April was a great month of reading. I think I read most of my favorite books of the year this month! We started busy – closing weekend of the hobnob theatre co. spring show (“Art” directed by our friend Casey) and the beginning of outdoor soccer. We are doing soccer 6 days out of the week – whether it’s practice or games. We’re busy! But it’s the kind of busy that doesn’t feel busy. It’s an enjoyable busy. And I had time to read a lot! Seriously…these are some of my favorite books this month…
The Nix by Nathan Hill. I loved this book. I loved the length of the life it took the reader through and I loved the story it told. I loved the mystery that had to be solved without it feeling like a mystery at all. Great character writing. Kept me guessing. And it finished the story. I always love a novel with an ending instead of a question mark.
The Dry by Jane Harper. Another mystery, but again…it didn’t feel like a mystery. It begins with a tragedy, and then a close friend who is also the lead investigator of the tragedy, unravels the story. This novel takes place in Australia (during a drought…like every other novel set in Australia that I’ve read), and the rites to the film have already been picked up (by Reese Witherspoon, who I have a new fondness for after watching “Little Big Lies” last weekend when we got HBO for three full days. It’s a miniseries based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name. So well done. I’ve never read Moriarty, but she has several books out that are on my to-read list). Again, great characters, and a suspensful story.
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny. This was a full-on mystery that felt like a mystery. It’s the second Lousie Penny I read and I’m still not a huge fan, but I’m going to keep reading books in this series because I’ve heard from several sources that the next few novels of this series get better.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Where to begin with this book? I had only heard the title, but never a description of the story. It was a wonderful, heart-warming, heartbreaking, lovely story.
A Little Life by Yana Hanigahara. This one was easy to read, because it was so well written. I love Hanigahara’s writing style. BUT. This one was so hard to read because the story broke your heart over and over all the way through to the end. It just doesn’t stop. I’d recommend it if you have a strong emotional life.
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Technically, this is a May book. Since I finished it today (May 2). But since it’s fresh in my mind, I want to include it this month. I loved this story. I’m not going to say much about it except that I loved the way the author wrote about a very delicate and could-be controversial topic.
I had a day to myself last week (for “Take your Kids to Work” day at Kenny’s workplace). So I hit the spa and the bookstore in the town over and bought three new-to-me books that I can’t wait to get into. Check my instagram account for those titles (smithical).
Hopefully this month will usher in one of my favorite times of year: reading on the deck!!