Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What I'm Reading: April Twitterature

This is only my second attempt at Twitterature this year, largely because I didn't read very much in February and early March. But I'm picking up speed in an attempt to meet my Goodreads goal of 50 books.  I hope you enjoy these short, pithy reviews. Maybe they'll give you some ideas of what {not} to read.

What I've Been Reading...

Othello, William Shakespeare

"O, beware...the green-eyed monster!" Iago = Evil personified. Classic Shakespeare, replete with dramatic irony, scandal, and murder. #readthisplay!

Lean In: Women, Work, & the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg

Thought-provoking yet almost conversational feminist treatise by Facebook's COO. #speakup! Geared toward working women/men but pertinent to the SAHM/D. #sitatthetable #mustread

Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott

Classic Lamott: Crass, witty, but full of wisdom & insight. Love this quote: "3 things I can't change--the past, the truth, & you." #mindexpanding

Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James

Love Austen. Did NOT love this book despite James' close adherence to the original Pride & Prejudice. Just say no to sequels & spin-offs. #mystery #not-worthy

 Macbeth, William Shakespeare

Classic tragedy full of relevance today: violence, power, ambition, greed. "Macbeth, stop listening to your wife (& those witches) & be a man!" #lackluster 

     Those are the books I've read in March & April thus far. For more Twitter-style book reviews, go to Modern Mrs. Darcy.

What are you reading that you LOVE? I seriously need some good fiction!


  1. I didn't like Death at Pemberly either, I didn't even finish it! For fiction I am currently reading Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I just started it at the bookstore and couldn't stop thinking about what life would be like if the earth started rotating more slowly around the sun. I just had to go back and buy it! Not a long read either

    1. That sounds intriguing! I'm going to search the library and see if they have it. Thank you for the suggestion!

  2. I agree with you whole-heartedly about Death Comes to Pemberley! I should have put it down instead of wasting time waiting for it to improve. It just wasn't a good read at all. She actually succeeded in making me not care a bit about some of my favorite characters in literature. I was so very disappointed. I really liked the underlying pro-life message in Children of Men (the only other PD James novel I've read) though it was a very rough read and I'm not sure I could handle reading it now that I have children. Death Comes to Pemberley really missed the mark.

    1. You know I really should have put it down too. I have a hard time stopping a book when I have heard good things about it. I keep thinking it will improve, but really I just lost a lot of time :)

      Good to know about Children of Men. I don't like violent books. Maybe I will try PD James again later.

      Thanks for your comments!

  3. I loved Othello when I read it several years ago. Of course, I loved Hamlet too. I think I just enjoy tragedy.

    1. Ha! I think I prefer comedies myself although a good juicy murder is right up my alley.

  4. Macbeth is one of my out-from-the-library books right now that I haven't started yet, I'll have to get going on that! And Othello is another Shakespeare play that I think I need to read so that I understand the countless Shakespeare references in everything else I read. :)

  5. Oh, I'm very interested in Lead In. Thanks for sharing that one.

    Help Thanks Wow is one I've been meaning to check out.


  6. "Just say no to sequels and spin-offs." Yep, that's a good rule of thumb!

    I just finished Lean In, which I thought was a great conversation. After I read the book, I watched the TED talk, which is worth watching if you haven't yet.

    I loved Help, Thanks, Wow. And good for you for reading Shakespeare! The only Shakespeare I come back to regularly is The Merchant of Venice. It's a favorite.

  7. These look like some good books! I love reading! I have a few Anne Lamott , but haven't read them yet. I haven't heard of this one. Definitely going to check it out.

  8. Always love it when people share their reading lists. Never fails to make me add one or two to my ever-growing Amazon wish list!

    Linked here from The Modest Mom Blog. Blessings