April Reading Roundup

You’ve already read about my (book-wise) pathetic February + March, so you know that I was dead set on reading more in April. That happened not just because I was trying to read more, but also because of a very tragic situation at my parents’ new house in Germany: no Internet.

I’ve already explored much of the main sights of Halle an der Saale and though I found the town adorable, I didn’t have much energy to go exploring everyday. I was on antibiotics. I was exhausted from London and Paris. And I was in the perfect situation to read for hours everyday: in the morning, in the afternoon, at night. Being a reading machine for a few weeks felt great.

First, I finished all of the Harry Potter books. Seven books? That deserves its own reading roundup post, so I wrote that up separately. (See how productive I am with Internet again?!) Once those books were finished, I dove into a few other books, fiction and memoirs, and really enjoyed them. Switching off of fact-heavy non-fiction for a little bit was a good decision. Sometimes you need to be wrapped up into another world for a time to better appreciate your own.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Nonfiction / Recommended

What a crazy life some people lead. This book is worth it if for no other reason than to shake your head in disbelief, thinking “what the hell…”

Thank you Steve from Twenty First Century Nomad for the recommendation!

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Fiction / Recommended

The best way I can describe Kingsolver’s writing is “mature,” and while it took me a bit to really get into the book, I was then quite stuck. Her incorporation of thoughts about marriage were intertwined with scary realizations about the health of our planet, which sounds like a weird combination, but it was masterfully done.

Thank you Liz from Tumblr for the recommendation!

Overall, nine books in a month? I’m feeling good about that. May the good reading continue.

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