Salt Fat Acid Heat – Samin Nosrat (Simon & Schuster, 2017)
Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020)
My Heart – Semezdin Mehmedinovic (Catapult, 2021) (translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth)
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (Longman, 1992)
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now – Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2013)
Utopia Avenue – David Mitchell (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2020)
The Quiet American – Graham Greene (The Viking Press, 1967)
How to Raise a Reader – Pamela Paul & Maria Russo (Workman Publishing, 2019)
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry edited by Czeslaw Milosz
Dead Souls – Sam Riviere
The Orange Tree – Carlos Fuentes
We Want What We Want: Stories – Alix Ohlin
Books Read: 25/100
Books Reviewed: 22/25
Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: 2 (none in April)
A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 2/12
Current TBR: 220 (previously 215)
April turned out to be my best reading month so far, with 8 books read, as well as being tied with February for the most book reviews so far in a month. I probably could have done better on both fronts if it weren’t for spring illness but so it goes. I don’t normally include cookbooks in my reading stats but Salt Fat Acid Heat was really more of a read than a recipe book so I feel justified in its inclusion. I had plans to review it but my drafts all turned into rambling posts about my philosophy around food and cooking so I’m putting that on the back burner (get it? cooking pun!)
Looking over the books I read in April, it’s hard to pick a standout. Several of them had very good elements but none really wowed me. Shuggie Bain probably comes closest but it was so bleak that it’s hard to say I loved it. Other books like Utopia Avenue, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, or The Quiet American had great things to them but also some major flaws. My Heart stands out as a gentle, contemplative story that left me feeling thoughtful. What was your best read for April?
I’ve just picked up Mark Sakomoto’s memoir Forgiveness from the library which will be my next read for The Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge. Looking at my holds and what’s likely to arrive soon, I may get a chance to read Obasan and Interior Chinatown in May. My next ARC once I finish Dead Souls will be Sufferance, a new novel from Thomas King out in May. For further non-fiction, I’m thinking of reading at least some of a Kierkegaard anthology that I thrifted years ago and have never really delved into. If I’m feeling ambitious, I might also start the next book for my Virtuous Reading Challenge which is A Tale of Two Cities. It’s my favourite by Dickens but I’m feeling a little intimidated at the thought of taking it on right now so I might wait until I’m more excited by the thought.
This month we finished reading The Hobbit with the girls at bedtime and have begun A Little Princess.
My Bible Reading plan fell a little behind while I wasn’t feeling well but since it’s a 5-day plan, it wasn’t too hard to catch up and made me realize how much I appreciate having that leeway. In April I read Joshua, Luke, Judges, and Ruth. I’m currently reading 1 Samuel and the Book of Acts. I’ve always enjoyed this portion of the Old Testament, where it feels more like there’s a plot and continued characters to follow along with.