Somewhere in April, I just got a burst of energy and a huge desire to pick up reading again. I hadn’t even looked at a book in the past couple months and suddenly, I’ve engulfed myself in stories at all moments of the day. I have no idea where the desire came from but I’m rolling with it.
April has been a good month. Here in Central FL, the temperatures have started to rise and Chris & I have already jumped into the pool and laid out on the beach. I know it’s not summer but, warm temperatures bring a certain nostalgia with it. One that makes me think of camping, beach sand, and the smell of salty air and sunscreen. I love it and try to soak it up. Addison has spent several afternoons sitting in the front yard just to catch the last of the sun’s rays for the day.
Anyways, I wanted to do a bit of a wrap up for the month and a looking forward. This will just be kind of a bits and bobs post of sorts.
I listened to two audiobooks this month. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee was a book I had picked up with a free trial of Audible. I gave a review on Goodreads, but in case you don’t feel like clicking the link (it does contain spoilers), just let it be known that I loved Reece Witherspoon as the narrator. Her voice was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Jean Louise. I also liked how the book humanized Atticus.
The second audiobook that I listened to was Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. I checked it out from the library via the Overdrive app. I loved her book Room that I also listened to on audiobook awhile back. As much as I loved “Room”, I did not care for this book. I thought the narrator was decent but overall, the story was difficult to follow and I was looking forward to a crime centered historical fiction but the story ended up just focusing on Blanche too much for my liking.
For the books that I read in kindle format (all checked out of the library using the hoopla or Overdrive apps), I read somewhat of a variety. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a poetry collection that seemed to spread like wildfire on Instagram a few years back. I really enjoyed this collection. I didn’t think it was hands-down amazing but it wasn’t a waste of time. I enjoyed the sketches with the poems and thought it was worthwhile.
I saw a lot of buzz on youtube and Instagram about Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This book was meh. I thought the main character sounded incredibly childish but I liked reading a story with a positive family image. It wasn’t outstanding, but it wasn’t horrible either.
I’m proud to say that I read my first Stephen King novel: Carrie. How have I gone so long without reading a novel by him?! I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the story was told from different perspectives through articles and book clippings. By the end of the book, I was so conflicted on how I felt about Carrie. At first, I loved her and felt horrible for the high school trauma that she endured. But by the end of the book, my love for her faded with every psychotic move she made and every person she helped into the afterlife.
I, of course, had to watch both the 1976 and 2013 movie adaptions. Overall, the 2013 adaption won me over as my favorite of the two but I much preferred Sissy Spacek to Chloe Grace Moretz for the Carrie’s charater.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn was another favorite for the month. From the reviews I read, not many people seemed to like the main character, Camille, but I loved her. I think my temperament is very similar to hers and found myself relating her often. I thought the story was very interesting and the end of the book was intense. So much happened at such a fast pace, I couldn’t stop reading. I probably won’t reread this book because there is a serious self-harm trigger and some of those parts were very difficult to read, but otherwise, loved it.
I’m really enjoying the two books that I’m currently reading. I have to pick up the pace though because I only have 3 days left before I have to return The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman and 13 days for Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I have a love/hate relationship with checking out books from the library online (more love than hate, of course).
That’s all I have for this month! Comment down below with what you’re currently reading (and loving). I need some ideas for May!