Tuesday, May 4, 2021

April Wrap Up -- My April Books

basket of books


April showers brought these May flowers! And a basket of books I read in April.

I continued to make progress on my TBR 21 in '21 and Mt. TBR Challenges and the Vintage Mystery Challenge. I read one that could count for the European Reading Challenge, although it is not a challenging pick. I am not making much progress on the Back to the Classics Challenge so need to pay more attention to that one in the months ahead.

Here are the 11 books I read in April, in the order I read them, not the order in the picture. There wasn't a dull read in the bunch. 

See any favorites or anything that looks good?


The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam. This is the second in her Old Filth trilogy. I read the first, Old Filth, last month. Wonderful books! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Last Friends  by Jane Gardam, the last book in the trilogy. I am glad I read them straight through to get the most out of the experience. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Slightly Foxed, No. 60, edited by Gail Pirkis. Hubby got me a subscription for my birthday and this 2018 back issue from eBay so he would have something to wrap. I started by reading it and loved it, of course. I'm counting these as "books" read so I can keep track of which ones I finish. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Apropos of Nothing, Woody Allen’s new autobiography (not shown because I read it with my ears). I wanted to read this because of all the controversy and am glad I did. He reads the audiobook himself, which I like with nonfiction. It is also really funny. This was a surprising highlight of the month. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Dead Cert by Dick Francis, his first novel, published in 1962 and showing the hallmarks of his always-satisfying stories. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, more vintage mystery. This one a deserved classic. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Obasan by Joy Kogawa is on the Erica Jong Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women list and has been on my TBR shelf a long time. It is about Japanese Canadians during WWII. I am familiar with the history of interned Japanese Americans during WWII, but knew nothing about what happened to Japanese Canadians living in British Columbia during and after the war. Heartbreaking. It is excellent novel and a moving novel. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton, vintage mystery short stories. (Free on Kindle, by the way.) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Florence King Reader is an introduction to this eccentric, hilarious, impossible to categorize writer. It has samples from all her books. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Faithful Place by Tana French. I’m slowly making my way through Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. This one is the third in the series and my favorite so far. In general, I enjoy them tremendously but find they all get a bit soft in the middle. This counts as my "Ireland" book for the European Reading Challenge. 

How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century by P. Gaye Tapp, Foreword by Charlotte Moss, is another beautiful book published by Rizzoli. This was  part of my project to read all my coffee table books. This one inspired a mantel makeover, which was long overdue. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

What were your favorite April books? Or are you already deep into your May reading?


cover of How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century by P. Gaye Tapp


  1. So many four- and five-star reads! What a wonderful month! Hope May is just as good for you ;)


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