April 2013 Reading Summary and Other Nerdy Bits…


First things first: Happy Birthday to my faraway and lovely mum! 🙂

I read the following titles during the weeks of April (with links to blog posts about said book where there is one):

Parnassus on Wheels – Christopher Morley

Just William – Richmal Compton

The Grandmothers – Doris Lessing

The Brandons – Angela Thirkell (no blog post)

Some Experiences of the Irish R. M. – E. O Somerville and Martin Ross

Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible – Tim Gunn (NF)

The Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (post to come)

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven – Susan Jane Gilman (NF)

The Making of an American Quilt – Whitney Otto (post to come)

Venus with Biceps – David Chapman and Patricia Vertinksy (NF)


…And Ladies of the Club – Helen Hoover Santmyer

Heidi – Johanna Spyri

Time was Soft There – Jeremy Mercer

Total number of books read in April: 10

Fiction/Non-Fiction: 7 fiction /  3 non-fiction

Library books vs. books I owned (and thus removed from the home abode): 5 library books and 5 owned books. I also read 5 electronic books.  (These are higher numbers as they include the DNFs.)

And new statistic for this year – Total number of pages read this month: 2,362 (av. 262).

Thank you, also, to the various incarnations of Project Gutenberg around the world, and the volunteers who spend countless hours typing these books for us to read. Noted and appreciated.

And Scary Big Books (SBB) Update:

And Ladies of the Club got off to a strong start out of the gate, but stumbled at the first fence and fell at the second. Dropped out of the race after that, but a close competitor in the SBB project is…. Norman Collins’ London Belongs to Me (published 1945).  Updates as warranted.

And then I happen to adore this quotation from Richard Feynman:

 “Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”

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