Read it in… April


Nine books woo!! I am gearing up for a busy few weeks (ahem, months) at work so I assume my book consumption will decrease, but I also have a few flights in my future and I get a lot of reading done on planes, so who knows! I LOVED most of the books I read this month – check out my picks:

In April I read:

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The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. You guys. I know I am so late in reading this book but I was waiting to download it, and then Dave got it for me for Valentine’s Day and I just picked it up the first weekend in April. I am in LOVE. I loved how Amy mixed the funny with the serious and was so honest about her experiences in everything. I resonated with so many of her experiences. I laughed, I got teary… this is the top of all the female comedian books I have read. I love me some Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey, but in this case, Amy Schumer is the Queen. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Holy Moly this book. I’m starting to get a thing for books set in a dystopian future but this one seems a little too realistic based on our current political climate and all. What frightened me more than the way life is currently set up in the novel is how they got there – how subtly and quickly it was done before anyone really realized what was happening. The way it ends totally left me wanting more. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I’ve read books about the orphan trains of the mid-1800s previously and find the movement fascinating. I loved how the author tied the two stories together – from Niamh’s experience on the orphan train and her experiences with different “families” to current day with Molly, a foster child herself. The relationship these two unlikely characters forge is heart-warming and the hardship that Niamh (now Vivian) goes through is something unfortunately still prevalent today with the foster system. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Mehhh. I was looking for a fun, light read but this just didn’t cut it for me. It droned on in certain areas and I wish the characters were more developed as some of them had such potential! Catherine Grace just wants to leave her town of Ringgold, Georgia – it’s too small for her and she dreams of the bigger city. She plots her escape weekly at the Dairy Queen (hence the name) and winds up making enough money over each summer to finally leave. And almost as soon she heads out, she’s called back again to come home. Yawn. Overall Rating 2 out of 5.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston. Summer is a 16-year-old girl that seems to vanish without a trace. Her family and friends are looking everywhere for her, but they have no idea she is being kept prisoner in a hidden cellar by a man determined to build himself the perfect family – made up of “pure” girls that he calls his flowers. This book gave me chills and I enjoyed how the narration switched back and forth between the girl Summer, her boyfriend, and the kidnapper. The main reason this book gets a 4 and not a 5 is because some of the language and grammar was disjointed. The book takes place in Great Britain and the characters refer to their mothers as “mum” but otherwise they all speak as if they were American. It wasn’t as bad as the language in 50 Shades of Grey but it seemed like that was overlooked. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist. This is a YA novel about Will, a blind teenager who is entering a mainstream school for the first time – he’s been in boarding schools for the blind since he was young but he doesn’t want to be catered to, he wants to thrive in a “normal” environment. He makes a group of friends and starts to fall for a girl Cecily but thinks that people make fun of her for being with him, when in fact, they are making fun of him for the opposite reason. As Will has the chance to gain eyesight his relationship becomes strained as he has to learn how to function as a seeing person for the first time. I really enjoyed this novel but was a bit annoyed at how Will’s mother acts throughout the story and also how his friends lie to him about Cecily. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

The Silent Wife by Kerry Fischer. This is my second Kerry Fischer novel and it was just as good as After the Lie, if not better. This book was previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives, but I am glad they changed it because the current title definitely makes more sense than the first. I feel like Fischer kind of leads the reader into a false sense of security with how she starts the book out from Maggie’s POV, the newly married second wife to Nico. Sure she has issues with her new mother in law and her new status as a stepmother, but when we switch over to Lara’s POV, you realize how much better off Maggie is than Lara, and the story flips to a darker tale. I was captured until the end – definitely a great page turner! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Wah wahhh. I was so amped about this book and waited forever to read it and honestly, I was disappointed. Maybe I hyped myself up too much? I just felt like it was so random. There needed to be (for me at least) more background on the Plumb family. Why are they the way they are? What did the parents really do to their kids to make them this way? Was the twins plotline really necessary? It was just… not that well put together for me. I know I’m the minority here, but hey – my blog, my opinion. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin. This book was written in two voices – that of Lina, a modern day lawyer who gets assigned a reparations case for descendants of slave owners, and Josephine a slave and house girl living in the antebellum south. The chapters flip flop between Lina and Josephine as Lina discovers the truth about Josephine, her masters and how her life ended up and Josephine’s desire to be free. I really enjoyed the novel, but some parts like the letters back and forth between family members of an Underground Railroad stop left me a bit bored. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Honorable Mentions (aka books I couldn’t finish):

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov. Unfortunately, I could not finish this book. About 15% in I just was not interested in the plot or any of the characters. It’s about a woman who winds up in Russia and gets entangled in the KGB and how her son in later years tries to find out what really happened. Sounded good in the description, but just didn’t grab me.

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  1. I was also not impressed with the Nest. My book club liked it more than I did but nobody thought it was 5 stars, considering all the hype it had received.

  2. I’ve read a few of these! I feel like I need to reread The Handmaid’s Tale because I don’t really remember it. It’s just been released on Hulu as a series!
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  3. I really, really want to read The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve been watching on Hulu and it’s so terrifyingly haunting. I can only imagine the book is just as wonderful.
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  4. Unpopular opinion, but the Amy Schumer book, while good, was not the best out of the bunch in my opinion when you bring in Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, etc. What I did like was how truly honest she was in the book versus her stage persona; she got much more personal, and you learn that the stage persona is this over-the-top, not-Amy person.

    The Handmaids Tale is on my life, but I’m hearing mixed reviews about the TV show!
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    • I think if you’re comparing it to the Amy Poehler, Tina Fey etc books it isn’t going to be as good – it’s not really the same type of memoir. I think her mix of personal stories and how deep she got puts it on another level.

  5. Damn, you are so good at reading. I love it. I’m the same way. So as far as The Handmaid’s Tale goes…are you watching the show!?

  6. We have such similar taste in books! The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t seem interesting to me until this review, so now I’m adding it to my list; I felt the same way about The Nest, which I haven’t even finished yet, & I’ve got Orphan Train on my Kindle waiting to be read, so maybe I’ll bump it up. Thanks! 🙂
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    • I always laugh when I see your book posts because most of the time I have at least one or two either on my kindle waiting to be read or on my wishlist!

  7. great roundup! i really want to read The handmaid’s Tale before I watch the show on Hulu! xo jillian

  8. Nine books! Great job! Thank you for the recommendation… some of these are already on my to-read list!
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