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The End of April

Summer is here and while these are not the months to be rejoiced in my part of the world, I cannot help but feel, that Winter this year was, well, troublesome! In a sharp departure from the pleasantness that usually surrounds my Winters, this Winter was quite literally terrible and I am very very glad to see the end of it! I think this may be a first for me, where I am happy to see Winter go and almost, key word almost, overjoyed to welcome Summer!

April, unlike her predecessors was actually a very good reading month, and though I did not cover much ground during the Readathon, overall, the month was quiet enough to allow me some solid reading time! And not only that, seems like the most of the books I picked for April also turned to be a winner! So then, here’s to April’s recollection –

(P.S. I think, by now everyone is conversant that this snapshot is not my idea, but borrowed and is a combination from Helen’s monthly post of Commonplace Book post   and O’s ideas of  Wordless Wednesday )

From A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
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He had never thought of himself as much of a praying man, but as he sat in the car in the growing darkness and the minutes passed, he knew what it was to pray. It was to will goodness out of evil, hope out of despair, life out of death. It was to will dreams into existence and spectres into reality. It was to will an end to anguish and a beginning to joy.

From Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

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Your of two mind Sergei. Please tell me, because criticism is constructive.It defines our purpose and leads to unanimity of efforts.”

From Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith

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Why are you doing this?”Arkady asked. “It keeps the mind alive.”

From February – Selected Poems by Boris Pasternak; Translated by Andrew Kneller

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Oh, February, To get ink & Sob! 

To weep about it, spilling ink

From Red Square by Martin Cruz Smith

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“Who is right?” asked Polina. Now that, Arkady thought, was question only asked by the very young

From Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

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A week after the newspaper advertisement, I was trying terrifically hard to remain calm!

From Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather

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“Only a Woman, divine, could know all that a woman can suffer”

That’s it for my April reading! It was a good months, and here’s to May and more books!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. mudpuddle #

    a pretty excellent selection of books, imo… i don’t think i read that much, although i haven’t kept track. My retired life is rather unorganized, subject to whims and foibles… i tnink i’ll go on a bike ride this afternoon, as it’s quit raining for a while…

    May 1, 2018
    • M…..you do realize you are tempting me awfully to go and hand in my resignation tomorrow?!

      May 2, 2018
      • mudpuddle #

        i remember exactly how you feel… been through that, i have, yes… it’s funny, though, after all the travail and struggle, now that i’ve been retired for a few years, it’s like it never happened, or happened to someone else… life is such a strange business… all a person can do is grit the teeth and carry on, trying to live in the moment and accept what life offers with grace and kindness…

        May 3, 2018
      • I know what you mean! So somedays when things really get bad at work and I am nearing the breaking point, I take a couple of days off, to give myself space from all the nonsense! Those few days make me feel like you, know all those things happened to someone else! So I am sure after a year, I would not remember much! I agree completely, that the only thing we can do is look at the silver linings and live for the moments and appreciate, that there is still much good left!

        May 3, 2018

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