Reading matter(s) of the month: April, 2016

I have set a goal to myself that I would read at least 3 books in the fourth month of 2016 (aka April). And I am happy to have accomplished that :). In fact, I read 4 books! We’ve just gone through 17 weeks of 2016 or, roughly, one-third of the year and I’ve read 18 books so far. I am keeping up the pace, and that’s great!

So, here goes the titles that had my attention:

The “Read” list of April, 2016:

4 books read in April

So, I read 2 non-fiction and 2 fictions books:

  1. Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus: the authors describe it as a “why-to” and not a “how-to” book about minimalism. I loved it! The writing is personal, stirring and inspiring. And it was the first book that I read that I really cared about reading end notes while I was reading the text.
  2. Paraíso Perdido (Filhos do Éden, #3) by Eduardo Spohr: this is the last book of a series written by the Brazilian author Eduardo Spohr, who started self-publishing his work relying on social networking and Web sites to promote his first book. It’s a supernatural fantasy saga, jumping between the present time and the past, with angels, demons, gods and deities inspired by different mythologies and religions. It’s heavy on world building and epic tales that influences the future of the human kind.
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: this book started off pretty well, I enjoyed until I was at around 30% and then the narrative becomes quite uninteresting to me. Although there are many positive reviews about it, I think it was not my style. I finished it, but didn’t enjoy it.
  4. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran: It was the first time I read a feminist book. It’s a kind of auto-biography discussing aspects of every woman’s life, from puberty until the responsibilities of a working woman and mother. It was a good read! It’s controversial, I had fun and identified myself with many of the author’s opinions.

The “To-Read” pile of April, 2016:

I’ve been policing myself to not add too many titles to this list because I already have a waiting list of 177 books. Even though, I added 5 books to my pile in April.

I know, this do not seem sustainable as far as “ticking a checklist”, maybe a “one-in/one-out” rule would be more reasonable. Well, but you know what? To-read lists are there just to serve as a direction, an inspiration to our future reads, so, I guess it’s okay to have a never ending pile of books to look for. Here are my five new inspirations:

5 more book to the “to-read” pile
  1. Stuffocation: Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever by James Wallman: This was a recommendation of The Minimalists, I think I heard about it on one of their podcasts last month. It is part of my quest to a more meaningful life.
  2. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer: This book is cited on the feminist book I read in April by Caitlin Moran. This book is considered a landmark of the feminist movement in the 70’s, a true classic.
  3. Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, Chad Emmett: Another book that got into my list inspired by the discussions we were having over on Goodreads Book Club “Our Shared Shelf”.
  4. You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel: I love to read Tammy Strobel’s blog “Rowdy Kittens” and I think it’s time to read one of her books.
  5. Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power by William Brohaugh: This was another recommendation I heard on The Minimalists podcast (episode 18 about “Writing” to be exact).

The “I am still reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of April, 2016:

  1. Les Catilinaires by Amélie Nothomb: this is my still ongoing attempt to read French literature. I am enjoying it, but the other books took most of my time last month.

Final Stats:

And that was all for April! Considering that I read two long books: American Gods (624 pages) and Paraíso Perdido (Filhos do Éden, #3) (560 pages) it was a very productive month.

In May I would like to continue with the pace of at least 3 books read, I think this goal is working for me now. Happy reading!!

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