April Favourites: Top 3 Reads This Month

14 books read; these are the three that came out on top

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This is what I did read in April:

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
  • Yellow Wife, Sadeqa Johnson
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
  • Aquarium, Yaara Shehori (ARC)
  • Carry On, Rogé Girard (ARC)
  • The Soul of a Woman, Isabel Allende
  • My Year Abroad, Chang-Rae Lee
  • The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan
  • Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia
  • Indians on Vacation, Thomas King
  • Meet Cute, Various YA Authors
  • The Skin We’re In, Desmond Cole
  • The Witch’s Heart, Genevieve Gornichec

Of Women and Salt

By Gabriela Garcia

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5-stars

Genre: Historical fiction meets contemporary fiction

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I like Latin American history and politics. I’m saying this because my love of Garcia’s book probably stems from the fact that it’s partially set in Cuba and Mexico and features life during the very political Cuban Revolution. It also goes back to Cuba post-revolution. Garcia explores a lot with this book. She manages to tell multiple stories of love and loss in under three hundred pages.

The Keeper of Lost Things

By Ruth Hogan

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4-stars

Genre: Fiction, with romance and fantasy elements

Synopsis:

The Keeper of Lost Things tells the stories of three intertwined characters. Anthony Peardew, who carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved finacée, Therese, on the same day she unexpectedly dies. Laura comes to work for Anthony after a bad divorce and inherits his home with the caveat of fulfilling his last wish, which is to reunite his collection of lost objects with their owners. And Eunice, who found a trinket years ago, and with her own end drawing near, has lost something precious.

Comments:

I read this book up for my library’s book club this month and had no expectations whatsoever, especially after not enjoying anything else. Little did I know The Keeper of Lost Things was exactly the book I needed to get out of my rut and back into reading. It has everything a book needs, including a plotline that draws you in, intrigue, and hope for the characters. You really want the characters to find each other and fulfill all their promises. I finished this book quickly and felt content at the end, which has rarely happened this year.

Yellow Wife

By Sadeqa Johnson

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4-stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Johnson succeeds at bringing the character Pheby Delores Brown to life. Pheby is a strong, spirited woman. Daughter to a white plantation-owning father and a black enslaved mother, difficult events bring Pheby to a prison where she becomes a yellow wife. She dreams of freedom. She wants her children and loved ones to be free.

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Honourable Mentions

  • If you like mythology, read Gornichec’s The Witch’s Heart. It’s a reimagining of Norse mythology. You may also like it if you liked Madeline Miller’s Circe.
  • If you want a feel-good read, which may (or may not) make you laugh-out-loud, you have to read Indians on Vacation by Thomas King. While being a comfort read, King’s book also brushes on indigenous history and issues and European history and culture, focusing on Prague. And I mean “brushes,” as it explores neither in-depth.
  • If you want feminism with a sense of humour, Isabel Allende’s Soul of a Woman should be on your TBR. I mean, it’s Allende. You’ll want to laugh, to cry, to set aside a couple of hours and knock this one out in a sitting or two. Caveat: I did enjoy the first part of this book much more than the second, which is why it wasn’t in the top three.

May Sneak Peak

I’m going into May without a plan. I do have three books checked out from the library right now, which are The Centaur’s Wife (Amanda Leduc), The Rose Code (Kate Quinn), and The Prophets (Robert Jones Jr.). Other than these three books, I don’t have a TBR to share. After last month's rocky start, I don’t even have a bullet journal spread with goals. We’ll all have to wait and see how the month plays out together.

Avid reader and occasional writer. Passionate about gut health, yoga, and running. Find me on Goodreads or Instagram @kaitlynreadsalot

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