The spring weather we've been experiencing in the UK for a couple of weeks has just shuddered to a halt and snow is forecast for certain areas. That may include us in Devon, it may not, no one seems to know. No matter, I have a warm fire and plenty of books and jigsaw puzzles.
March was a good reading month for me. Pretty much everything I read was enjoyable and interesting in some way and that's all you can ask for. (Although cake is always nice...) Eleven books in all and these are they:
19. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
20. The Sunny Side of the Alps by Roy Clark
21. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
22. Thrush Green by Miss Read
23. A Picture of Murder by T.E. Kinsey
24. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
25. Blind Search by Paula Munier. I didn't review this but it's book 2 of the author's 'Mercy and Elvis the dog' crime series and was excellent.
26. The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth
27. The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray
28. Winter at Thrush Green by Miss Read. Also not reviewed but delightful. Wonderful descriptions of autumn and winter in The Cotswolds and nice to see what happened to the characters in Thrush Green.
29. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey. Almost finished and to be reviewed but this is an incredibly unsettling book.
So seven fiction books and four non-fiction. I've been slacking a bit with my non-fiction reading this year so that gets me caught up a little. I've done a bit of travelling this month, Maine and Vermont in the USA, Slovenia in Eastern Europe, all over Scandinavia, and all over the oceans of the world reading about dolphins and whales. I've comfort-read but I've also learnt a 'lot'. I've laughed, been surprised and even shocked, felt despair (dolphins) and generally just had a cracking reading month.
So, next month. A few books I'd like to read:
The three books on the left at the bottom are for the Read Around the World challenge I'm doing this year, the category for April is 'Islands'. The Lord of the Rings is there not because I want to read the whole thing but I had a fancy to read the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, again. The rest may follow, who knows? To be honest I'd love one of those boxed sets of three separate books and was lusting after one that was about £70! Hmm. The rest of the books are all maybes, 'we'll sees'.
I also want to take part in Simon at Stuck in a Book's Read the Year club, which is the year 1954. That takes place from the 18th. to the 24th. of April. I have several books lined up on my Kindle:
Because of Sam - Molly Clavering
Maigret Goes to School - Georges Simenon
The Toll-Gate - Georgette Heyer
The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov
Realistically, being a slow reader, I doubt I'll manage more than two and those two will probably be the first two listed.
Anyway, a couple of days early but Happy April and I hope you find a lot of excellent books to read.