Five… Books to Read in April

I’ve spent half of today writing and re-writing this Five post, because I haven’t been able to decide what this weeks topic should be. I’ve covered colour, Book-to-TV adaptations, and classics. However, I am so completely unsure of what to write about, I have decided to do an April TBR list post. So, without further gilding of the lily, here are the five books I aim to read (at least) in April.

Five… Books to Read in April

Five
Eleanor Oliphant is Compeltely Fine
Gail Honeyman

To kickstart my #Womensprize2018bigread I have Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, longlisted for the Womens Prize 2018, and winner of the Costa book awards 2017. I’m extremely curious about this book. I tried listening to it on audiobook over the summer, on my daily commute to uni, but I didn’t get very far. I’m hoping that all the good things I have heard from friends and colleagues is true, and it was just the medium which had me struggling over the summer.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Blurb from Goodreads

Four
A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

This has been keeping my TBR section upright, as it’s a hefty hardback. I’ve been trying to get round to it for ages, but I’m such a huge mood reader that it keeps getting pushed further down the list! I am determined though, A Skinful of Shadows is one of my priority reads for April.

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there’s a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death

Blurb from Goodreads

Three
Autumn
Ali Smith

As this is due back to the Library by the 14th, I really need to get cracking with Ali Smith’s Autumn, nominated for more awards than I care to list right now. I have to admit that the driver for reading is simply that it needs to go back to the Library. If I owned this, it would be being bumped down the pile for a bit longer, because I’m not sure I’m in the mood to be reading it.

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer.Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. 

Blurb from Goodreads

Two
The Cruel Prince
Holly Black

I caved, and I bought The Cruel Prince. Hopefully it’ll be arriving over the next few days. I’ve been reading some good, and some scathing reviews of the first book in this series. For myself, I am interested because of the “dark side of fey” and the whole main character being thoroughly unlikable. I think it’ll be incredibly YA, but at least it’s tempered my expectations, and I am very curious.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself

Blurb from Goodreads

One
The Illiad
Homer

Perhaps overly ambitious, but my big challenge of April will be to read the Illiad, one of Homer’s epic poems about the battle of Troy. I’ve been reading so much greek drama recently that I thought I might go all the way back to a (transaltions of) the original poem and find out what I’ve missed over the intervening centuries. Even if I don’t finish, I would like to start, and make significant headway, into this long ass poem.

 

Well, I think I’ve got a fair balance on my TBR list this month! I’ve got YA, epics, books listed on awards and children’s books. 

Bea

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