Reading Wrap Up {April}

Each month, I’ll be featuring the books I purchased that month, and the ones I read (or started reading and didn’t manage to finish because there are other things to do in life and sometimes – although reading is awesome – they don’t measure up and sometimes you need to take out the garbage/attend a class/write a paper/make a grilled cheese/see the outdoors).

I also track my reading selections and to be read list on a site called Goodreads. You can find my book lists on Goodreads here, and feel free to follow along there too.

Clicking on the book title will bring you to Goodreads as well. I know you can buy books at Amazon and Chapters and all those megastores, and I could make it easy for you and send you there. But that’s boring. Support your independent new and used bookstores. They love you, and we need to show them the love too.

Books Bought


Lit: A Memoir – Mary Karr

Favourite quote so far: “Blameless, the Greek translators call it. That’s what Odysseus wished for his son, Telemachus: to live guilt free. As a teenager myself, reading how Odysseus boffed witches and fought monsters, I inked the word blameless on the bottom of my tennis shoe. And my favorite part was always when he came home after decades and no one knew him.”


Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books – Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby, author of About a Boy and most recently, Juliet, Naked, takes readers into ten years of his book-loving habits from 2003-2013. A giant to-be-read list and critique all in one.


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl – Mona Awad

Mona Awad, a Canadian author and a new voice in fiction, brings the story of Lizzie’s efforts to get thin, counting calories, miles and pounds. From the back cover: “Mona Awad skewers our body image-obsessed culture, and at the same time delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform.”

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Lydia Davis offers stories entitled such things as “How Shall I Mourn Them?”, “How She Could Not Drive” and “We Miss You: A Study of Get-Well Letters from a Class of Fourth-Graders”.

Books Read


Born Weird – Andrew Kaufman

Set in Canada (finally!), this unusual book about family is just light enough to read between other things, but deep enough to feel like you’ve read something worthwhile.

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (unfinished)

Loving this so far, but it is a major commitment. Not for the faint of heart, nor the easily saddened, this tale of four friends is gripping, as each character is (thus far) described in huge detail.


The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

This was a cute read, easy and fun and perfect for when you need a break between other less enjoyable activities. Don Tillman, the leading man, is in need of a wife, and Rosie is looking (or not looking, really) for love. The two of them have practically nothing in common, and yet this is truly a love story. A great spring read.

The Mountain and the Valley- Ernest Buckler (unfinished)

This is a widely acclaimed novel is set in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, and I was hopeful that I could love it. The writing is dense and beautiful, almost poetic, and although Buckler evokes all the right feelings of the Valley, the story leaves something to be desired. I’m really hoping the second half picks it up a little, because I do want to like it.

What have you been reading- or buying – this month?


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