I promise not to start every wrap up this way, but somehow I read more books in April than I ever have in a single month. That being said I did have a fair amount of down time that was out of the norm with work slowing down significantly. I also used every single one of my 5 Tips to Integrate More Reading Into Your Life.
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Let’s just start it off with one of the best books I’ve read this year. Where the Crawdads Sing was enchanting. I’m one to love a slow burn, poetic writing and stories set in nature so this was like the perfect storm. The main character, Kya, is now one of my favourite characters of all time.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Next up we have a cute, light read. It didn’t completely satisfy me but I can see why so many people did like this one. The characters were loveable, there were many layers to the plot, but the ending fell a little flat for me.
The Room on Rue Amelie – Kristin Harmel
I think I may have enjoyed this one more if i hadn’t already read the Nightingale. Now everyone WWII story about the women’s resistance is being held to that measuring stick.
All together it was a good read, but perhaps a little bit….kind? It seemed to me that Harmel may have sugarcoated a few situations that in realty were likely less romantic and more dangerous. There were very few points in the story where I was genuinely worried that they would be caught, the danger didn’t seem to exist, at least to me. Reminiscent of Pearl Harbour or The Titanic, focusing more on the relationships than on the war, which actually was nice. Cinematically I think this story would be beautiful.
Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
I’m not one for suspense and thriller novels but after reading Christy’s Review of Then She Was Gone I decided to go for a genre breaker. I was thoroughly impressed, and think the ending was well done, a bit predicable but had enough elements to keep me going right until the last page. If you’re looking for a summer thriller to read on the dock, give this one a try! I also read I Found You by the same author last year, but it was far more dark and twisty than this one in my opinion.
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
There aren’t enough good things to say about Brene. the only reason I’m not giving this one 5/5 stars is my fault, because I listened to it on an audiobook so I worry I did not get the full effect. I think I’ll give this one another read in the future.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The perfect ‘before bed read’. Christian and I both read this one before bed this past month and loved it. A classic story about the importance of finding your Personal Legend, or, your meaning in life. Told through the story of a young Shepard travelling across the desert to find his treasure.
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