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March Musings and April Picks #TheYearInBooks

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April Pick #theyearinbooksThis month I have found it quite difficult to fit in reading, especially as I had a rather large assignment due in half way through.
I did manage to read Red Sky at Night, which I have to say I really enjoyed. It is jam packed full of countryside folklore and wisdom, much that I had heard of growing up and forgotten. It made me wonder if this book and others like it hadn’t been written, how much would eventually be lost and how much already is.
I love the countryside, living in it was a dream when I was growing up and raising my children in its environment has been both a blessing and a curse. It is full of life at both ends of the spectrum and the fact that we get to roam around the open fields and take in the spectacular scenery we have here makes me want to learn more about it.
H is for Hawk was my audio book choice for the month, and I have to admit I am only half way through this. Not because I am not enjoying it, but because of time. This book is full of beautiful prose, if I can write half as well as Helen MacDonald I will be very happy. She has such a way with words, especially when it comes to describing her surroundings and Mabel, her Goshawk. I am really looking forward to hearing the end of this story.
What are my picks for April?
I have a couple of short stories I want to write for my final two assignments for my 2nd year so I have chosen Learning to Talk by Hillary Mantel. I am yet to read any of her books and I thought this collection of short stories would be a great way to introduce myself to her work and help with researching for mine. I’m not picking and audio book this month as I want to finish H is for Hawk and I know I’ll then be caught up with writing my stories too.
Fancy joining in?
#TheYearInBooks is the wonderful idea from Circle of Pine Trees, pop over to find out more.