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Reading Life: April 2019

My reading picked up a bit in April, which felt like an unexpected gift. Vacations no longer mean hours of reading on the beach or during flights, but I’ll take what I can get!

I’m no longer tracking my reading with daily photos, but I started an old school pen-and-paper journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can check out what I’m reading (including a handwritten review from my journal) on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery

 

April 2019 Thoughts

Finished:

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty


Start date: 12/5/2018
Finish date: 4/7/3019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Library

Rating: 4 stars

Who knew a health resort could be such a great setting for suspense? Also, all the hallmarks I love from Liane Moriarty: humor, quirky characters, and a great epilogue. The action takes a while to get going, but unlike Moriarty’s last novel Truly Madly Guilty, it didn’t feel like it dragged on too long (probably because I liked the characters more this time around). Even though I love the audiobook narrator Caroline Lee, I just don’t have the time to listen to a CD in the car anymore, and it took forever to get my hands on a physical copy of the library book, but then I couldn’t stop reading.

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book #1), by Ann Leckie


Start date: 3/4/2019
Finish date: 4/19/2019

Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Sarah
Rating: 4 stars

Sometimes I’m scared to read outside my usual genres because I don’t know where to start, but Sarah sent me this trilogy so I knew it would be good! I loved the world building – in the future humans have accumulated many alien races/cultures/customs, the default gender is “her,” and spaceships use reanimated bodies as soldiers – even if it felt like I needed more brainpower than usual to comprehend all the political maneuvering and points of view. Fun departure from my usual, with two more books to go!

Normal People, by Sally Rooney


Start date: 4/9/2019
Finish date: 4/11/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Book of the Month Club
Rating: 5 stars

Wow, what an unexpected gut punch. The high school relationship between Connell and Marianne starts off imbalanced and evolves as they venture to college and the world beyond, but the shifting dynamics and on-again-off-again details are just a scaffold for an emotional deep-dive into what makes these two characters tick. The writing was spare but so revealing, bypassing many of the cliches that usually accompany such heavy topics, and the characters felt achingly real to me. It’s been a while since I’ve had such an intense attachment!

Warning: triggers galore.

Missing, Presumed (Manon Bradshaw Book #1), by Susie Steiner


Start date: 4/21/2019
Finish date: 4/27/2019
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Rating: 4 stars

Excellent detective mystery! The characters were the best part: a missing grad student with a tangled love life, her wealthy parents, the police who worked to find her even as the case stalled, and with a British backdrop that is always fun to explore. There were plenty of twists I didn’t see coming, the plot delving into unexpected rabbit trails and connections. I already checked out the next book in the series from the library.

Still Reading:

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, by Jason Fagone


Start date: 4/29/2019
Genre: Nonfiction/Biography
Source: Mom

I always love a good biography, especially if it’s about a woman who hasn’t gotten the same recognition as her male counterparts – in this case, Elizebeth Friedman’s husband is known for being the most famous codebreaker during World War I but she was right there doing the same work the entire time. I wish I was still on the beach reading!

Books read in April: 4
Books read in 2019: 11
Currently reading: 1

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the fourth month of 2019!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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