April Reads

It’s time to share my April reads!

In case you missed it, here’s what I read in January, February and March.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This was another Book of the Month* club book. The story follows 30 year old Eleanor Oliphant who lives a rather boring life until she meets a new coworker and they happen upon an elderly man in distress. This book went in different directions than I expected and at times was slow but I enjoyed it over all. 

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

At 29 years old, after spending two years paying off $30,000 of debt, giving up alcohol and giving her health a complete overhaul, Cait decides to give up spending for a year. She creates rules on what she can and can’t buy. [She can buy groceries but no take out coffee etc] and she chronicles the experience month by month. I really enjoyed this book. It’s inspiring, honest, relatable and most of all, authentic.

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

This was a tangled love story that results in a missing woman and is full of secrets and lies. It’s definitely a thriller.

Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly

I’d been reading this book month by month since the new year. I liked the way Jess honestly walked through her understanding of holiness and encouraged woman to stop watering down their faith. 

The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan

I LOVED this thriller- it was hard to put down. A couple in financial distress make a plan to make all their problems go away but the plan changes and twists throughout the book.

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

This book starts out like a love story around the time of WWII and gives a fascinating perspective of a woman’s role in Nazi Germany. I wasn’t sure how much I liked the first half but I really enjoyed the second half. 

A Mother’s Reckoning- Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold’s son Dylan walked into Columbine High School with his friend Eric Harris. Together the two boys killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives. She writes honestly and reflectively about her son, how it felt to live in those minutes, hours and days that followed. Her story captivated me and broke my heart. Her feelings as a mother, full of grief and shame and wondering “how could my child, the promising young man I loved and raised, be responsible for such horror?” Her book is haunting and sheds light on so many dark corners of mental health and suicide awareness.



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  1. Tricia C says

    I have been in a reading funk (as in, not really reading) for the last 6+ years since my first child was born, but this year…I’M BACK! Thanks for these lists, which have inspired me to get back to reading. I’ve checked your lists each month and put the ones that sound interesting on a list I can keep on my library website – super convenient. Averaging 2-3 books now a week since my kids are finally getting to a place of needing me a little less and it’s glorious! 🙂