April read list, plus updates

Where the heck does time go, anyway? Here I am not even quite a week into my new blog (!) and I’ve started to slack off on my reading already. Ah well, I guess old habits die hard. March is almost gone, and I figured I would start April off with a clean slate. I’ve got a pile of ARCs to review, which of course means they need to be read, and I thought if I posted my read list for all the world to see I might somehow shame myself into staying on a regular reading schedule and get it all done in a timely fashion. Heh. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

First up on the list is Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, which, if I’m totally honest with myself , should have been reviewed last month. Or was it the month before? It’s terrible how I let time get the best of me. At any rate, I’m really enjoying reading all about the time period, the elegant people, the fantastic music, the rising stars of the age… swanky parties flowing with champagne and seedy bars with absinthe, all of them shrouded with the thick blue smoke of cigarettes and cigars. You’d expect Humphrey Bogart to walk out at any moment and rattle off one of his lines (“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”).

Next up is Bread And Wine by Shauna Niequist. I am having an all-out blast reading this book, a sort of marriage between cookbook and family table memoirs, as it is bringing back a flood of memories from my own past. It’s funny, sad, heart-warming all at the same time, as the author stays down to earth and encourages the reader to create memories of their own around the table. I’m thinking of trying a few of her recipes, and, depending on how they go, may include them in my review. We’ll see!

A few more honorable mentions:

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White

A Month Of Tomorrows by Chuck Walsh

The Appearance Of A Hero by Peter Levine

Nothing Lost, Everything Gained by William G. Guzman

Many of these are actually a year or so old, but with the hell year I’ve had, I never got the chance to read them. Here’s to getting them done in the coming weeks! (I think I can, I think I can…)

I also wanted to thank my new followers, and anyone just stopping by to check out the blog. I’m honored by your support, and I’d love to hear from any of you. If you like what you read, please leave a comment! And if you hate it, let me know! Even if you just want to tell me to stuff it, because everything I write is rubbish. Seriously! I can handle pretty much anything and the critiques of others are what keeps me motivated and trying harder.

I’m also still learning to make the blog more user friendly, and am incredibly ignorant of the whole process, so please bear with me. I do however have an incredibly lame twitter and FaceBook page set up for the blog, if you want to check it out and follow/leave comments there:


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