April is here, and just like that, it’s almost the end of the first quarter of the year (and also the end of my second trimester). March was super busy – adjusting to my new home, having masteral classes almost every weekend, and some pregnancy-related concerns. Despite planning to read only two books per month, IĀ chose three books to read last March, and it was such an ambitious feat because I only managed to finish one! I got to finish a couple of other books, too, but they were not on my reading list.

Here’s a recap:

  1. Hunger by Knut Hamsun. 4/5 stars. The only book I read from my list.
  2. A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Untouched. I plan to include this on my list this month.
  3. From This Day Forward by Marla Miniano. Untouched. I think I’ll just read this on May which will be timely because my husband and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary on May 12.

I was able to read and finish Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen and Hate List by Jennifer Brown (both 4 stars), but they were quick and easy reads and were picked out only whimsically.

I hope I will be able to get my reading groove back, because this month I am still undeterred with my dismal performance last month. I have chosen to read four books! Hah!

Here are my April books:

April Required Reads

Ambitious, yes?

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I realized that I wasn’t as conscientious as I should be with my 501 Must-Read Children’s Books Challenge, so I decided to include this book in my list for this month. I plan to include at least one 501 book every other month just so I can make progress with this self-imposed challenge.
  2. A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Carried-over from my March list. I plan to read this on the last week of April.
  3. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Our book club’s book of the month. This is my first Marilynne Robinson.
  4. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s been a while since I’ve read a thick book, and since a bunch of friends from the book club are doing a read-along of this chunkster, I decided to join in. I figure it’s more fun to read a chunkster when there are others to motivate you, right? The book is divided into 3 volumes, and each volume is equivalent to one paperback. Ugh. But I must trudge on.

Tina of One More Page hosts the Required Reading Challenge. Hop on to her blog to see the lists of the other Required Reading Gang! šŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: April 2013

  1. I really hope you’ll be able to finish Little Women (don’t care when, for as long as you do!). It’s one of my favorite classics. I love the March sisters! šŸ™‚

    1. I met Laurie already and so far I like him. I’m taking my sweet time reading this considering we have Gilead and JS&MN for this month too! šŸ™‚

  2. I’m going to cheer you on for JS and MN! My main problem with the book is it’s teeny tiny font size and more so when it came to the footnotes! They were miniscule! Hee. (I have the paperback copy)

    Good Luck on your Required Reads this April! šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Tin! I need all the motivation I can get. Haha! And yes, the font is a challenge to my myopic eyes and the footnotes are really distracting! šŸ™‚

    1. I really hope I’d be able to read Goon Squad this month. I’ve been planning to read it for quite some time now but I always get distracted by other books. Haha!

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