Friday, May 4, 2018

What I Read: April

April was an okay reading month! Once again, I read four books...that seems to be the monthly number I've settled into and that's good with me. :) One of these was a reread. As always, click on the titles to read my Goodreads reviews!

Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen. This one wasn't exactly what I expected! After reading the blurb on the back, I thought I knew what it would be about but it turns out the blurb wasn't very accurate. (I went into that more in my review.) The writing was beautiful and the descriptions made me feel like I was there, seeing what the author was seeing. This book is a little out of my comfort zone, and not the sort of thing that I usually read. It's not one that I would be very anxious to pick back up, but while I was reading it, I enjoyed it! (I mostly skimmed the additional stories in the back, Shadows on the Grass. Most of it seemed repetitive from the main book.)

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers. I absolutely loved this book when I first read it eight years ago. Unfortunately upon rereading it, it wasn't quite as amazing as I remembered, but it's still very charming and sweet! The book Mary Poppins is so different from the Disneyfied movie version: she's vain and snarky and rude, but I still really like her, ha. :) There's a lot of magical imagery in this book.

Jim Wrenn, by William Guerrant. This book was lent to me by a friend in knitting group, and it's actually written by someone I know: a vendor at the same farmer's market where we sell. I enjoyed it very much, though it was definitely pretty sad (lots of deaths and hardships). It was strange but also neat to read about places that I know in my hometown!

Mary Poppins Comes Back, by P.L. Travers. I didn't read this whole book! I don't own an individual copy of this second Mary Poppins book, so I read it from this bind up of the first four books. I did enjoy this, but not as much as the first one. Even though Travers comes up with very creative scenarios, a couple of the chapters in this one felt very similar to ones in the first book. I think I'll enjoy this series more if I spread them out a bit instead of reading them all at once.