Books Steph Read – April 2017

April was a pretty great month for reading! I got on a fiction kick and read some awesome books.

Do you go through reading phases like that? Sometimes I just want self-help books and nothing else, and other times I’m just in the mood for fiction. Sometimes deep classics and other times fluffy modern fiction. Let’s call it well-rounded. 🙂

But honestly, I normally have more dud books, so this is a pretty awesome list. I loved almost everything I read in April. Here’s my list and (brief reviews) for what I read!


Belong to Me (Marisa de los Santos)

I’ve been wanting to read one of her books for a while and I can now officially say I’m a huge fan. I loved her writing and the characters were likeable and the story was sweet. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work.


The Trespasser (Tana French)

This was definitely my least favorite book this month. I considered quitting several times but (for no good reason) decided to plow on ahead. The language was excessive, to the point of being obnoxious. I mean, I know I live in a bubble, but do people honestly talk like that?? It is a murder mystery and not terrible, but I didn’t like it. I’ve seen Tana French recommended for a long time and now I know her books are just not my thing.


Present Over Perfect (Shauna Niequist)

This is probably in my top 5 favorite books now. I ADORED this book. I can’t even explain it, but I will be re-reading this. Encouraging and hopeful in a crazy-making world, and it was exactly what I needed when I read it. Go read this NOW.


Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)

I’ve had this on my shelf for a couple years now and I knew it would be a favorite; I just hadn’t made the time to read it. So when I finally got the audiobook from the holds list at my library, I was thrilled. And I absolutely loved it. Now I can’t wait to dive into A Gentleman in Moscow (which I believe is a sequel of sorts), which is also sitting on my shelf.


10% Happier (Dan Harris)

This was an easy, interesting read that confirmed to me what I already know: that meditation is awesome. Written by a man who is not your typical meditation devotee, which made it all the better. It inspired me to get more serious about making time in my day for sitting still with my own self. And also, I really want to go to a meditation retreat someday. I highly recommend this to anyone skeptical about the power of meditation.


The Course of Love (Alain de Botton)

This came highly recommended from my most trusted book source, Anne Bogel, and rightfully so. A psychological perspective on a marriage relationship, and I loved it.


The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress (Ariel Lawhorn)

The April book pick for the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club (if you’re not a member, you should come join me and become one!). Based on the true event of a missing New York judge. I didn’t love it because the characters weren’t very compelling, despite the mystery of the disappearance.


Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

Surprisingly, I loved this book. The premise didn’t call to me – it’s about video games – but it was a great story. Set it 2044 in a world where virtual reality is where everyone spends all their time, it was interesting to think about where we’ll actually be at that point. I don’t usually read sci-fi, but this was lots of fun.


Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)

I recommend listening to this on audio, like I did; it’s read by the author and it’s wonderful. It’s a children’s book, technically, and it’s written in verse (like a really long poem) but I loved it.


Far, Far Away (Tom McNeal)

This was a YA novel that read like a modern fairy tale. It was engrossing and really fun. If you like the show Once Upon a Time, you’ll probably love this book.

 

Now tell me: what are you reading?

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