Books I read in April (that I had not read before). I’m way ahead of schedule to meet my goal of 100 previously unread books this year. 🙂
31. Stuff Christians Like, Jonathan Acuff. It’s almost not fair to say this is a first-time read, as I’ve been following the blog for months and quite a few of the entries were re-reads. Still, it’s in book form.
32. Spike: After the Fall, Brian Lynch. The third and final volume of an arc that takes place between the series finale of the TV show Angel and the sequence of events from the Angel: After the Fall comic books.
33. In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez. A fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters, who fought in the revolution against Trujillo in the Dominican. In Nov. 1960, three of the four women were visiting their husbands in jail when they were ambushed by Trujillo’s soldiers and killed. Alvarez imagines what their lives were like as the Mirabal sisters were growing up, and she paints a magnificent story of their lives together and the experiences that led them to fight in the underground revolution to overthrow the dictator.
34. Mallory’s Christmas Wish (Baby-Sitters Club #92), Ann M. Martin.
35. Camilla, Madeleine L’Engle. A young adult novel having nothing to do with the Austins or wrinkles in time. A coming-of-age story about Camilla, who realizes her parents’ marriage is in trouble, but who also meets her first love, who helps her realize that growing up isn’t such a bad thing.
36. A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid. Part memoir/part scathing indictment of government corruption. This book is short, but packed full of discussion about Antigua, the very small Caribbean island where Kincaid grew up.
37. Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat. This Haitian writer is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This is the second book I’ve read of hers; it’s a gut-wrenching account of her father and uncle’s deaths. The brothers died within a few months of each other, her father from a serious illness and her uncle from pancreatitis following cruel treatment in a detention facility after he sought temporary asylum in the U.S.
38. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde. Oh, Wilde. He’s hilariously ironic and perspicaciously humorous. I’m saddened that it’s taken me this long to read Earnest; however, I’m delighted to be discussing it in Victorian literature and to see it performed at NGU this spring and the Warehouse this summer.
39. Backwater, Joan Bauer.
40. Something, Maybe, Elizabeth Scott. Finally, another writer of fluffy romance for young adults who’s as good as Sarah Dessen.
41. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson. The last work for the Victorian lit class I’m auditing. Kinda sad, but I’m glad we’re ending with such a good work of literature.