Monthly Reads: April

April is a busy month for my family: two birthdays, plus Easter. So I did a lot of reading in the car—or rather, listening. The library’s audiobook feature is handy.



The Idea of a University, by John Henry Newman

Genre: Education, Literature

This is a series of lectures given by the founder of the first Catholic college in Ireland, in the 1800s. He asks questions such as, “What is the purpose of a University?” “Is theology a scientific study?” and “Should we teach practical skills in a University?” I liked his ideas, but he could have said them in twenty pages instead of two hundred and fifty.



15806868Towering by Alex Finn

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A fairly entertaining retelling of Rapunzel. It has a believable setting, given the fantasy nature of the story. But the story itself wasn’t all that engaging. I can read a good book for hours on end, but this one was easy o put down. Overall, so-so.



Allegiant_novel_coverAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

I was very happy with the ending of the Divergent series—much more than the ending of the Hunger Games. While the Hunger Games ends with despair, Allegiant ends with the hope of restoration and redemption. It’s definitely worth finishing the series.



TheSoundAndTheFuryCoverThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Genre: Literature

Wow—talk about an intense book. I listened to this one, and was very confused when it started. The first narrator is mentally disabled, and jumps between memories without telling the reader. When I finally understood what was happening, I could follow it better. A classic book, but be forewarned—it’s not for the faint-hearted.



116563So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

This is the first book in the popular So You Want to be a Wizard series. I’d heard about this series for a while, and thought I’d read the first one. If I was anywhere between the ages of ten and fifteen, I would be chomping at the bit for the second one.



abolitionofmanAbolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Genre: Philosophy

This set of three essays is arguably Lewis’ most important work. He discusses the problems associated with modernist thought, which ends in the abolition of humanity.



images-2The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

A book about magic, chocolate, and love—pretty cute. It’s not one of the best young adult fantasies I’ve read, but was worth the four or five hours I put into it.



ThehelpbookcoverThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

Genre: Historical Fiction

After the film came out a few years ago, a friend of mine read the book and recommended it to me. So I put the movie on hold until I had read the book. It was fantastic. Educational, entertaining, heart-rending—definitely worth the read.



pilgrims_progressThe Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Genre: Christian Literature

I thought I had already read this book; my mom had read it to me when I was little. But then I started it, and realized she must have read me the children’s version. Written in the 17th century, it’s full of “Thee” and “Thou” and “must needs be.” But I still liked it—Bunyan communicates spiritual practice through narrative, which was revolutionary at the time.

As for my favorite out of all these… It’s a close run between Abolition of Man and The Help. But one is fiction and the other non-fiction, so I should be allowed to choose both, right?


One thought on “Monthly Reads: April

  1. I loved The Sound and Fury! In college we took an entire quarter and studied it, reading the story over and over and highlighting each narrator’s words and thoughts in a different color during each reading so we could fully understand it. It was fabulous to dig deep into a Faulkner book!

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