What I Read In April 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these difficult times we’re living in, due to the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’. Thankfully, in April, I was blessed with glorious sunny weather; a lovely Easter weekend and plenty of wonderful books to escape into, so here is what I managed to finish reading:

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (1940) *** – First, I finished this classic, Christian non-fiction by the celebrated Christian author, C S Lewis, in which he lays out his ideas and arguments that pain is not sufficient reason to reject belief in a good and powerful God. A very apt read in the current climate of change, suffering and worry; and I took a lot of inspiration, hope and comfort from reading it.

The Watsons by Jane Austen (1871) ** – Next, one evening, I polished off this classic, unfinished novel from the collection of Austen’s short/unfinished works I own; all of which I put on my Classics Club list. This fragment introduces us to young Emma Watson, as she reunites with her estranged father and siblings, after being raised by her wealthy aunt. A nice, short and light escape, just a shame there wasn’t more of it!

River Rising by John A. Heldt (2017) * – Then, over the sunny Easter break, I time-travelled with book one of Heldt’s latest Carson Chronicles series; which follows the Carson siblings as they travel back to Golden Age America in search of their missing parents. This proved to be a longer and slower read then I anticipated, however it was a nice, light, easy read that I am enjoyed in the garden.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (1992) *** – In the following week of more glorious sunshine, I continued to enjoy reading out in the garden, this hilarious fourteenth Discworld novel and the fourth adventure with the wickedly, fun witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat; as they deal with elvish mischief in this fantastical parody of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (2018) *** – Finally, I plunged myself into this moving historical-fiction, book three in Weir’s Tudor Queens series, which is about Henry VIII’s third wife. While her life was a lot less dramatic than her predecessors: Katherine and Anne, I found myself gently enthralled by her journey from country knight’s daughter to the dizzying heights of queen, and ended up finishing a book of this length in record time for me.

Holy Bible – I finished reading through the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, an account of the major prophet; and during Holy Week, I finished reading the Passion sections of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament, as part of my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams.

Altogether that is five books finished in April, which is just over average for me and they were all of a high quality, too. So another month where it has been win, win for my reading! Which of course again makes it hard to choose my pick of the month. Three of my five read earned the top score of 3 stars from me, but I think pick of the month marginally has to go to Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies, as it was just so much fun!

During April, I have also continued to dip in and out of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the controversial favourite of Queen Anne; and I started reading The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, my result for The Classics Club’s recent Spin event; and The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier for the upcoming reading week.

Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? How was your April? What did you read in April?

19 thoughts on “What I Read In April 2020

  1. I see you’re getting nice weather and reading in the garden. Lots of books and great quality too…! That’s great, especially in these trying times. I finished two books in April and I’m half way another. All three 4*.

    1. Sadly this week we have had more April showers than sunshine, but when we did have it, it was glorious! Great to hear you’ve had a great month of reading too! 😃

  2. I had a fantastic month of reading. Just posted it! I’m always so sad about those unfinished books of Miss Austen! I have yet to read The Problem of Pain, in fact, I have so many of his to read. I need to remedy that. I need to return to Discworld at some point. Only have read one or two of them. Maybe when the libraries open back up. :/ I have at least TWO books for Instagram read-alongs, so I better get reading. Lorna Doone and Adam Bede. 🙂

    1. Amy, great to hear you had a fantastic month of reading – I will pop over when I can to check out your monthly post. I hope you will have a chance to read The Problem of Pain and more Discworld novels soon. 🙂

    1. I haven’t heard of Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner, but glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, and I hope you are able to read The Loving Spirit for the Daphne du Maurier reading week, too. 🙂

  3. I have vague recollections of The Professor. It’s quite a painful story of unrequited love I think especially because it’s close to the authors own experience.

  4. A lovely varied collection of books read in April. Delighted to see you will be reading The Loving Spirit I look forward to hearing about it.

    1. Ali, it was a good varied month of reading and I am looking forward to reading The Loving Spirit. I hope you enjoy whatever du Maurier you read. 🙂

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