April reading round-up

Although the number of books I finished this month looks pretty standard for me, most of them were pretty short and I read the bulk of Crime and Punishment in February and March, so actually it’s been a bit of a slow one. However, I did listen to a lot of short stories. I’m really enjoying this rediscovery of short stories.

Books read

Dead Air by Iain Banks (review here)

Claudine and Annie by Colette

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (read-a-long notes here)

The Books of Magic mini series by Neil Gaiman

Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt (review here)

Dan Yack by Blaise Cendrars (review here)

Short stories

“The dinner party” by Joshua Ferris (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Figures in the distance” by Jamaica Kincaid (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Three people” by William Trevor (Guardian books podcast)

“The student’s wife” by Raymond Carver (Guardian books podcast)

“No sweetness here” by Ama Ata Aidoo (Guardian books podcast)

“The hunger artist” by Franz Kafka (Guardian books podcast)

“At Hiruharama” by Penelope Fitzgerald (Guardian books podcast)

“The Gospel According to Mark” by Jorge Luis Borges (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Bullet in the brain” by Tobias Wolff (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“Canon Alberic’s scrapbook” by M R James (Guardian books podcast)

“A day” by William Trevor (New Yorker fiction podcast)

“The postmaster” by Rabindranath Tagore (Guardian books podcast)

“Notes from the house spirits” by Lucy Wood (Guardian books podcast)

The only other bookish thing I did this month was visit the British Library yesterday, of which more later this week. I don’t think I even ventured in a bookshop, although that’s probably best considering the size of the TBR!

Murder in the Library