Well, our province is under yet another stay-at-home order and we had our delayed March Break last week so I've had a lot of time to read lately and this post sure shows that! I almost don't need to participate in the readathon coming up this weekend, but you know I will :) So here's what I've been reading thus far.
Monday, April 19, 2021
April Reading, Thus Far
I said I was potentially spending the Easter weekend with Feyre and the gang and well... I did. I didn't do much else, including sleeping or spending much time with my family (ooops) but I had an excellent reading weekend :) And let me just say that reading these the second time around, they were just as good as when I first read them about three years ago.
If you aren't a baseball fan, or a Toronto Blue Jays fan, then this likely isn't the book for you. However, I am both and, after listening to Jerry Howarth call baseball games on the radio for a few years, I LOVED this book. I loved learning more Blue Jays history. I loved reliving the 2015 and 2016 seasons. I loved it all. It also made me sadder than ever that the Jays don't have specific radio announcers anymore -- they're just using the TV feed but reporting baseball for TV is very different than reporting it for people on the radio who don't have access to any visuals.
Danielle Steel was one of the first adult authors I ever started reading, around Grade 9. I know, I know. But when I saw this book in a Free Little Library I couldn't resist picking it up. I don't know that I need to read another Daneille Steel book but it was sure fun to remember back to my high school self who couldn't read these novels fast enough :)
After I'd finished this book, I realized it was really a book of short stories. Normally I don't like short stories, but these ones sucked me in and I couldn't read them fast enough. I liked this even better than Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi's second novel. I highly recommend this book of family history about two half-sisters and their families who live separate stories and then come back together.
My best friends lent me this book and I loved it. I devoured it in one sitting. I loved how honest Dr Biden was about her reluctance to get into a relationship with President Biden and how she knew that she needed to have work outside the home. This book, along with Vice-President Kamala Harris' book, made me want to institute a special Sunday night dinner no matter what! I really do love getting a behind the scenes look at the lives of these women.
I started this book before bedtime and stayed up way too late reading it. It terrified me and I was frozen in place for a couple of hours, unable to put it down to go to sleep or go to the bathroom. I didn't sleep well after reading about two-thirds of it and had to finish it in broad daylight so I wouldn't be as scared. It's been awhile since a book has scared me this much. It's not that it's that violent but it's more of a psychological thriller which I can't handle. There are four more books in this series (thus far) and I WILL NOT be checking them out.
It seems funny to put these two books together but they are both books I got for free, and they are both books about not taking things too seriously.
This is a book that I think Dave bought at Costco for my birthday a couple of years ago. And I still hadn't gotten around to reading it. However, I devoured it in a couple of sittings last week. It was a fun story of an older woman (probably around my age -- yikes!) breaking out of the defined norms of her life and learning to be happy. I really loved this book and would recommend it for an easy read about life.
Well you know that I jumped on the Bridgerton bandwagon. Since we don't have Netflix, the only way I was going to be able to take advantage of this craze was to read the books, which are always better anyways :) This was a perfect Friday night read and I read it in one sitting. And now I have to wait for ten other people to be done with the next book before my library hold comes in. Boo :(
This book was so good. I highly recommend it. Adunni has a "louding voice" and her story is one I will not soon forget. And I like Adunni's updated version of Scarlett O'Hara's famous line: "Tomorrow will be better than today" is how Adunni reminds herself that life will improve.
There are twelve days left of April and I still have a few library books which are overdue so I have to get back to reading. Hahaha! What have you read thus far in April? Do you have any recommendations for me? I prefer "not terrifying" but other than that the bar of what I'll read is set fairly low these days :)