What I Read This Month | April 2021

Another quiet month here on the blog. 

I’ve spent a little while getting used to the bookshop being open to the general public, a change in shifts and taking the time to slow down (easier said than done!)

This month I’ve been finding solace in Nature Writing. A genre that’s new to me but I’ve dived head first into it this month, finding my way through mountains, the night sky and places of untouched beauty. 

In no particular order, here’s what I’ve been reading this month:

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled by Martin Gayford

We received a read copy of this in the shop and I picked it up predominately for the cover. The bright colours and wonderful illustrations made this a lovely read when the world was all shut up and Spring was emerging behind our glass windows.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

I finally finished this! I picked this up last year and never got round to finishing it, but it’s finally finished and I am so surprised how many things sugar is added to… scary!

The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare

And back to the nature writing and another book I picked up because of the cover. A book all about the winter months and finding light in the darkest of times.

Rewild by Nick Baker

I picked this up on a whim amongst my nature reading and actually rather enjoyed it. It was humorous at times and was filled with lots of interesting tips on how to pay a bit more attention to nature with all 5 of our senses.

The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjoberg

This book had been recommended to me by a colleague when I initially started reading nature writing. It’s surprisingly funny, which I wasn’t expecting.

Spring Anthology edited by Melissa Harrison

The cover for this is beautiful and I really enjoyed reading the anthology during April. (I’ve now bought the rest of the series/seasons and will be reading them throughout the year!)

The Shortest Day by Colm Toibin

This was a novella I’d picked up from Amazon after hearing about the Greek retelling that Colm did, so was intrigued to try his writing style beforehand. I really enjoyed this short read. 

Beowulf translated by Maria Dahvana Headley

I really enjoyed this translation. I found it a fun read and quite easy to pick up after being put off by Beowulf for so long. 

In the Garden Essays on Nature and Growing

My final read for the month was another anthology, but this time focusing on gardens. It does make me gardens though…

I’m also currently mid-read of The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison, another nature read which I’m thoroughly enjoying. 

What books have you read and enjoyed this month? Let me know in the comments below. 

2 thoughts on “What I Read This Month | April 2021

  1. Rewild looks like a book that I would really like. One that I have read that could be similar is Rewilding by Micah Mortali. Have you read that one?


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