I decided last year that I spend way too much time online, generally being enraged by Facebook, so in 2018 I’m turning off the computer and picking up my books. (Yes, I know, I’m working on this site right now instead of reading, but I have been good so far!) I’ll keep track of the books I finish here, and hopefully by December 31st the list will be better than it was in 2017.
April brings Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, Barbara Kingsolver’s birthday, and Eudora Welty’s birthday. Lord Byron died in 1824, and Oscar Wilde was arrested on charges of indecency in 1895.
Also, April 16th is Teen Literature Day, and the 28th is Great Poetry Reading Day. So I’ll have to add more YA to my list this month (yay!) and some poems.
18.) The Night Ocean: A Novel, by Paul La Farge. This had a great start and then stalled 1/3 of the way through. I skimmed for a bit until it picked up again. I loved the premise, a researcher trying to unearth the mysteries of the life of HP Lovecraft, but had a hard time caring about any of the characters.
19.) Things Hoped For (Things Not Seen), by Andrew Clements. The second book in a trilogy that started with Things Not Seen. Just as great as the first one, and I’ll be checking the final title from the library soon!
20.) Small Great Things: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult. I thought she tackled a difficult subject admirably. Racism, implicit bias, jury bias, white supremacy are not easy topics. Points of view vary by chapter, and one character was so incredibly loathsome I skimmed his chapters quickly…too vile and I can’t raise my BP that much at bedtime. Overall, another good Picoult read. She has a template that she follows, but she always nails it.
21.) This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe. Lots of fun, she has great self-awareness and is sensitive, introspective, awfully funny.
22.) The Widow’s House: A Novel, by Carol Goodman. OMG how I love EVERYTHING by Carol Goodman. This was no exception. Mysterious and creepy and completely engaging.
23.) Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty. Funny and sad and SO observant. Like she parked at the edge of a school playground and just watched the parents for a year. I haven’t seen the show yet but I’ll definitely make time for it. This book was a treasure.
24.) Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles), by Colin Meloy. Middle-grade fantasy, I read this because my daughter is obsessed with wolves and I thought she might like it (turns out they’re coyotes, SO NOT THE SAME THING, MOM). But whatever, I liked it. And it’s a trilogy, so naturally I’ll pick up the next one sometime soon.
25.) The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. I always prefer to read the book before seeing the movie. For some reason this movie didn’t really appeal to me, but I really, really liked the book! So, will likely be heading to Redbox this weekend for a rental.
26.) The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Now I understand what the fuss is all about. Mandatory reading, yes for everyone, not just teens, with wide open hearts please.
Comments are open if you’d like to add your input and suggestions. More to come!