As I expected March was a crazy month but I managed to read 20 books, which is perfect. However the quality varied and I read quite a few mediocre ones and once again the 33 1/3 volumes helped keep the tally up.
The stand out of this month is Xan Brooks’ The Clocks in this House all tell Different Times ( I’ll link the book once the review comes up next week)
The other stunner comes from Ali Smith’s Artful , a novel which challenges the idea of a novel.
I also enoyed reading Leni Zumas’ Red Clocks, which is a feminist dystopian novel.
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was a fun read
As for April, book prizes will dominate. The plan is to finish the 33 1/3 books and some other books on the TBR stack (those are already chosen – they consist of 2 short story collections, one experimental novel and one conventional novel) and then I can start on the seven books I need to read for Women’s Prize longlist: The Idiot, Three Things about Elsie, Miss Burma, When I hit You, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Manhattan Beach, See What I have done, A Boy in Winter and A Trick to Time. I also have a translated book to review. If there is enough time I may tackle the four books I have that are on the Man Booker International longlist : The White Book, Vernon Subutex 1, Die My Love and Flights. Oh and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner will be announced on April 16th.
Til next month…..