Goodbye April, Hello May 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? April has been another super busy month with a rainy school residential trip, an Agape Meal on Maundy Thursday, a gloriously sunny Easter Sunday, a St George’s Day extravaganza in our castle grounds and a lovely trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Where did my two weeks off go?! Even with all that though, I enjoyed some great reading, especially in my garden in the mini-heatwave we had. Here’s what I read:

Fiction: 2          Non-Fiction: 1

First, I lost myself in the historical fiction The Tudor Crown by Joanna Hickson, which continues Hickson’s War of the Roses story from the brilliant The First of the Tudors. I didn’t love it as much as the first book, however it was still a fascinating glimpse into the lost history of Henry Tudor’s exile. Then I moved on to the riotous fantasy Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, the eighth instalment in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series and the first book following Captain Vimes and his ramshackle Night’s Watch. With magic, a secret society, mysterious goings-on, incompetent policing and dragons, what is not to love?!

Alongside these fictions, I also read the Christian non-fiction Love Wins by Rob Bell, which challenges the old presumptions of heaven and hell, and offers courageous, provocative alternative answers. My church’s book club will meet to discuss this at the end of May.

Pick of the Month: Guards! Guards!

Altogether that is three books read. During the month, I also read a little more of Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley  and the turn-of-the-century classic Howards End by E. M. Forster. I also started reading historical fiction By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea: the eagerly anticipated conclusion to her Munro Scottish trilogy.

In May, I look forward to celebrating my brother’s special birthday and to a short term and so another week off very soon! A quieter month, with hopefully even more time for reading.

What did you do and read in April? What are your plans for May?


12 thoughts on “Goodbye April, Hello May 2019

  1. You sound like you had a lovely week – I look forward to your thoughts on Howard’s End – I’ve not read it but would be interested.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, I did have a lovely time – if a little tiring! Hopefully you won’t have to wait too long to read my thoughts on Howards Ends. I must admit I am enjoying taking my time with it. 🙂

  2. Sounds like an enjoyable month, reading and otherwise! Here’s hoping you get another mini-heatwave to coincide with your May break. 😀

    1. It was a very enjoyable month, FF – well except for maybe the very wet residential trip! Unfortunately a mini-heatwave did not coincide with our Bank Holiday weekend, but fingers-crossed the sun will have returned for the half-term break. 🙂

  3. Sounds as if you had a very enjoyable April, books and all. I’ve not read any Discworld beyond a couple of Tiffany Aching books, so I’m not sure what I’d think of any others. I am looking forward to reading that first Joanna Hickson book on the Tudors.

    I read a lot in April, but see things slowing down this month and next with a new grand baby on the horizon. 🙂

    Enjoy your upcoming events this month.

    1. Thank you Kelly 🙂 I hope you will enjoy Joanna Hickson’ First of the Tudors and if you enjoyed those couple of Tiffany Aching books you read, I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy other books from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

  4. April was a good month for me too with mostly wonderful books. Enjoy your reading group meeting this month.

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