It’s time to review the books I read during April 2016. The month started with a much-needed break from my 40 before 40 Book List, but then I quickly resumed and got back to the list. I have 8 books left and about a month to get it done. I thought it would be super simple to finish everything on time, but I am getting a little nervous! Just 4000 pages left to read.
I finished 8 books during April. A little slower than last month, but a couple of days with a migraine slowed me down!
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I’m listing these four together since it was a series. I read the prequel at the end of March. Very simply, I needed a break from my 40 before 40 list. The stuff I had read was really heavy. Cat recommended this series and it was just what I needed. Very light romance books about a group of friends from college. Geoducks Are for Lovers was my favorite. Ready to Fall and Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat were told from the male perspective, which is always novel. It’s a good series if you are looking for something light.
A 40 before 40 book. After my light romance break, it was back to the list. Honestly, I don’t know what I’ll do next month when I am done with it. It’s been dictating my reading choices for so long!
This book focuses on a father’s decision in 1964 to put one of his twins into state care because she was born with Down’s Syndrome. This happens very early in the book, so it’s not a major spoiler. The book covers a long period of time and goes back and forth between the characters.
I added this book to the list because it made it onto so many “best of” lists. Then, I got worried because some of the GoodReads reviews were not great. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Like so many other books on the list, this isn’t the type of thing that I would normally find myself drawn to. The characters are so complex and everything hinges on that one decision that was made so early in the book. I definitely recommend read it, although it isn’t exactly a light read.
Confession: I’ve never read Dickens. I’m not sure how it didn’t come up in a Brit Lit class as an undergrad, but here we are. I dreaded reading this book. I put it on the list because it seemed like something a true booknerd should do.
PEOPLE. OH MY STARS. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
If there were primetime soap operas set in 1861, this would be it. Pip’s journey is incredible. I loved the way Dickens uses words. It’s incredibly visual.
I really never thought that I would like this book, so I consider myself an unlikely Dickens fan. I can’t wait to read more.
When I asked friends which books I should add to my list, Emily said that I should try Brene Brown. The Gifts of Imperfection is the book that she recommended. This book is really good and I read the bulk of it when I was in a bad mood. It wasn’t anything major, but it was the typical life stressors. Business planning, not feeling 100%, and that sort of thing.
This book is about wholehearted living. I’ve never read Brown’s work on shame, but I think I need to. Her discussion of perfectionism and the debilitating effects that it can have on our lives was so spot on for me. She’s motivating, but not too woo. Enthusiastic, but real. I really hope to put the things that she discussed into practice.
When I asked for recommendations, this one came from Christine. It was one of her early favorites. This was a great read. It was published in 1962 and the influences of communism on the central message are evident. The protaginist, Meg Murry, is a stubborn ball of sass and questioning. (I liked her a lot.) A great story. I wish that I had read this when I was younger. It would definitely have been a childhood favorite.