April To-Be-Read: Will They Live Up to the Hype?
Last month, I read 14 books bringing my total for the year up to 36 books. I borrow a majority of the books from my local library. I don’t like buying books unless I know I’ll re-read them or I’m supporting a Canadian or Indigenous author or bookstore. (Sometimes, I’ll admit, the Kindle deals do convince me to break these rules or I *need* to read something the library doesn’t have, but I’m trying to resist.)
This month some of my choices are based on Book Riot’s 2021 Spring Review, while bookstagram inspired the rest. Here is my April to-be-read (TBR) shelf on Goodreads. You can also find frequent updates of my reading progress on Instagram, @kaitlynreadsalot. You do not need an account to view either Goodreads on Instagram.
From the spring review:
- How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
- The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende
- My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (The Four Winds is the spring review book. However, they said anything by Kristin Hannah was good, and this is what was available.)
Also on my TBR list this month are:
- Piranesi by Susanna Clark
- Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Jones
- Gutter Child by Jael Richardson
- Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
- A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Worth the Hype?
Except for the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which I started in March, I chose all these books because they garnered social media and book blog attention. So, I’m asking the question: are they worth the hype? I expect these books to be unique, appealing to any reader, and of course, to linger with me. If the cover says the book will haunt me, then it better haunt me. And some of the featured reviews on this month’s covers have some big promises to fulfill.
“Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson is a page-turner of a novel that is utterly transporting.” — Attica Locke
“A heart-breaking stunner of a book . . . Meticulously researched and richly crafted. I was utterly riveted.” — Aimie K. Runyan
How Beautiful We Were:
“Imbolo Mbue makes characters so vibrant, so rich, so distinct, so full of contrast and color, that it takes my breath away. How Beautiful We Were is a masterpiece.” — Mark Salzman
“How Beautiful We Were will enthrall you, appal you, and show you what is possible when a few people stand up and say, ‘This is not right.’ A masterful novel.” — David Ebershoff
Based on recommendations alone, I think my three favourites will be:
- Indians on Vacation
- Gutter Child
- The Soul of a Woman
I see myself not enjoying The Nightingale as I’m experiencing World War overload recently, and it takes place during WW2. So if I like it, then it’s really great.
As far as all the other books are concerned, I’m hopeful that they will live up to the hype. I have faith in the storytelling abilities of Imbolo Mbue, Chang-Rae Lee, and Susanna Clarke. I think it’ll be a good reading month.
This pile is missing Indians on Vacation and The Nightingale because I haven’t picked them up for the library yet. I’m trying to holdout so I have more reading time.
Sorry for the poor picture quality; my iPhone 8 does its best but is no match for newer cameras or the glare that comes off the library’s protective covers.
Diverse authors: 6
Stay tuned for my April recap, which will be available as soon as I’ve gotten through this stack. See below for my favourites from March.
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Here is my Goodreads shelf for March and my three favourites article: