2014 Required Reading: April

Every time I do this monthly post, I always think about how days quickly breeze by and I am left feeling dazed and a bit overwhelmed. Isn’t it just yesterday when I posted about my reading goals and plans for this year? Now, it’s officially summer! Oh, what I will give just to have a few days of respite and bask in the warmth of the sun. And the beach! I want to go to the beach!

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But summer or not, my reading has to continue, if only to keep me sane and normal. 😀 But first, let me give a recap of how March was for me reading-wise. I am glad to report that I’ve slowly gone out of my reading slump because out of the 4 books I listed as my required reads, I was able to finish 2, plus I also finished 3 other books, all of which I gave three stars — not bad for random reads.

The March Required Reading list:

  • Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. 4/5 stars. Really very beautiful stories. Highly recommended. Must write a post about this soonest.
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin. Unfinished. I don’t know, it seems I’ve gotten tired about Westeros. I feel stressed out but I will certainly go back to this once Lenten is over.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. 3/5 stars. I bet my younger self would have loved this better. Still, it’s a beautiful story I’m looking forward to read to my children someday.
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Unfinished. When will I ever get to finish this book? Humbert Humbert, you and Lolita both make me sick.

And the random, unplanned ones:


I did not have a hard time choosing which books to read this April: one is a read-along which was planned several months ago, the other one is the book club’s book of the month, and the last one is something I planned to read to coincide with the Lenten season.

Here are the books:

April 2014 required reading

  •  What Is So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey. I’ve declared at the beginning of this year that my word for 2014 will be Grace. I believe this is the perfect book to know more about my word for the year considering that Philip Yancey is one of those Christian authors that I greatly admire. #Grace2014
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan. This is a read-along with some friends at the book club and I am encouraged with the enthusiastic response of those who’ve finished reading this book.
  • If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino. (Is the title really written like that?) The book club’s  book of the month. I’ve read the first few paragraphs, and oh my, is it just me or is the narration lovely?

I am excited for the books I’ve chosen for this month. I doubt whether I’ll be making any random reads in between, just like what I did last month.

Bring in the summer. April is here! <3


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