I don’t know about you, but we had quite a cold, snowy April in the northeast. Winter just didn’t seem to understand that it was time to move over for Spring. We had an ice storm, freezing temps, and snow on the ground. And here I had pictured myself sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book! I still enjoyed my cup of coffee and book, but I did it in front of the fireplace yet again. The good thing about the wintry weather was that it gave me a chance to stay inside and dive into some good books.
I was fortunate enough to receive early copies of a few new and upcoming books, some of them from authors I’ve already read and enjoyed very much. I was thrilled to receive early copies of Limelight by Amy Poeppel and All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I loved both books!
In Ms. Poeppel’s sophomore novel, Limelight, she transports us back to New York City and gives us a fresh glimpse of what it’s really like to live in the city. Allison, the protagonist, moves with her hubby and kids from a cozy life in Dallas, Texas to Manhattan. Talk about turning your world upside down! Allison soon learns that life in the city is not how she always envisioned and fantasized it to be. Throw in job woes, teenage problems, and a chance encounter with a spoiled, bratty pop star and you’ve got one heck of a novel. If you missed my full review of Limelight, you can read it here and check it out at your local bookstore or library. It released on Tuesday!
I love Emily Giffin’s novels and was thrilled when I received an early copy of her upcoming summer release, All We Ever Wanted. Take a spoiled rich boy and a girl from the other side of town then throw in booze and a bunch of teenagers at a party. Add the click of a cell phone camera, and both their lives are changed forever. Giffin’s latest novel touches on contemporary issues such as sexual assault, mental health, sexting, and tackles the age-old battle of the social classes. I could not put this book down, which is what I’ve come to expect from Giffin’s novels. If you missed my full review of All We Ever Wanted, you can read it here and check it out when it releases in June.
White Fur by Jardine Libaire was an interesting read. I haven’t finished yet because I found the book to be rather slow and the characters not especially likeable. I am intrigued by the story though and do plan to pick it up again and find out what happens. Though, to be honest, it’s not on the top of my TBR pile. If you missed my half-review of White Fur, you can read it here.
Last, but not least, I read my book bucket list pick for April. I chose Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. I’ve been intrigued by this story since I saw a movie version as a kid. I love fantasy and adventure stories, like the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. Gulliver seemed like an adventure with possibly a bit of a magical element to it. All in all, it was an enjoyable read. While the character of Lemuel Gulliver wasn’t exactly a winner with me, leaving his wife and family behind for months and years at a time to go on his own adventures, he did have some redeeming qualities, such as refusing to enslave an entire population of people. If you missed my review of Gulliver’s Travels, you can read it here.
That’s it for my April reads. I’m hoping May brings spring-like weather as I’d love to sit outside and dive into some new reads this month. Up next will be my review of the upcoming release The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick. It’s a mystery set in 1930’s California with a bit of a sci-fi element. Look for that review to post within the next few days. I’ll also be finishing and reviewing a new devotional I received from Bethany House.
Other than my book bucket list pick for May, The Lord of the Rings (finally!!), I don’t have any set reading plans for the month. This is actually a nice feeling. I have stacks of books at home that I’ve been meaning to read for months and even years. I am very excited to browse my shelves and pick whichever book seems to fit the reading mood I’m in. I can’t wait to share my May picks with you! What will you be reading in May?
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