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Hello, April 2017!


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April 2007. By Allison Krajewski.

Another month has come and gone. March brought snow and the long-awaited spring, within a week of each other. But now April is here, filled with the showers that will bring May flowers!

(to see my Jan/Feb recap, click here)

I don’t know about you, but March was a really productive reading month! I made it through a total of 8 books, to bring my yearly total up to 20. Of those, five were audiobookstwo were paper copies, and the last one was an eBook. These eight books were comprised of a whopping 2,664 pages.

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These are the books that were read:

  • The Animators, by Kayla Rae Whitaker | review
  • Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee | review
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders | review
  • Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories, by Mariana Enriquez | review
  • The Confessions of Young Nero, by Margaret George | review
  • Bull, by David Elliott | review
  • Homesick for Another World, by Ottessa Moshfegh | review
  • In Calabria, by Peter S. Beagle | review


Now that March is over, it’s time to look toward April!

There were a few books I was unable to get to last month – including Exit West (Mohsin Hamid), The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Lisa See), and The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – which I’m still carrying over on my TBR list. However, below are the books I’m looking forward to read in April, starting with the three books I’m reading now.

Gaiman, Neil - American Gods - COVERTitle: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Format: audiobook (read by a full cast), paperback
Date Published: July 5, 2001 by HarperTorch
Pages: 592
Review: posted May 2, 2017
Synopsis: This is one of my all-time favorite books! With the upcoming show premiering on Starz (and it’s about damn time!), I felt like it was worth a reread (in this case, relisten). It’s about Shadow Moon and his involvement in a war between the old gods and the new.  Bonus: the audiobook features Neil Gaiman reading his “Coming to America” segments. (from Goodreads)

Backman, Fredrik - Beartown - COVER.jpgTitle: Beartown
Author: Fredrik Backman
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: April 25, 2017 by Atria Books
Pages: 336
Review: posted April 27, 2017
Synopsis: Beartown, a small town nestled in the forest, is a hockey town. More specifically, ice hockey. Their junior ice hockey team is competing in the semi-finals, and this leads to a violent event against a young girl. Backman has a knack for making the interconnections in a small town feel like he is making a statement about the whole world. I loved Backman’s A Man Called Ove (review here), and at 12% into this book, I feel like I will feel the same about this book as well. (from Goodreads)

404 Ink - Nasty WomenTitle: Nasty Women
Author: 404 Ink: essays by various women
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: March 8, 2017 by 404 Ink
Pages: 240
Review: not finished reading
Synopsis: This is a powerful essay collection about what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st century. The stories from these women are both powerful and relevant, varied in voice but not in volume. (from Goodreads)

Neuvel, Sylvain - Waking Gods - COVER.jpgTitle: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: April 4, 2017 by Del Rey
Pages: 320
Review: not read
Synopsis: This is the long-awaited and long-anticipated sequel to last year’s Sleeping Giants (review here). It picks up where the last book left off. After the discovery of a giant, metallic hand, Rose Franklin has dedicated her entire life to her scientific career, namely the understanding of the origin of the hand and what in means. In the latest installment, humankind is faced with a worst-case scenario: alien machines are touching down all over Earth. Now the Earth Defense Corps is racing to figure out why. Told in the unique interview style by the mysterious narrator, this is sure to be a great read! (from Goodreads)

Kostova, Elizabeth - The Shadow Land - COVER.jpgTitle: The Shadow Land
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: April 11, 2017 by Ballantine Books
Pages: 496
Review: posted May 8, 2017
Synopsis: Alexandra Boyd, a young woman from America, travels to Bulgaria hoping to heal from her loss. Finding an urn of ashes in the backseat of the taxi, she undertakes a journey to find the owners. On the way, she “traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.” (from Goodreads)

Tinti, Hannah - The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley - COVERTitle: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Author: Hannah Tinti
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: March 28, 2017 by Dial Press
Pages: 480
Review: posted August 28, 2017
Synopsis: This promises to be both sweet and heartbreaking. It tells the story of Samuel Hawley and the relationship with his daughter, Loo, as they move to his late wife’s hometown to settle down after years on the run. It interweaves the present with stories of the past – chronicling the twelve bullet holes that riddle the body of Samuel Hawley. I love the father-daughter story that is both “a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller.” (from Goodreads)

Shattuck, Jessica - The Women in the Castle - COVER.jpgTitle: The Women in the Castle
Author: Jessica Shattuck
Format: paper (courtesy of LibraryThing)
Date Published: March 28, 2017 by William Morrow
Pages: 368
Review: not read (never received from LT)
Synopsis: This novel takes place in the aftermath of World War II, in a Bavarian castle that is literally falling apart but which was once the place where the member of German high society convened. Three widows start to rebuild their lives together after the Marianne von Lingenfels’s husband’s failed assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler. She goes on a journey to find and protect her fellow resistence widows: the wives of the her husband’s co-conspirators. Together, these three women learn how to cope with their loss in the aftermath of the war. (from Goodreads)

VanderMeer, Jeff - Borne - COVERTitle: Borne
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: April 25, 2017 by MCD/FSG (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Pages: 336
Review: posted June 19, 2017
Synopsis: This seems like a weird but interesting book. A young woman named Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission. Borne is a strange creature – plant? animal? – and Rachel starts to feel protective. But as Borne grows, he threatens the balance of power in the city, and nothing might ever be the same again. (from Goodreads)

Alexander, V. S. - The Magdalen Girls.jpgTitle: The Magdalen Girls
Author: V. S. Alexander
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: December 27, 2017 by Kensington Books
Pages: 304
Review: posted September 13, 2017
Synopsis: This books takes place in Dublin, 1962. The Magdalen Laundries, within The Sisters of the Holy Redemption, are workhouses that house some “fallen” women, though it was once a place of refuge and safety. Under the strict and often cruel hand of the Mother Superior, Sister Anne, three girls – Teagan Tiernan, Nora Craven, and Lea – look to each other for guidance, support, and a means to escape. But they just might find that the outside world isn’t any less cruel. (from Goodreads)


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