What I Read – April 2022


Women Talking – Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)

The Pull of the Moon – Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014)

The Books of Jacob – Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) (translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft)

Darling Girl – Liz Michalski (Dutton Books, 2022)

The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour – Anne Michaels (Penguin Random House Canada, 2022)

Bitter Orange – Jokha Alharthi (Catapult, 2022) (translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth)

Normal People – Sally Rooney (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018)

Currently Reading:

Next Sunday – Nancy Beach & Samantha Beach Kiley

Here Goes Nothing – Steve Toltz

Severance – Ling Ma

2022 Goals:

Books Read: 33/80 (7 in April)

Books Reviewed: 28/33 (That’s 27 reviews of the 33 books I’ve read so far in 2022. 8 Reviewed in April.)

Translated Works: 3/10 (The Books of Jacob and Bitter Orange Tree)

Books Owned: 6/20 (Nothing added here in April)

Books from the TBR pre-2020: 9/20 (Three added in April: Women Talking (2019), The Pull of the Stars (2014), and Normal People (2019))

Current TBR: 231 (previously 230)


While my book count isn’t abnormally high this month, I did do a lot of reading. I was able to finish all 965 pages of The Books of Jacob in the 2 weeks allotted to me by the public library. While it definitely took some effort, I’m kind of glad I was forced to read it so quickly. Otherwise, I’m sure, I would have drawn those 900+ pages out over several weeks. Review is in the works. (As are several others; still playing catch-up in that department.)

Women Talking has settled as my new favourite of Toews’ work and I would recommend it even to those readers who may not have clicked with her other work as it’s quite different in style and content.

The month ended with a bang when I finally gave into the Sally Rooney hype and read Normal People. Have added her other books to my TBR now!

What’s Next:

Peter recently finished Philip Yancey’s new memoir, Where the Light Fell, and keeps telling me he wants to talk about it so I’ll begin that shortly. The Sentence is waiting for me on the library hold shelf. Working my way through some of the older titles on my TBR, the next one available at the library is Fleishman is in Trouble. I’m hoping to read The Human Factor by Graham Greene and As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross from my own shelves. I also have 4 or 5 ARCS with June pubdates that I’d like to get to in May.

7 thoughts on “What I Read – April 2022”

    1. Yes! I don’t avoid extra long books but then at the end of the month I know my reading is going to look like less than it actually was!

  1. I’d love to hear what you think of Bitter Orange Tree – I send Celestial Bodies to people all the time and am so delighted Alharthi has another book out soon!

    1. I have a review of that one coming in the next few days! I haven’t read Celestial Bodies yet so I can’t compare them but I’m guessing the writing style is similar.

  2. Very impressive to read such a long book in such a short time – well done! I’m slowly working my way through Graham Greene’s works, and now you’ve tempted me to pick up The Human Factor next.

    1. It was definitely work to read it in such a short time! I’m glad I did it but it made me realize that there is a balance to find so that reading is still fun. That felt a bit too much like work!

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