April was actually a pretty good reading month for me, though I slowed waaaaay down with my reading towards the end of the month, becoming a serial book starter instead of a book finisher. It was a bit of a struggle to finish some books towards the end of the month because of that – not because any of them were bad, but because I suddenly had the urge to read EVERYTHING and I thought by starting new books all the time, maybe I’ll finish more books.
It was so exciting to dig into books that I just bought, books that had been on my TBR forever, books that I picked through random fun ways to find new reads (that I already owned) – just starting some new books I realized I was going to have a LOT of new favourites in the coming months.
Here are some of my favourites from April!
As you might know if you’ve been following my blog lately, or follow me on Twitter, I adore Daphne du Maurier. I fell in love with her writing when I first read Rebecca last year and now I can’t get enough of her. Just this year I’ve read two short story collections, a non-fiction title on Daphne and her sisters, and this fiction title, My Cousin Rachel. This title is probably the one I had heard most about, alongside the short story The Birds (which was in one of the short story collections I read) and I’m so happy to have read it finally! du Maurier just has such a wonderful way of writing characters and conveying mood that just suck a reader in. I’m completely addicted to her now and am quite happy that I still have 7 more of her books on my shelf to read. I can see myself buying many more!
This month I only read ONE non-fiction book and it wasn’t even one that I had on my shelf already. I had gotten an email from Goodreads that told me how well I was doing on my reading challenge AND shared some of the trending books they thought I would like. I had read 3 books from the 5 they showed, only disliking one, and this one had me intrigued. I saw it at the grocery store this month, bought it, and started reading it that afternoon. I loved McNamara’s way of writing – this is a true-life crime story and McNamara writes in such a way that it feels like fiction and completely freaks a reader out. This story was everything that I wanted and it reminded me why I love non-fiction, as well as made me interested in checking out more true crime books in the future.
This is a book that I had bought at the beginning of last year, based on the endorsement from Kristan Higgins, an author I love. I hadn’t been reading a lot of contemporary books like this yet this year so part of me thought I would never get into it, but Carr’s writing was so addicting. She writes very much in the same way as Higgin’s, in terms of story, and it was just such a sweet read. It’s a contemporary romance, so obviously it was predictable, but I still loved reading the story and meeting new characters – there was a bit of a thriller thrown in, as well, and I was just completely invested in the story from the first pages. I’ve already bought the third book in the series that just came out in April.
I bought Lisa Genova’s latest the week it came out but I’ll admit that a part of me was really worried that I wouldn’t get into it. I loved her first two books so much, and also really liked her last two, so I think I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one at all, BUT Genova writes about medical issues so well, especially ones that maybe we’ve heard of but don’t hear a lot about. This one dealt with ALS, a disease that I only knew about by name, having only met one person who had it. Genova is a neuroscientist so she gets right to the root of these issues (previous books have dealt with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Huntington’s, and the complete disappearance of one side of a woman’s body in her brain) and writes them in such an interesting and moving way that you can’t help but be completely engrossed, and even a little emotional. I think I connected with this one because I was also a musician, a piano player, and the way the main character starts to show symptoms of ALS is through his right hand and arm, completely ending a career he loved so much. I highly, highly, highly recommend reading any of Genova’s books.
Agnes Grey was a reread for me, since I was taking part in the Bronte 200 read-along hosted by Lucy The Reader. The read for the first two months of this year was Wuthering Heights and now Agnes Grey for March and April. I had already read this last year and loved it, so I wasn’t sure if I would read it again, but I did want to read all of the books for the read-along as they came up, so I figured since this was a short book I would read it again. I loved this book even more on a reread and am very excited to check out The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at the end of the year. This was such a fun book to dip in and out of towards the end of the month since Agnes is such a wonderful character, and I adored Mr. Weston. Ever since rereading Wuthering Heights last month I’ve been very excited to read more from the Bronte sisters and I think my reread of this one just sealed the deal. Definitely recommend this one!
What were some of your favourite books from April? Have you read – or are you planning to – read any of my favourites?