April Reading


With so much happening in Lent during April, and then preparations for Easter, a little share of books fell to the wayside! Here's my stack of reading from the month of April--which fit in along side my reading for Lent--all borrowed from our local library. And a bit of a rarity for me--all these books are fiction!

Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster (Edward på ville veier Norwegian translation from the original English.)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Kjærlighetens historie Norwegian translation from the original English.)

Just Before Happiness by Agnes Ledig (Very difficult to find a link in English for this one...I read this in a Norwegian translation--To sekunder før miraklet--from the original French, Juste Avant Le Bonheur.)

The Temptation To Be Happy by Lorenzo Marone (Forsøk på å være lykkelig Norwegian translation of the original Italian, La Tentazione Di Essere Felici.)

The Letter from Betsy by Marianne Storberg (I read this from the original Norwegian, Brevet fra Betsy.)

All of these books were very well written. These authors know what they're doing! Most of these though, were sad-happy stories, sometimes too, too sad... I read so little fiction anymore, that I find it hard to get into the world of a made-up story and stay there. I still sometimes enjoy going to see a movie with a ficticious story, or even one based on a book. But I have a harder time with fiction books. I find contemporary story situations and characters difficult to connect with. And, for me, books aren't a place to escape to or be entertained, but to find out things. Mostly, I crave real things... information.So I suppose these well-crafted stories were lost on me...

What about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device...or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!


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  1. Oh, Tracy! I so admire those who can read in more than one language. Not just read a paragraph or two roughly, but read a whole book! You are one of the Americans who defies the stereotype of American people who speak only one language!

    I read all the time but more in the summer when I'm at the lake by myself and it's quiet. I just finished a book called "The Girls of Atomic City" which was sort of a "Hidden Figures" type of story except about those people who created the atomic bomb and am almost done with "The Almost Nearly Perfect People" (the one about Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark I might have told you about.) Now I'm going through a few mystery series books to catch up. I like biographies and have one of Julia Child, "Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Eleanor and Franklin" on the stack; some fiction by Ann Patchett (I loved "Bel Canto") and more of my Brit mysteries. "Paris Under Water" and a selection of cooking essays about France are part of the pile, too. Well, that's just a bit of it. Up next will be a collection of letters between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, who was instrumental in helping Julia find a publisher for "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

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    1. LOVE your ecelctic reading mixe, Jeanie! Fun you mentioning Julia Child...I baked her great recipe for Quiche Lorraine for Easter... and we lately rewatched that sweet film from a few years back, Julie & Julia. I love languages, and would like to learn more... though I struggle enough with Norwegian... haha! I studied French in high school, have "lost" most of it spoken, but can still read a little of it. I would really like to learn Italian, as I find it a very beautiful language! And, of course, really learn Latin--the original language of the Catholic Church.

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  2. I love Elizabeth Goudge. I know she must be hard to find where you are! I admire that you are able to read novels in Norwegian! You are doing so well! sending my LOVE to you!!! HUGS!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you for all the LOVE, ELizabeth! :) And I love Elizabeth Goudge's books too. I've only managed to find a couple of her books here. For the rest I will have to order from Amazon sometime!

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  3. I remember reading a mystery series you recommended to me ages ago
    and I enjoyed it immensely! it had to do a lot with psychology
    and was set in the WW I era as I recall.
    I too am not much of a general fiction reader. I have to be able to personally
    relate to it in some way. and most these days I don't.
    I like biographies and auto biogs.
    and... to read in Norwegian! good grief my girl! so proud of you and in awe!
    XOXO♥
    also... love the new look of the blog. never have mentioned it I think.
    but it's so clean ... minimal ... and elegant! glad you're keeping it for awhile.
    but I know you're creativity! and change is always nice too. LOL ♥

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    1. Yes, Tammy... the Maisie Dobbs mysteries series by Jacqueline Winspear! :) Pre-and WW II... I think the author is still writing more books in the series! I'm not a big fan of mysteries/thriller genres, but I have enjoyed that series. That and the Lort Peter Wimsey mysteries by English author Dorothy L. Sayers. And thank you... I'm enjoying the look here now too. I took backup of the old template just in case... LOL... but I'll stay with this new look for now.

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  4. I am mostly fiction and love historic fiction. I just finished a book yesterday that I loved and will be reviewing tomorrow on my blog. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. There is a lot of good tea information, but the story was wonderful too.

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    1. Looking forward to your book review, Marilyn...I like a book that features tea! :)

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  5. I love older fiction books like Elizabeth Goudge (as do many friends here!) or Miss Read. I love old westerns and mystery stories. The newer fiction is SO dark. I'm not a fan. You mentioned Lord Peter Wimsey--another fave!
    I often read children's lit too. In general children's lit is better written because a child won't put up with poorly written books--she/he will simply abandon a story that doesn't hold interest.
    I'm in awe of your skill in reading Norwegian!

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    1. I quite agree, Willow, about current fiction--it has a VERY dark edge to it. And I think that's part of why I have a hard time staying in the pages of contemporary fictions. The characters are often moody, happenings none too happy...What happened to nice stories?! LOL...I like childrens' lit too, especially the old classics like the Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, etc. And of course the new kids' classics like the Harry Potter series. I'd take a child's book over adult fiction any day! ;)

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  6. I really enjoy reading too. I usually read informational books; especially religious ones. I do enjoy a good novel. Since being on our mission; I have missed reading a novel now and then. I mainly like Historical Fiction. Right now I spend a lot of time reading The Book of Mormon. It is an amazing book. It is actually the history of inhabitants of Ancient America. It is a marvelous story of a family that came to America around 600 BC and God's dealings with them. It stands as a 2nd Witness of Christ and His visit to the America's after His Resurrection. I also love reading the Old and New Testament. I love reading of Christ's life in the New Testament.
    Thanks for your lovely email. I am enjoying your posts very much and looking forward to nuturing our new friendship. Hugs~

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    1. Much of what I read too, LeAnn, is spiritual reading. It's my first choice. :) I've not read The Book of Mormon, though, and I didn't know that it was so rich with the history of America... I learned something new today--Thank you! I, too, and glad to be getting to know you! :)

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  7. I've just finished Autumn by Ali Smith. She's one of my favourite authors. I'm now going to read Linda Grant's 'The Dark Circle'. Happy reading! x

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