“But fiction has the unique power of revealing something true.”
― Ali Smith, The Accidental
Happy(?) May! Here’s to hoping it’s going to be a better, kinder month for all of us 🍻
My April reads was such a diverse collection of titles centered mostly about humanity, technology and nature. Though very different from each other they do have that same feeling of tragedy and hopeful though unsure endings. Always, I am reminded of the inevitable potential of man for continuous improvement and destruction; and how there is really only a very thin line between the two fates.
How many books did you read for April, and which ones are your favorites? Here’s a quick rundown of my April reading month:
➤ Outline by Rachel Cusk 4.5⭐️
➤ Weather by Jenny Offill 4⭐️
➤ The Accidental by Ali Smith 4⭐️
➤ Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk 5⭐️
➤ The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan 4⭐️
➤ Three Women by Lisa Taddeo 4⭐️
➤ Happily Ever After and Everything in Between by Debbie Tung 3⭐️
➤ Piercing by Ryu Murakami 4⭐️
➤ Audition by Ryu Murakami 4⭐️
➤ 55 slightly sinister stories by Racha Mourtada 2⭐️
My favorites are Outline, The Accidental and DYPOTBOTD. Special honors to Ryu Murakami’s skilled and brutal writing—his books were the quickest escape when I was not in the happiest state of mind.
APRIL JOURNAL SPREAD
I also want to share my April journal spread! I am no artist by any means, so I’m grateful for the invention of stickers. I want to do more of these on my planner but I’m too lazy so I promised myself I will at least do monthly wrap-up spreads. My April was mostly: quarantine things, staying indoors and dreaming of the outdoors… but also there were a lot of really good books, booksta-collabs, Netflix shows, quality time with the family, and my son’s birthday. No matter how bad it is outside, I still have my pocket of heaven inside.
I don’t normally set up monthly TBR lists for myself because I don’t like the feeling of required reading. I choose my reads according to mood, I just know I’ll be reading certain books at a certain time. I guess the only exception is that I have committed to read one nonfiction book every month, as inspired by Lala in the Library. My nonfiction pick for this month is Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay. Milkman by Anna Burns has been on my TBR since last year. I thought it would be too much to read these titles together since I believe they have the same themes of rape culture and gender discrimination, so I also chose The Binding by Bridget Collins to have a bit of fantastical/whimsical read to balance it all out.
Quarantine in our area is supposed to be ending on May 15th, but there have been so many prior cancellations and extensions that I’m not really counting on it anymore. Besides, I don’t think I’ll be rushing outside even when the government finally lifts the lockdown. I’d most probably stay inside for at least another week, see how things are…
Any updates where you are? Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! 💕