April is one of those months where you never really know quite what to expect. This is especially true in New England, when the weather can be freezing and rainy one day and gloriously sunny the next. Though we definitely had our share of ups and downs weather-wise this month, life has been steadily looking up! Here’s what I was up to in April:
In April I read a total of 4 books.
- The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass edited by Maurice S. Lee
- On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit edited by Ken Cerniglia
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
I read some great books in April (courtesy of one of my dear friends who loans me fantastic books), which makes choosing a favorite one difficult. However, the one that I’ve been thinking about the most recently is Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Interestingly enough, I bought a copy of this book when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City last month without even realizing that Wilder, the mind behind Our Town, is the author. (Clearly, this was an impulse purchase if I’ve ever made one.) Its rather short length is certainly not indicative of the depth and resonance it possesses, making it a sort of TARDIS in a sense. (Doctor Who, anyone?) At any rate, if you have not yet read this book or Our Town by Thornton Wilder, I highly recommend them!
In many ways, the month of April on a college campus feels like a whirlwind of contradictions. Apart from the aforementioned unpredictable weather, there are also lulls and spikes in coursework, feelings of excitement and exhaustion, and the desire to be in far more places doing far more things than humanly possible. It’s hard to balance doing coursework and focusing on wrapping things up for the semester in the midst of Easter and Spring Weekend festivities, yet that’s the sort of balancing act that April requires. Overall, April was certainly a month to remember!
I briefly want to mention the fact that I watched the original Star Wars for the first time this month, because I feel like that’s a pretty landmark event, at least for me. Up until this point I’ve been wading through life lost in a sea of Star Wars references I only vaguely understood, but now everything makes SO MUCH SENSE. And Yoda is so cute and funny! And I can relate to C-3PO so much! And Princess Leia is such a fantastic female heroine!! And THE MUSIC!!
Finals week is now fast approaching, which means I am currently up to my ears in papers, papers, a few exams, and more papers. Though I desperately want the work to be done and over with, the prospect of leaving all of my friends behind when I move back home for the summer has painted everything with a bittersweet hue recently. I have two weeks left on this campus before embarking on the four-month stretch of summer (I know, we have a long summer break!). I’m really excited for the fun adventures that I’m hoping to have this summer, but in an ideal world those adventures would take place with my Wheaton friends alongside me. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling pretty conflicted lately!
Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:
- People IRL Read This Blog?!?! | Discussion
- How Shakespeare Redefined Beauty (Sort of) | Discussion
- Beauty and the Beast Book Tag
- The Reader Confession Tag
Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:
- Puput compares reviewing books on Goodreads v. blogs
- Inside My Library Mind discusses feminist writing
- The Bookavid talks about subjectivity in book reviews
- Mahriya explains why we shouldn’t compare ourselves to other bookworms
- Emily shares this incredible list of 18 books she’s looking forward to in the rest of 2017
How was your month of April? What was the best book you read? Have you ever had a month where you read nothing? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!