5/12/16

April Reading



It's funny to look back at what I've read in April because I feel like I've spent most of the month reading Middlemarch, but since I didn't finish it until May I can't even count it. I think my favorite book in April was the Barbara Comyns, all her books are so weird in a good way though. I read it hard on the heels of Voyage in the Dark, and they are similar stories in some ways, both main characters suffer hopelessness and poverty in early 20th century London, but they handle it very differently.
I think I remember people in college talking highly of Sophie's World, which makes total sense, if I'd read it as a 19 year old I would probably have loved it. Now though, not so much. Just as literature it's terrible, I think the same kind of thing could have been done without such a belabored story.
I absolutely loved The Age of Wonder, I highly recommend it if you looking for a good long audiobook to listen to! It covers some figures in science during one of my favorite historical periods (late 18th early 19th centuries). It's truly engaging, I absolutely love that it gives equal weight to some central women of the time, and discusses everything with real warmth and sympathy.


• Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
The Accidental by Ali Smith
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (read for my book club)

Audiobooks listened to in April:
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

Movies & TV Watched in April:

Bob's Burgers: Season 5
More Friends Season 3
Documentary Now!: "Sandy Passage" (I'd like to watch more, just need to be in the mood)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (I'd never seen it! It's so weird and good!)
Detectorists: Season 1: (SO GOOD)
Plus some MST3K, I forget which ones

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