April was a good reading month – I finished reading 9 books, bringing my total for the year so far to 35:
- The Last Enchantment (Arthurian Saga 3) by Mary Stewart
- The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (a re-read for book group)
- St Bartholomew’s Man by Mary Delorme
- The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers (to be reviewed)
- The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones
- Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
- Tantalus by Jane Jazz
- Burial of Ghosts by Ann Cleeves (to be reviewed)
They were all good reads, although I wouldn’t have re-read The Bell Jar if it hadn’t been my book group’s choice. I can’t say that I enjoyed that one, it is so depressing, but it is well written. All bar the first one are either library books or books I’ve acquired this year – a reaction, I suppose to finishing three months of reading only books I’ve owned before 1 January 2014!
It’s been difficult this month deciding which book to choose as my Best Book of the Month as they’ve all been enjoyable in different ways.
With so many good books by both established and new authors to choose from, after much thought, my all-round Best Book of the Month for April is The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson, a remarkable novel about the Wedgwood family, their lives, loves, work, illnesses, depressions, addictions and deaths. I found it fascinating throughout, whether it was set in America during the fight for independence, or in England in Wedgwood’s factories, or his grand new house Etruria Hall, or travelling through England on the new canals.
And I should also flag up Tantalus by Jane Jazz, a love story with a difference, set in the Yorkshire moors and Tuscany. There is so much in this book that I loved €“ the characters, the story, the charged emotions and longing, the setting and the art.
Reading Challenges progress up to 30 April (for details of these challenges see my Challenges page):
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge €“ 24 of my own unread books. My target is 48.
- Read Scotland Challenge €“ 6 books. My target 13+.
- What’s in a Name 7 €“ I’ve completed 5 of the 6 sections – just a ‘book with a school subject in the title’ to read.
- Historical Fiction Challenge €“ 6 books. My target is 25 books.
- Colour Coded Challenge €“ 3 books. The target is to read 9 books in the different colour categories.
- The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge €“ 2 books. This is an open-ended challenge to read all her books. So far I have read 57.
- My Kind of Mystery Challenge €“ 10 books. My target is 31+.
- Once Upon a Time VIII challenge – 2 books, both read this month – The Last Enchantment and Tantalus, both excellent fantasy novels.