It has been an interesting reading month. Books with rave reviews fell just a tad flat for me and when I might have - once, given 5 Star reviews myself, I up and scaled back my ratings. I will most probably take heat for some of the lower ratings, but, here's the deal: Not every book is for everyone. And, certainly, we read in seasons; one book might appeal to us in this season, and out of season, maybe, not so much. A book we abandoned several years ago, might be agreeable now. April was a month of seasons for me.
Being the end of April and the end of a third of the year into my 2021 Reading Goals, I wanted to complete a reading wellness check.
Goal #1: Read 100 Books in 2021. As I have already completed 40 books this year in 4 months, I am comfortable with where I stand toward meeting this goal, and could easily see myself surpassing this goal. That I made no restrictions on what I might read - or re-read - has been freeing and has allowed me to enjoy what I have been reading, lately, all the more.
Goal #2: Read 8 books aloud with Jeff. We are currently reading our second book of the year - and it is a long one! Because we still have several lo-oong chapters still to go, I'm not sure we'll be able to read another 6 books by the end of the year, however, the quality of books have been immeasurable.
Goal #3. Read 12 books for my book club. On track, of course, to read - and meet - for book club, 12 books. Thus far, this year, we have read and discussed thoroughly and enjoyably: Transcendent Kingdom, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anxious People, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. We also have our next three months of books scheduled: The Midnight Library, The Rose Code, and The Fountains of Silence.
Goal #4. Read 12 classics towards my Classics Club goal. I have been able to squeeze in at least one classic each month, thus far! Even more exciting, though, is when, once, classics were not on my reading radar, I am, now, seeking them out ever since I joined the classics club.
The following are what I've been reading in April: