At this time of year, I am always reminded of my childhood in Oklahoma. I grew up as an Air Force brat, and my family lived in Moore, Oklahoma (just outside Oklahoma City) from the time I was six until I was eleven. Those were good times to live out there–I played archaeologist in the red clay, discovering cow skulls in the fields behind our house; took part in staged “land runs” in commemmoration of the Sooners; and just really enjoyed being a kid in the country. Some of the greatest impressions of Oklahoma left with me are the tornado watches and warnings. We always knew when one was coming our way…the skies would turn a greenish hue, the air was still and strange, and the clouds would gather in the distance. April and May are tornado season in the central states, and, like always, I will be thinking about my experiences hiding out in the closet with my family around me as the sirens went off.

So, what does this have to do with books and reading? Nothing really…it’s just where my brain is today, the first day of April.

Being the first day of April, I’d like to share a recap of what happened in March. So little, and yet so much!

March

Books Read: 3.75

The History of English Literature (audiobook) by Perry Keenlyside

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

– The Waste Lands by Stephen King (review coming tomorrow!)

– Almost Finished: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (will be completed today!)

Pages Read: 1722 + 5.3 hours listened

On the Blog:

Celebrated my six month anniversary!

– Won two awards from Snobbery (2nd one will be discussed this week)!

 – Dealt with blogger’s block

– Vented about this year’s lay-off notice

– Signed up for The Classics Club, The Sarah Addison Allan Challenge, Bloggiesta, and Once Upon a Time VI

And, what’s coming up this month…

April

This week: I will be posting a couple of posts relating to my reading of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, as well as two book reviews (The Waste Lands and A Moveable Feast).

Reading Plans for April:

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Back to the Classics Challenge, A Classics Challenge, and The End of the World Challenge)

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King; The Dark Tower

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King (The Dark Tower Challenge, The Stephen King Project)

The Dark Tower graphic novels (The Dark Tower Challenge)

Dark Tower 4.5; The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King

The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King (The Dark Tower Challenge, The Stephen King Project, and The End of the World Challenge)

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allan (The Sarah Addison Allan Challenge)

The Girl who chased the moon cover by Sarah Addison Allan

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allan (The Sarah Addison Allan Challenge)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (The Award-Winning Challenge and The End of the World Challenge)

In April, I’ve also decided to add to my reading list by choosing one favorite novel from five of my blogging buddies who are on Goodreads. All of these books received 5-star ratings from the recommending blogger(except LHITBW, but Kyle loves the Little House books, so I’m sure she’d want me to start at the beginning) and I have never read them (or, in the case of THGG, I never really read it, just played the video game). These five books are as follows:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (SJ of Snobbery)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Amy of Lucy’s Football and Insatiable Booksluts)

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (Suzy of Insatiable Booksluts)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Jillian of A Room of One’s Own)

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Kyle of A Reader’s Pensieve)

Have you read any of these books? What are your reading plans for April?

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