual. Two classics in the shape of Pride and Prejudice and The Flowers of Evil. The latter is poetry. Two of the books (The Flowers of Evil and Palace of Desire) were translated works. A lot of historical fiction as well. There was nothing I did not enjoy and I even found a new favourite. Seven books is not that much for me, but I would still say this was a really good reading month.
Although Pride and Prejudice was a re-read, I had counted it on my physical TBR as it had been a good few years since I read it.
I must note that I did start listening to Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, but I hated it so much that I gave up after a few chapters.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
My book of the month was the only poetry book I read, which was The Flowers of Evil by French 19th century poet Charles Baudelaire. I absolutely loved it. Some of the poetry in there was exquisite. Pride and Prejudice may have taken it, but that was a re-read and I already knew it was a favourite.