Thank goodness for spring! Other than the constant off and on of showers and the yellow clouds of pollen… Spring is absolutely beautiful. Masters is happening this weekend and the golfers are looking great! I feel bad that they are having to play in this crazy weather right now. We were in the high 70s and sunny yesterday and then of course it is raining and in the 40s today. Thank you Georgia, Ha! But Easter is supposed to be looking quite nice for some egg hunting tomorrow. Or if you only have adults getting together you guys could do a beer hunt instead?
I’m also spending my upcoming weekends doing my spring cleaning both around my house and through my little library. There have been way more books added to my collection that I haven’t had a chance to add into the shelves. Plus, I need to add them into my perpetually growing TBR list. The fact that I know there are others out there that also face this makes me feel a little less bad about the stacks I have scattered around the place. The Book Hoarding Dragons out there will understand!
On top of the need to do some spring cleaning, I’ve already found a lot of books that I read years and years ago. The nostalgic feeling is real you guys! So, with this feeling swirling around currently, Throwback month is the perfect plan for this month’s theme.
I hope each of you enjoy your April and, if you celebrate Easter, I hope your Easter is a ton of fun!
Reading Theme: Throwback April
Time to get a tossed back into the past both in the years that the books were released and when I was able to read them. I picked books that I haven’t read in YEARS. From Inkheart which helped me believe even more in the powers of reading to Peters’ Egyptian mystery that sparked a fascination in Egyptology and the history of ancient times. With a few others scattered in that were so much fun to read too! For your own Throwback reading, try finding stories that you want to reread but just haven’t found the right time to pick them back up. They could be from when you were younger Here is your month!
Happy Reading Everyone!
My Reading List for April 2023:
Inkheart By Cornelia Funke
One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.
Kushiel’s Dart By Jacqueline Carey
The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good…and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.
Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission…and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.
Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair…and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.
Crocodile on the Sandbank By Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers-the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one-one mummy that is, and a singularly lively example of the species.
Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy-and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last . . .
Dragonflight By Anne McCaffrey
HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.
But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world.
The Aeneid By Virgil translated by Robert Fagles
Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles’ mighty foe in the Iliad, begins an incredible journey to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. His voyage will take him through stormy seas, entangle him in a tragic love affair, and lure him into the world of the dead itself–all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods. Ultimately, he reaches the promised land of Italy where, after bloody battles and with high hopes, he founds what will become the Roman empire. An unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid redefines passion, nobility, and courage for our times.
Robert Fagles, whose acclaimed translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were welcomed as major publishing events, brings the Aeneid to a new generation of readers, retaining all of the gravitas and humanity of the original Latin as well as its powerful blend of poetry and myth. Featuring an illuminating introduction to Virgil’s world by esteemed scholar Bernard Knox, this volume lends a vibrant new voice to one of the seminal literary achievements of the ancient world.