Oh look at me. Reading. Four books. That’s right. I said FOUR books. 1, 2, 3, 4 books. To be fair, it was actually more than four books. I reread a few books that I’m not including here. Why mention those books then, you ask? Yo. I’m flexing. I spent several long months reading none-to-one books. Let me flex!
The Books I Loved, Liked and Loathed in April
This month I found myself reading many hyped books, not necessarily by design. It just so happened that they became available at the same time. I admit it made me a little nervous because hyped books carry extra weight with them. Do they live up? Or are they more overhyped than the Kardashians? Well, there is only one way to find out …
Books I Loved and Loathed
None! So good and bad news but I did like a lot of books, so I’m calling it a win!
Books I Liked
These are the books I liked, from most liked to liked.
Verity by Colleen Hover
Book Description: Hired to ghostwrite Verity Crawford’s novels after a car accident severely injures the writer, Lowen discovers horrifying secrets that could ruin Verity and destroy her marriage.
Book Review: This is my first Colleen Hoover book and it’s my understanding that this greatly differs from her typical books, so I cannot compare it to her usual books. But my interest was piqued from the gazillion 5-star reviews that this book was balls out crazy. And I like crazy. And yes, this book is absolutely WTF. In a good way. I feel like I’m still processing it but definitely enjoyed it. And yet I also weirdly feel like it’s predictable in a WTF kind-of-way, which only makes sense to my messed-up head that envisioned more WTF-ness than the already mucho WTF-ness of Hoover’s book – but there you go (and why a like vs love book).
To Read or Not To Read: Absolutely. But it’s not for everyone as there is some violence towards children that anyone with a soul will be bothered by, although not necessarily enough to stop reading the book (ahem, me).
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
Book Description: When a colleague is found murdered, Clare discovers the killer knows her most intimate thoughts from reading her diary.
Book Review: After my friend, Mackenzie, reviewed this in last month’s SYUB link-up, I planned to add it to my TBR. Well, guess what? I already had requested the darn book, so happy surprise! I love the premise because how spooky would it be to find someone else is writing in your private diary? I get shivers just thinking about it. It did throw me for a loop because I didn’t realize that Clare (Mom), Harbinder (Detective), and Georgie (Clare’s daughter) would each narrate their own section of the story. It initially irritated me, only because I like Clare as her sections were the most gothic and spooky-feeling, but once I decided to stop pouting about it, I liked it.
To Read or Not To Read: It’s not quite as spooky (or foreboding) as I expected it to be (i.e. no Tanya running around clutching her cat while shouting “redrum”) but still a solid mystery.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Book Description: A scandal leaves the Binat daughters struggling to find suitable suitors in this Pride and Prejudice adaptation.
Book Review: I don’t consider myself to be a P&P purist. In fact, I sometimes wish authors would flex a bit more in these adaptations because knowing P&P means you can basically make a checklist of characters/events, which is comforting (to an extent) but also a little dull. Kamal does add some flourishes, which I appreciate. It takes place in Pakistan and the cultural shift provides an additional benefit in that modern(ish) Pakistan treats women about the same as the women in Elizabeth Bennet’s time, i.e. not awesome. I like Alys. Her younger sisters and Mom were annoying as usual and Mrs. Binat was particularly grating and frankly too much. She was borderline abusive to me, which Mama Bennet was not (to my recall). It does provide the HEA fans want and a little bit more, which I appreciated.
To Read or Not to Read: Sure. It was a nice spin on P&P that both purists and non-purists should enjoy.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Book Description: Therapist, Theo Faber is determined to find out why his patient, Alicia Berenson, stopped speaking after killing her husband.
Book Review: Very hyped books make me leery because you inadvertently put them on pedestal, which is often unfair. Ultimately, I liked this but did not love this as much as the rest of the world who proclaimed the best book ever. The twist holds up (in that it’s logical, not randomly selected so the author could do a victory lap of neener, neener, you didn’t guess it. Duh. No one could because it’s that stupid) and the characters are fairly unlikeable overall, which was fine because the story kept me engaged. To me, it’s less a thriller and more about the unintended consequences of trauma and secrets.
To Read or Not to Read: Yes. It’s not the most amazing mystery/thriller I’ve ever read, but it’s still a solid book.
TL;DR: What I Recommend
Knock on wood but while my reading mojo has been mostly off this year, overall I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read and April was no exception. For my thriller/mystery fans, give Verity by Colleen Hoover, The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides a try. All hyped books that mostly deliver (I think going into The Silent Patient knowing that it’s good but perhaps not the MOST AMAZING book every written will increase enjoyment). Pride and Prejudice fans (and romance fans in general) will enjoy Soniah Kamal’s Pakistani take on P&P in Unmarriageable.
To More Great Books
I’ve decided in May to mostly read NetGalley books. My bookshelf isn’t crazy, crazy but I’m deeply behind in my reviews — thanks reading mojo! I want to get caught up because I feel guilty and honestly do want to read most of the books. I expect one or two hold books may become available, which may limit how many NetGalley books I can read, but I shall do my best. Maybe. 😀 I make no promises. As usual, I’m joining Jana and Steph and other book aficionados for Show Us Your Books. Be sure to check out the link-up and see what everyone read last month.
What great books did you read last month? Or what horrible, no-good, awful book did you read or more wisely, not finish?