Reading Recap: April

How is it the end of April already? I swear, it feels like the year just started.

Like the month prior, my concentration has been lacking. So I have mostly been reading shorter stories, poetry and lighter nonfiction. By the end of the month, I started getting back into the reading swing. So hopefully I’ll be back to normal in May. Time will tell.

Speaking of time, it’s time to talk about the books of April!

Blood Salt Spring by Hannah Lavery

I might be biased, but Scottish poetry just hits different.

These poems are meditations on race, identity and belonging. It’s powerful stuff with striking imagery. 

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One simple choice is all it takes to change your fate.

Or at least, that seems to be the situation for Hannah Martin. We read about the two paths her life takes depending on how she ends the night at her homecoming party. Two wildly different lives, each one with its own trials and tribulations. It is lighthearted but dramatic. Taylor Jenkins Reid is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

For a full review, please check it out here.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

As part of the Reading Glasses 2022 Reading Challenge, I needed to read a self-help book. To be blunt, I don’t care for the genre due to the less than stellar actions of quite a few in that field. So I grabbed the first one at my local library that sounded somewhat decent.

Honesty, this was better than I expected. I ended up walking away with some genuinely helpful advice. 

The Route of Ice and Salt by José Luis Zárate

Gay, graphic and gothic. Need I say more?

This Dracula retelling is told from the perspective of the unnamed Captain of the Demeter, the doomed ship that carried the soil to England. Little did he know there was a bloodthirsty stowaway. Easily my favourite book of the month!

The Route of Ice and Salt was the other novel I reviewed this month, so if you are curious about it, learn more here.

Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks by Magi Gibson

The second poetry collection I read this month. I swear there is something in the spring air that compels me to read poetry.

This collection is bold, brash and blunt. I also found a few of them funny while others hit close to home. Of the two poetry books I read this month, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks was my favourite.

The Swimmer by Graham Norton

Have you ever heard about World Book Night? Because I had no idea that it was a thing until recently.

The only reason I found out is that I was given a copy of this short novel for free at my library in celebration. 

Hey, a free book is a free book. I am not complaining.

And as far as free books go, this was pretty good. It’s a short but interesting mystery following an older woman named Helen. She thinks she was the last person to see someone alive when a swimmer goes missing. It had good twists and kept me invested until the end. All in all, pretty good.

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola

Exactly as the title suggests, this novel contains thirteen short stories about legendary lovers and their tales. 

Alright, time for an honesty bomb. I didn’t care for this book.

Some of the love stories were good, but man, I hated the Psyche and Eros one. The stories tended to be a hit or a miss, and for me, most of them missed the mark. Although I am hardly a romance reader so maybe I am off base here.

Currently Reading:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Yes, I have finally got around to reading this classic.

So far, I am enjoying it, but it is a lot denser than I anticipated. I did make the right call to wait until spring to read it though. It does have some strong springtime vibes. I try to sit outside with a cup of tea whenever possible with this novel as it really adds something special to reading it. 

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