April 2020 Month-in-Review

After the (virtual) insanity of March, April was almost . . . normal.  I mean, I spend a lot of time at home anyway, so I just continued to do that for an extended period of time.  We are in full hunker down mode.  Things did start to slow down for me a bit, and the end of the semester is very welcome, but I still didn’t necessarily get a ton of reading done.

I finished five books in April.  Which isn’t terrible considering, now that I look at it.  I didn’t make much progress whittling down Mount TBR, though, because two of those books were reread (two Wheel of Time books) and I bought three books from my favorite local bookstore to give them a little extra support.  I also picked up an ARC and two books I had been eyeing for a while (one a freebie and the other on sale).

I also didn’t get a ton of writing done: publishing just four posts at Every Day Should Be Tuesday and four at Hillbilly Highways.  Which isn’t terrible considering, now that I look at it.  It is more posts than I published in February or March.  Most exciting is the very first installment of my Whiskey and Book Club, a new YouTube series in which I and another blogger talk about books and drink whiskey.  If you are interested in doing a video, let me know.  I want to get another one done this month.  What I did not do is publish another Wheel of Time Reread post, and I am falling way behind.  I hope to start playing catch up in May.

 

Whiskey and Book Club

 

April Reviews

 

Books acquired

  • Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich (review copy)
  • Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, edited and translated by Ken Liu
  • Q Road by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

 

Books started

  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Insight into China through Comparative Law Analysis of Invisible Factors and Contexts – Common Law v. Chinese Law by Vivek Jain
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, ed. and trans. by Ken Liu
  • Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich
  • The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (reread)

 

Books finished

  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case & Angus Deaton
  • Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

 

Mount TBR Counter

  • April: +3
  • Year-to-date: +7

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to April 2020 Month-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    The Communist Manifesto? What decided you on trying that out?

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    • H.P. says:

      I’ve had a copy sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I have been reading another book, What Adam Smith Knew, that consists of excerpts from the writings of various major thinkers from the past few hundred years. It includes the first two sections of The Communist Manifesto. Since the Manifesto is only five sections, I figured I could go ahead and read the rest and knock a book off Mount TBR on the cheap.

      The Communist Manifesto is too important to world history not to be on a longlist of informed-citizen-reads. You can only read so much about something before it makes sense to go ahead and read it. It isn’t the most value-added read, but it is way shorter and easier to read than a lot of other options. (It is really just a pamphlet – the intro and prefaces dwarf the manifesto itself in my copy.)

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