My Bookish Month of April 2020

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

I didn’t think it was even remotely possible but months spent in COVID-19 times fly by even faster than regular months! My department is still working in shifts, switching between working in the office and either working from home or having that time off. I worked from home for one week and I had time off for one week, and between listening to audiobooks while working (which I can never do in the office) and while gardening when I had time off my audiobook stats are through the roof. I also did a lot of reading, so overall this is the best bookish month I’ve had this year!

I managed to read another Spanish novel, as per my NY resolution. This time I chose to reread The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, which dates back from the time when I read a lot of chick lit. For me, it’s the ultimate feel-good novel, it always makes me smile and what with all that’s going on IRL, I could use a little pick-me-up.

In figures April looks like this:

Novels: 5501 pages over 18 books
Audiobooks: 66.5 hours over 8 audiobooks

And here’s what I did last month, and some of what I’ll be posting this month:

What I read (full novels):

Ash Mountain, Helen Fitzgerald (review to follow)
Forever in the Memory of God: And Other Stories, Peadar Ó Guilín
He Started it, Samantha Downing
Cursed (Henning Juul 4), Thomas Enger
Blood Red City, Rod Reynolds
The Wise Friend, Ramsey Campbell (review to follow)
Damsel, Elana K. Arnold
La Reina de la Casa (The Undomestic Goddess), Sophie Kinsella
What Lies Between Us, John Marrs (review to follow)
Dear Child, Romy Hausmann (review to follow)
Who We Were, B.M. Carroll (review to follow)
Harrow Lake, Kat Ellis
Rose Madder, Stephen King
Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales
Red Hood, Elana K. Arnold
Ink to Ashes, Russell Day
Afraid of the Light: An anthology of crime fiction

What I read (novellas):

Murder Wore A Mask (Mydworth Mysteries 4), Matthew Costello & Neil Richards

What I listened to:

Bitter Sun, Beth Lewis
Knock Knock, Chris Merritt
The Split, Sharon Bolton
What’s Left Of Me Is Yours, Stephanie Scott (review to follow)
The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker
Wilder Girls, Rory Power
The Sister, Dervla McTiernan
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson

What I read earlier but reviewed in April:

The Bird Tribunal, Agnes Ravatn
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The City We Became, N. K. Jemisin
The Passengers You Cannot See, The Behrg
The Book of Koli, M.R. Carey
Little Disasters, Sarah Vaughan
Sister, Kjell Ola Dahl

Last month I also reshared my review of Wilderness by B. E. Jones in honour of the paperback publication day.

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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