Last month was another great month of reading! Thank goodness since all I want to do is escape reality these days. We’re under a stay-at-home order until the end of the month here in Wisconsin, so let’s hope that I can keep it rolling with good books to read. Let’s get right to what I read in April 2020 and my reviews!
What I read in April 2020
WILD GAME: MY MOTHER, HER LOVER, AND ME by Adrienne Brodeur
My rating & review: 4 stars. I’m not always the best/fastest reader with nonfiction, but this read more like fiction and I flew through it. The writing is straightforward and compelling – I was sucked into the twisted family dynamic after just one chapter. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about Malabar. She seemed like an awful, selfish woman. Malabar manipulated Adrienne for her own gain, while leaving Adrienne to fend for herself and silently suffer. Was Adrienne in the wrong, too? Sure. BUT, she was a child at the time and didn’t know any better. It equally broke my heart and pissed me off.
EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS by Peter Swanson
My rating & review: 3 stars. I typically love Peter Swanson books, but this … snooze. I appreciate the writing and story for what it was, but I think since I’m not overly familiar with classic mysteries – Agatha Christie and the like – that a lot of the parallels/references were lost on me.
BEACH READ by Emily Henry
My rating & review: 5 stars. The title and cover don’t accurately represent this book. Like, at all. So, it took me a minute to adjust my expectations. I was prepared for a light, romance-type story – maybe a little enemies-to-lovers action (my favorite!). And, sure – there’s some elements of that in the book, but it’s just SO much more for that. And, I adored it. It’s heavier on the women’s/chick-lit side of things, and I appreciate the way the author explored how people deal with loss, grief, etc. Gus and January are one of my favorite fiction couples as of late. Their friendship/chemistry/relationship read realistic and relatable. I was cheesy-smiling nonstop!
LOVELY WAR by Julie Berry
My rating & review: 5 stars. THIS BOOK. IT’S EVERYTHING. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. This is right up there with The Nightingale for me as far as favorite books. It’s just so damn great. Sure, it sounds weird – the Greek gods and goddesses narrating a story about four people during WWI? It did take me a minute to figure it all out, but within a couple chapters I couldn’t put it down (even though I wanted to pace myself because I didn’t want it to end!). It’s one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read … and heartbreaking/distressing/hopeful, etc. Basically every emotion you can feel you’ll feel while reading this.
Currently reading & what I plan to read in May
I finally received Long Bright River by Liz Moore from the library after a months-long hold, so I’m excited to dive in to that to see what all the fuss is about! I’m also hoping to get to The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.
What are you reading?