I felt like I went a little “light” this month with reading. Honestly, it was a more stressful month for me and I couldn’t exactly deal with anything too heavy in my spare time. So, page-turners it is!
WHAT I READ IN APRIL 2021
THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley
I’m pretty late to the game for this book. The audiobook was available on Scribd so I decided to give it a try. It’s a murder mystery novel that takes place at a remote winter resort in Scotland. There as a lot I loved about the book (like examining old friendships and why they last) and a lot I was kind of side-eying. Overall, I thought it was a pretty entertaining read and if you want a quick, fast paced novel that keeps you guessing “whodunit,” definitely give it a try!
WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker
This was a completely different kind of novel then what I expected. It follows two main characters who, on the surface, seem like they have nothing in common: a police chief named Walk and Duchess, a13 year old self-proclaimed “outlaw.” I much preferred Duchess’ portion of the book and could have read a book solely about her life and her coming of age story. There were parts of the book where it dragged a little bit and I kept thinking, “where is this going….” but I was completely hooked by the end when it all came together.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn
Another book I’m late to the game to. The Woman in the Window is coming out as a movie on Netflix in a couple of weeks so I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I’m usually not a fan of thrillers, but this one is definitely up there on the list of good ones like Gone Girl. It reads like a horror film, which I loved! I wish I had read this back in October for a “themed” read. And I also had no idea how it was going to end; I kept going back and forth on my theory. I appreciated this so much because I hate when you can easily predict what the “big secret” is in a thriller!
ANNA K by Jenny Lee
Admittedly, I have never read Anna Karenina– it was an optional book in high school and I 100% picked something else. (I did see the movie adaptation with Keira Knightley though, haha.) Anna K is a modern retelling of Anna Karenina featuring wealthy, dramatic high schoolers from NYC and Connecticut. It has MAJOR Gossip Girl vibes. Honestly…. I both liked it and loathed it 🤣. It’s ridiculously cheesy and jam packed with characters. They’re all dating each other or related to each other (much like Gossip Girl) and I spent half the book trying to remember their relationships to each other. If you’re looking for a good YA novel though, this could be it. (I have heard the sequel is better than the first… and I still may give it a try.)
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry
This is not a literary work of art, but it is a great beach read!!!! I packed it for my trip down to Florida and it was the perfect thing to read by the pool. I love a good “will they, won’t they” love story! Two friends form an unlikely friendship in college and they keep their friendship alive by going on a trip together every summer. The book toggles between their current trip and previous summers– sharing the funny memories mixed with plenty of sexual tension. Such a cute story and would felt very “real.”