Katie Forrest

Writing About Creativity, Special Needs Parenting, Time Management & Life Dispatches.

What I Read in April (2020)

So April was the first full month of COVID19 lockdown. I’d love to say only full month of lockdown, but I don’t see things opening up here (England) in May.

I read a lot, and partly that was because I was deliberately trying to leave my phone alone and read instead. I also swayed big style from starting the month out with non-fiction, and then ending the month by devouring fiction.

Also, part way through the month I smashed my phone. Yes, again. Since I can’t go anywhere and get my phone fixed, I ‘downgraded’ to an old iPhone 6s+ – one of the really big ones. For some reason I can’t get that phone to update the iOS and with the old system on it, I can’t install any apps. So I have no work emails and no social media on there.

That’s proving to be a pretty enjoyable change, and it means more reading time when I’d normally be scrolling.

Here’s what I read:

  1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle. I mean, whoa. Just go to Amazon right now and order this damn book. It is incredible.
  2. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. I dunno, I was a bit meh about this one.
  3. Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni. Memoir of her complicated relationship with her father. For some stupid reason I ended up reading this book around the anniversary of the death of my own dad, who I had a complicated relationship with. It’s a really good read.
  4. The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner. A Brene Brown recommendation. Enjoyable.
  5. You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy. This was an interesting read about the things we miss while we’re all so busy waiting for our next chance to speak, instead of actually listening. It started to lose my interest towards the end.
  6. More Myself by Alicia Keys. Another Brene Brown recommendation. This is a really good book and very empowering. Even if you’re not a massive fan of Alicia Keys, it’s worth reading.
  7. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was such a FUN novel! Just a super fun, enjoyable read. I do agree with some reviewers that I didn’t really buy into the premise of how the story came to be told… but forget that bit and enjoy the story itself and it was great.
  8. Atomic Habits by James Clear. I’ve had this book in my secret book wardrobe for a long time and finally dug it out. I was glad I did. It’s a really good book, and it introduced me to Clear’s website and email newsletter which I’m finding enjoyable.
  9. Dark Salt Clear by Lamorna Ash. A book about life in a Cornish fishing village. It wasn’t really what I was expecting.
  10. The Ballroom by Anna Hope. I’ve read all of Hope’s books now and enjoyed every one of them. I avoided this one for a while because it’s about a mental institution several decades ago, and that wasn’t really a door I wanted to open in my mind. It’s shameful really the people we allowed to end up in institutions years ago, and as a parent of a special needs child, I couldn’t face the topic a while ago. But this month, I found myself craving fiction and I knew I’d enjoyed Hope’s other books so I gave it a try. Another really strong title from her (my favourite of hers is still Wake)
  11. Forward by Abby Wambach. As an English person with little interest in sport, I really didn’t know anything about Abby Wambach except I’ve almost bought Wolfpack several times. Then I realised she is Glennon Doyle’s wife, and saw that this memoir was in KindleUnlimited, so I checked it out. It’s a little sport heavy for me and I found myself skimming chunks of it about matches. I do still want to read Wolfpack, I think that will be more to my taste.
  12. Thicker Than Water by J D Kirk. Second in the Jack Logan Scottish crime thriller series. I love this series so much that I’ve actually read books three and four and am reading book five now. I’ve never ever read a series of books one after the other, it just isn’t my reading style. But this series is so quick and easy to read and the characterisation is excellent. I actually feel a wee bit Scottish after reading these in a row, and I’m saying bastard more than ever.

It’s been a great month’s reading with plenty of different types of books, and I’ve made good use of my KindleUnlimited membership. I did cancel it for a while because I wasn’t using it, then I joined again and so far I am using it.

I’m also still ordering lots of physical books, and I’m reading them as they arrive, which is good news for the overflowing secret book wardrobe.

I hope you’re managing to lose yourself in a good book in these strange times!



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