2020: April wrap-up

APRIL 2020 WRAP-UP

My introductory paragraph could be a simple copy and paste from last month. We know by now that life will never again be like BEFORE Covid-19.
However I try to go back to my usual blogging, but my teaching and lots of homework preparation and corrections keep me very busy. I have been teaching online for 12 years, so nothing new for me. It’s just that this year I’m preparing students to two different and very demanding exams, that on top of everything, have a new revamping – and one has nothing to do with the virus.
So lots of new classes to prepare. And one book is very fat, so it will take a while…
And suddenly I have four new students.

We still haven’t been able to go back to Church. I dare hope it will be possible in June, but who knows at this point?

The one good thing is that finally Spring is coming more consistently in Illinois, and the garden is already growing!

I have read less books than last month, but more pages. And I’m in the middle of The Mirror and the Light. After listening to Au Soleil Redouté, I’m also reading it, with one of my students. It’s also fairly big. So when I count them in May, that will raise the stats, lol.

📚 So here are the titles I read in April :

Exclusively international, and mostly French!
And 3 books are actually a mix of different genres!!

6 books:
5 in print 
with 1,348 pages, an average of 44 pages/day
1 in audio
= 10H57
, an average of 21 minutes

3 in mystery:

  1. Le chien jaune, by Georges Simenon – ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  2. La nuit du carrefour, by Georges Simenon – ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  3. Au soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi – audiobook, in French

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Summer of Reckoning, by Marion Brunet – received for review
  2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, read with the Murakami Online Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Wild Dog, by Serge Joncour – received for review

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN APRIL

  Wild Dog Au soleil redouté

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 37/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 15

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN APRIL

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

  Simple Superfood Soups  100 Large-Print Crossword Puzzles

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Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in May


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16 thoughts on “2020: April wrap-up

  1. Seems like we’ll never be back to normal right? You managed to have a great month and love the mix of genres you were able to get in. Stay safe!

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  2. Any month with Murakami in it can’t be bad. I also don’t have much of a different life either during the Stay At Home weeks though I miss my reading groups. Three of them have met on Zoom last month which was good but not the same.

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  3. Somehow I missed the book after Wolf Hall and before this new book. I put in a request at the library for it.

    I am not surprised that you have had four new pupils. You are an experienced online teacher and your knowledge of both languages is extensive. Students would do well choosing you as a teacher.

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  4. I’m happy to read that you are doing well and that you already had your online teaching skills ready and ongoing when your state was locked down. Here in MI, we are seeing numbers of cases and deaths rapidly decline, but that was before the Big 3 went back to work yesterday. I’m worried about Memorial Day weekend coming up as people will throw all caution in the trash and take risks. I will be keeping my “normal” routine and continue social distancing.

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    • yes be careful. staying a long time in a room with little ventilation and lots of close-by people is very dangerous. Keep safe
      we see friends and neighbors bringing chairs and gathering on front lawns in my city, with distance between them, it’s really cool to see. thankfully, I really haven’t seen many covidiots in my city

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