April Reading List

Thursday, April 09, 2015

If you're wondering whether I sprained my wrist holding that heavy stack of books, the answer is yes. Yes, I did.

I think I've mentioned before the notoriously long list that I keep in my phone of all the books I want to read one day. Every now and then, I'll pick a few titles from that list to put on hold at the library. This week, they all seemed to become available at the same time. That means I have a lot of reading to do if I don't want to return a bunch of half-read books in two weeks time. I think some sunny afternoon reading on the porch is in order!

Here's what I'm attempting to finish reading this month:

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
This book is the April read for our book club. I'm just a few chapters in, but am trying hard to finish it by the end of the month. I just learned that HBO is coming out with a mini-series based on the book later this month too! You can watch the trailer here.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
This is a great book to read when you're trying to reading a bunch of other books at the same time, because it can be broken up so easily. Each "chapter" is a different reply letter written by Dear Sugar (the once-anonymous columnist) to the thousands of people who wrote in to her column about life, love, break-ups, career changes, addiction problems — basically everything under the sun. Their letters are haunting and Dear Sugar's responses are always so brutally honest and beautiful. Cheryl Strayed's writing is truly a force to be reckoned with. 

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
I've had this book on my to-read list since forever and finally got around to reserving it this month. At this point, I can't even remember what the book is about or why I wanted to read it in the first place. I'm going to trust my initial judgement and hope it will pay off.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
By some stroke of luck, my number finally made it to the front of the queue this week. I thought I was going to be waiting for this book until next November. Now, I'm determined to squeeze it in before it rotates on to the next person in line. I'm a little scared to read this book because of all the hype and strong comparisons to Gone Girl. I'm skeptical that it may not live up to all the commotion.  

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  1. Just read The Girl on the Train - It certainly lives up to the hype! I finished it in two afternoons. Happy reading!

    xx Linds

    1. Just finished it yesterday! I took me a little while to get into it, but it definitely picked up speed towards the end!

  2. Sounds like a great list! I still need to pick up Casual Vacancy! With the wedding and then starting a new job I haven't had time to pick it up!

    1. I'm only a few chapters in, because I started reading The Girl On the Train instead. Hoping to pick it up again this week. Congrats on the new job!


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