Monday, May 9, 2022

April Reading List

 I seriously cannot believe we are already walking though the month of May. I know I have said it before on here, but I feel like the timing of this year is so weird because the months themselves seem so long, but the year has gone by so fast {at least for me} thus far. I will go ahead and admit that I did not read a book I thought was truly great during the month of April. They had their good points, but overall they all feel a little short of expectation. Fingers crossed that my reading selection for May are a little better than the ones I read last month, but for now… onto the books I read in April!

One// The Grace Kelly Dress, by Brenda Janowitz

Full confession: I had never heard of this book before, but when the title popped up in my Audible recommendations, I knew I had to read it, because Grace Kelly’s name was included in the title. This book was actually a pretty fun read. It covered three generations of women who all wore a wedding inspired Grace Kelly’s and the love story that went along with each woman’s life


Two// The Cave Dwellers, by Christina McDowell

I have to say, I was not a fan of this book at all… but someone else might love it! I’m honestly really tired of the news, politics, etc. and this book is set in D.C., so naturally this book does involve that element. Aside from that though, I felt like the book had a slanted viewpoint and that there really wasn’t a lot of balance to the storyline. There is also a very detailed murder at the start of the book… McDowell can clearly write and include historical facts to strength her story, but I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary details and side stories that really didn’t go anywhere. On a positive note, I will say that she did a very nice job of describing the physical landscape of D.C.


Three// The Girls in the Stilt House, by Kelly Mustain 

Maybe I waited a little too long to read this and my expectation level was just too high, because I have heard really good things about this book, but I wasn’t blown away by the storyline… Two girls form a meaningful bond in a very unconventional way. They come to depend on each other in different ways, and must learn how to navigate a dangerous world of bootleggers and general moral corruptness. 

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