1. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. I hit a reading slump at the end of March and, unfortunately, I’m still in the middle of it. I’m hoping it doesn’t last long, but so far, nothing’s been able to bring me out of it. So, since I don’t know how much reading I will actually get through this month, I decided to continue on with the Percy Jackson series. I’ve enjoyed the first three books, and know these are quick reads for me (finishing books tends to motivate me to read more, so hopefully this will help with my slump).
2. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought it was fiction. When I found out it was a true story, I definitely got a bit more excited about reading it. It’s about a group of librarians who pulled off an Ocean’s Eleven-eque heist to save a bunch of antique manuscripts from being destroyed by Al Queda. So this will be my nonfiction book of the month. It’ll be released in a couple of weeks, so expect a review soon!
3. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This is my other ARC of the month. It’s a big science fiction release from Del Rey, being marketed as World War Z meets The Martian. It sounds very interesting, so I’m excited to jump into it. This one’s coming out at the end of the month, and I will have a review up before then.
4. The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Last month, I listened to the audiobook version of Sherlock Holmes in America, which is a book of short stories about, you guessed it, Sherlock Holmes in America (except one that is mostly about Houdini and doesn’t involve Sherlock actually being in America), and it really sparked my desire to continue on with the original Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
5. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. And since I want to throw in some more easy reading, I am planning on reading a childhood classic that I, sadly, did not read as a child. I love Peter Pan (the original movie) and I really like the whole story surrounding Barrie’s writing of the book, so I need to finally read this.
This month’s theme for the Reading New England Challenge is poetry or drama. I don’t read a lot of either. And while I still might read Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (in my mind, I have a special connection with Whitman because we share a birthday, so I’d like to finally read more than a couple of his poems), I think I’m going to go with:
6. Our Town by Thornton Wilder. I think the last time I read a play that wasn’t written by Shakespeare, I was in high school. So I’m looking forward to reading this one, especially since it is so critically-acclaimed (it even won the Pulitzer for Drama).
I’m also taking part in Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson’s feminist book club (so far, I have loved all of the books!) and am planning on reading her pick for April, which is:
7. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. I don’t know much about this one, but the cover is cool! I’m also considering making it my audiobook for the month, so if you’ve read it, let me know your recommendation: should I get a physical copy or try it out on Audible?
And, finally, my TBR Jar pick of the month is: “a book featuring mental illness.” This is also a challenge for the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, so yay to killing two birds with one stone! For this challenge, I will be reading:
8. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It’s about a teenage boy who’s severe anxiety lands him in a mental hospital after he nearly kills himself because he’s stopped eating or sleeping. I’ve heard really great things about this book, and I’m particularly interested in it because Vizzini himself spent some time in a psychiatric hospital, and I think it’s cool that he transformed that experience into a moving and funny story.
And, for the hundredth (not really) month in a row, I will still be slogging along through A Brief History of Time and War and Peace. I will finish them. I will! I swear, the moment I turn the last page of Tolstoy’s masterpiece, I am going to feel like the most accomplished person in the world, at least for a minute. Currently, I am also in the middle of The Fellowship of the Ring and bell hook’s All About Love: New Visions, because I kind of hit a reading slump at the end of last month, and finishing books has been a struggle. Fingers crossed I’ll be in a better reading mood in April!
What are you planning on reading this month? And, to make myself feel better about going on month seven of reading Hawking’s (200-page) book: what’s the longest it’s ever taken you to get through a book?