Where did April go? It’s been a fairly slow month for me, book-wise. I read 4 of the 5 books in my April book stack, and I’m not even finished with the fourth one. Granted, it’s the fourth movement of A Dance to the Music of Time, and the longest volume yet at about 800 pages. Realistically, I probably never had a prayer of finishing all 5 books, but looking at the page count I “should” have finished 4. But it’s not a contest, is it? I guess I should just relax and get on with May. Here’s what I have in store:
From top to bottom:
- A Dance to the Music of Time (Fourth Movement), by Anthony Powell: The bookmark is sitting right between the second and third novella. About 270 pages to go. This volume is a bit slower than the earlier ones, and that’s saying something because not much really “happens” in any of them.
- Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby: This is another carryover from April, that fifth book I didn’t get to. It’s a new Virago edition, which is just being released in the US by Trafalgar Square Publishing.
- A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor: This is the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary May readalong. I always enjoy Taylor’s books, and some critics thought it her best novel. I’m eager to see for myself!
- Dark Fire, by C.J. Sansom: The second in a series of Tudor-era mysteries that I just discovered this year. Quite a chunkster, as you can see, but I’ve heard it’s a relatively quick read.
- None to Accompany Me, by Nadine Gordimer: The oldest book on my TBR shelf! I added it to my LibraryThing catalog four years ago. I assumed I picked it up after reading her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Conservationist, but that’s not the case so I’m not sure what prompted me to buy it. Fortunately I haven’t lost interest in reading it!
- Finally on my Kindle, there’s George Eliot’s Middlemarch. The Team Middlemarch discussion of Book III Waiting for Death, is scheduled for May 19. I need to read about 50 pages by then.
Applying some of April’s realism, that’s probably enough to keep me busy for the month. But just in case, I have a couple more possibilities available at my local library:
- The Observations, by Jane Harris: I just bought her latest, Gillespie and I, and want to read this one first.
- Carry Me Down, by M. J. Hyland: This Booker Prize nominee caught my attention when I was perusing the backlist.
If I don’t get to these in May, you’ll see them on my June stack!
What are your May reading plans?