April was a huge reading month for me. In the beginning of the month, I was still getting used to the idea of quarantine, feeling down, and reading was my main choice for entertainment as things started to feel “normal”. I read so many really great books this month, and a few I didn’t love just as much, but without further ado, here they are!
SEPARATION ANXIETY BY LAURA ZIGMAN – 4 STARS
It’s silly and quirky and also covers some tough topics like divorce/separation and mental illness, but Separation Anxiety is just so cute. I picked it out solely because of the cover and the fact that it had to do with a woman and her dog because – duh. It’s an easy, light read!
THE BREAKDOWN BY B.A. PARIS – 5 STARS
HOLY MOLY. I could not put this book!! I received this one in my Foxed Box because I told them I loved fast-paced thrillers, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A woman drives by a car in the middle of a storm and doesn’t stop to help, and the next day the passenger is found dead. She feels responsible, and the entire book follows the aftermath of the mysterious murder. I could not predict what was coming, and the ending was a total surprise to me! Highly recommend.
THE CONFESSION CLUB BY ELIZABETH BERG – 3 STARS
A cute, funny story about a group of older women that gather together weekly to share confessions and secrets. It’s like the movie Book Club meets an Elin Hilderbrand novel. I liked the characters and it was a light, easy read.
DON’T OVERTHINK IT BY ANNE BOGEL – 5 STARS
To say I will be coming back to this book many times is an understatement. I found such a wealth of knowledge in Bogel’s book about how to break the cycle of overthinking simple and not-so-simple decisions. I am a self-proclaimed overthinker, and I found myself relating to so many of her points, especially the section on decluttering in order to gain mental clarity. Will definitely be re-reading this one again soon.
Ever since I heard the story of Gander on 9/11, I wanted to learn more about the place and its people. The kindness that these towns showed the passengers of the grounded planes and all of the life-long connections made during this short time almost reads like fiction. If you haven’t heard this story, I highly recommend you do some research. It brings such a positive, uplifting voice to such a devastating time in our history.
FIERCE KINGDOM BY GIN PHILLIPS – 5 STARS
HOLY MOLY. I bought this book at my local used bookstore solely for the cover and the fact that it was a Book of the Month edition. I knew absolutely nothing about it, but decided to pick it up a few weeks ago as I’m burning through books like crazy during quarantine. I finished it in approximately 3.5 hours because I couldn’t put it down. It was suspenseful from the very first moment, sometimes a little bit hard to read, but worth every single minute of reading it.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON BY RON CHERNOW – 4 STARS
A loooong time coming… If I’m being honest, I actually started reading this book in 2017 when I was gifted Hamilton tickets by my parents for college graduation. And then after we saw the show, the book sat unfinished on my shelf for several years until I decided to make another attempt at it on audio. It was 38 hours of learning about every facet of Alexander Hamilton’s life, from ancestors to death and beyond, and it was enthralling to me. I think I was much more invested as I was constantly hearing little pieces that Lin Manuel Miranda pulled from the book to create the musical, but all the same, if you’re a history buff, I recommend!
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX BY J.K. ROWLING – 5 STARS
I think we understand my love for Harry Potter by now. The fifth book is probably my very favorite and I really enjoyed this audio as entertainment during my afternoon walks!
SISTERS BY CHOICE BY SUSAN MALLERY – 3 STARS
I borrowed this book from my neighbor in a little quarantine book swap, and it was so cute! It reminded me so much of Elin Hilderbrand’s writing, with the flawed characters and of course, the island setting. It’s an easy, light read that’s very “beachy” in nature, even though it doesn’t take place at the beach.
OVER THE TOP BY JONATHAN VAN NESS
I didn’t give this book any stars because it just wasn’t for me. I love Queer Eye and the Fab Five, and I think there’s people who would love this memoir, but I didn’t want to rate it unfairly just because I didn’t care for it myself.
What did you read in April?