Well, another month that seemed like a year (or a dozen) has gone by and times remain weird. Last month was a real struggle to get in a reading mood but it did keep my mind blessedly occupied when I did read. April was a rinse and repeat month when it came to reading. And that’s okay. If reading gives you comfort, fantastic. If reading is tough for you, that’s okay too. Books will always be here.
The Books I Loved and Liked in April
YAY! Another month with no loathe books.
The Books I Loved
These are the books that reminded me why I love books and reading.
The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James
Book Description: 30 years ago, Vivian Delaney disappeared while working the overnight shift at the Sun Down Hotel, now her niece is determined to find out who killed her aunt.
Book Review: I really liked this quite a bit. It made me sad/angry that back in the early 80s that Moms kept warning their daughter’s about the “bogeyman” to keep them safe from predators and we still do it today. Maybe we need to start teaching boys to not be douches. Just saying. Anyway, I love the strong women of the book, past and present, that everyone is a little bit damaged (because everybody is) and I didn’t mind the blend of supernatural (yup, the hotel is haunted) and thriller (yup, serial killer alert) at all. And if you’re interested in the book, but the ghost aspect makes me you unsure, just know that you ain’t gonna call Ghostbusters for help.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It gave me a lot of feels, fear, unease, anger, sadness, hope, satisfaction, so I obviously got invested in the story and that’s a good story to me!
The Books I Liked
These are the books I enjoyed from most liked to liked.
Blue Moon by Lee Child
Book Description: Jack Reacher helps an elderly couple who get caught in the middle of a mobster turf war.
Book Review: Baby, he’s back! You may recall that I spent the entire review of his previous book whining about ANCESTRAL RESEARCH because Jack Reacher spent 80% of the book on ANCESTRAL RESEARCH versus smiting bad guys. I was not happy. But Lee’s written 24 books so I graciously allowed him to have one dud (so generous, I know). Thankfully. Jack is once again kicking ass, taking no names and well, killings lots of bad people. So yeah, I liked the book. I also liked that Child is apparently part of the Resistance (surprised me, to be honest) and that ain’t “Fake News”. You’ll get it, if you read the book. 😃
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. It’s one of my go-to series, especially now when the world is so topsy turvy that someone trying to right wrongs for the little guy makes me feel good. I mean, minus all the dead bodies he leaves behind. I ought to feel a little bad. But nope. They’re very bad dudes.
The Authenticity Project: A Novel by Clare Pooley
Book Description: The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love.
Book Review: This was my feel-good book of the month. I liked the characters overall. They were flawed but human so even when they were being dopes, it felt natural. Sure, you would occasionally yell, “just talk to one another” but realistically we often don’t speak the truth, even when we know better and have knee-jerk, over-the-top reactions that we feel ashamed about later. There was really only one instance where it felt a teeny tiny bit contrived but I was so engaged with these characters and story that I let it slide. Again, so generous of me!
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. Connection, being authentic and unafraid of who you are or your dreams/desires and creating your own family are some of my favorite themes. Add in a colorful character or two and I’m sold!
TL;DR: The Books I Recommend
All of them! Those looking for a feel-good or a lighter read will enjoy The Authenticity Project. And to be clear, this is not a self-help book but a novel. Just in the case “The Novel” in the title didn’t make that clear. 😀 Genre mash-up fans (specifically horror and thrillers) should most definitely check out The Sun Down Hotel. I really enjoyed that one this month. If with all the craziness going on the world and you need a story with clear bad guys who get what’s coming to them, then check out Lee Child. Yes, the Reacher series is 24 books strong but they can be read as a stand-alone book too.
To More Great Books
I actually have quite a few books on my kindle and on hold at the library so I have more than enough to read next month. But I don’t know if book readers ever have enough books to read. We do. And we don’t. Right? 😀 As usual, I’m participating in the Show Us Your Books link-up hosted by Jana and Steph. Be sure to visit and see what everyone was QuaranReading last month.
What was the best book you read last month?