It’s rainy April, Savvy Readers, which means lots of time to cuddle up by the window with a hot cup of whatever it is you like to drink, pull out your favourite cozy blanket, and open up whatever book it is you’re going to read next. Did I just describe the most perfect day for a book lover? Yep.
If you’re struggling with that “book you’re going to read next” part though, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what we’re reading this month (AKA some really good book recommendations). Enjoy, readers!
I’m a sucker for true crime, and Claudia Rowe’s writing reads like fiction. Smooth, chilling, and terrifying, I can’t get enough of her interviews with The Poughkeepsie Killer, Kendall Francois. Brutally honest and explosive, it’s a must-read for 2017.
It’s super fun and really engaging! It’s about the secret life of Sarah Lundy, a.k.a Mitzi Bytes (her online blog persona). She writes about her friends and family until she is ‘found out’ by Jane Q. I can’t stop trying to guess who, out of the list of characters, is the threatening voice in the emails! But I’m also loving Sarah Lundy’s feminist voice. She questions everything about being a woman and a mother and it’s fantastic.
To say that I am loving it would be an understatement. It is a beautifully told story of two young friends in India, one who is lost to a terrible fate and the other who returns to India eleven years later to find her. Being a huge fan of Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda, I could not wait for this one, and it is everything I hoped it would be.
This is the perfect read for the beginning of spring! Miss You follows Tess and Gus over the span of twenty years as their paths cross over and over again without them knowing. Is this book making me believe in serendipity and true love? OH YES. It’s romantic, sad, funny, and I can’t recommend it enough! Excuse me while I go back to feeling all gooey inside because of this adorable book.
When this book goes on sale on April 11th, you should definitely go pick up a copy. This fast-paced and suspenseful read will have you on the edge of your seat and flipping pages like you never have before (because you will really, really want to find out what happened, and oh when you do…). The Finishing School is a contemporary women’s fiction novel mixed with the perfect dose of a psychological thriller/mystery aspect, so there’s a little something for everyone.
Catherine is reading Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
This book was weird and magical and perfect. If you’ve already read the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance) then I won’t need to convince you to pick up the next book from Jeff VanderMeer. If you love literary sci-fi/fantasy like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, I would absolutely recommend that you pick this one up.
This month I’m reading The Upside of Unrequited, the delightful new novel by Becky Albertalli (author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!). It’s a realistic and heartwarming contemporary novel about Molly, who has had twenty six crushes and counting but zero kisses. Will her next crush break this pattern? You’ll have to read it to find out! (💃💃💃 <- me, when reading this book.)
I read Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector years ago and really loved it, and couldn’t wait to get into Rare Objects. I’m a huge sucker for anything set in the 1930’s or 40’s so this was right up my alley. It’s about a girl coming home to Boston after not quite making it in New York and the life she tries to build herself. I’ve gasped out loud a couple of times – definitely recommend.
There you have it, Savvy Readers! Our (highly recommended) April reads! What are you reading this month? Be sure to keep your 50 Book Pledge shelf updated, and us too—tell us in the comments below or on Twitter what you’re reading this month!
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