It is safe to say that I bought quite a number of books this month. So let’s just get into it before I get the urge to buy more…
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Honestly, the first thing that made me pick up this book was the author’s name. The name “Banana” rarely goes unnoticed, I’d imagine. So I picked up this book Kitchen. I barely read the synopsis; the name and the Japanese woman on the cover smiling back at me was enough to make me buy it from my public library’s used bookstore for $.50. I bought it and read it soon after I finally finished the gargantuan book that is The Fiery Cross; I need something much, much smaller than 979 pages. Going into this story blind, I was so blown away with how profound and resonant Kitchen turned out to be. It covers hard topics, such as love, loss, death, and grief. Please, PLEASE everyone go and read this ASAP, and make sure you get the bind-up version that includes the companion story “Moonlight Shadow.” Absolutely stunning, I gave this book a 5/5 STARS.
N.p. by Banana Yoshimoto
At the time that I bought Kitchen, N.p. was right next to it at the library’s little bookstore. Considering I wasn’t at all familiar with Yoshimoto’s writing, I only bought Kitchen the first time around. However, the moment I finished it, I knew I had to go back and get her other novel, N.p., that was also for sale before anyone snagged it before me. Thankfully, N.p. was there waiting for me the next day when I went back for it. I’m currently 60 pages into it. The story line is extremely complex and interesting. To save time and my own lackluster interpretation of the plot, I will link the Goodreads page for N.p. here. I’m so curious as to where this story is going to take me!
The Martian by Andy Weir
I have heard countless amazing things about this books all throughout the book community. All I really know about the plot is that an astronaut named Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars after a disastrous dust storm. I believe the novel revolves around Whatney trying to get back to Earth. I have heard nothing but amazing things about both this book and its film adaptation, so I’m excited to get around to this one eventually.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
As is the case for most of the books in this haul, I also picked this one up at the secondhand bookstore in my local public library. I like to go into most of my books blind, especially if it’s a thriller like this one, so I don’t know too much about this book aside from some of the info provided on the back of the book in the synopsis. A woman finds a letter from her husband addressed to her to be read after he dies. The letter reveals some deep dark secret that may change everything about her relationship with him. The major problem is: she finds this letter while he is still alive. The plot seems really interesting, and I absolutely love the covers or Moriarty’s books (although I have yet to read one). Hopefully this one will make me want to pick up more of her books.
Unearned Pleasures by Ursula Hegi
I mainly picked this up for three reasons: it’s extremely short, the title, and it’s a collection of short-short stories. I’ve never read a collection of short stories through and through, so I figured a good place to start is an extremely short bindup of short stories. I started this prior to starting my current read (Silver Bay) and unfortunately, I was not gripped by any of the four stories I’ve read so far. I decided to put it down in order to avoid falling into a reading slump. I’ve been on a huge reading streak, and I don’t want a boring book to bog me down. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick this back up later on and finish it off. It has pretty mixed reviews, so I’m really not too sure. I’ll leave the Goodreads link here so you can see the synopsis and reviews for yourself.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Yes, I’ve already read this book 12 times; yes, I already own my original copy of this book; and yes, I bought another copy for $.50. Here’s why: I absolutely adore this book. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, if not my absolute favorite. I find myself constantly recommending this book to anyone who asks me for book recommendations. I bought a second copy because when it comes to my favorite book, I’d like to have spares on hand to give to special people who ask for recommendations and seem interested in reading it. I first thought of this when an ex of mine just gave me his copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull just because I wanted something to read. He said he purposely keeps several copies because he believes everyone should read that book. I thought that was so awesome, and I wanted to be able to do the same thing with my favorite books. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an amazing debut novel. It’s not just a romance; it’s so much more than that. A man stuck with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel, brought together by fate or pure coincidence with a woman named Claire. I still have the urge to read this book even though I’ve read it so many times before. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this book.
The Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
Last year I took a class on Native American literature. I primarily picked this up because of the author. I don’t even know what this novel is about, but I was interested to see how this novel compares with the Native American literature I’ve studied before. My little sister read another novel by Alexie and really liked it, so I figured I’d pick this one up, since it was only a mere $.50. I’ll leave the Goodreads link here.
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
This story is about a young woman who moves into a flat with an athletic, handsome young man named Bruce, with an eccentric widow and a single mom and her son as neighbors. This seemed like a fluffy contemporary, perfect for summer. PLUS, it’s set in Scotland, which I absolutely love.
The Silent Wife A.S.A. Harrison
This is the second thriller I bought this month. Again, I don’t know much about this book, and I’d like to keep it that way. It follows the deteriorating marriage of Jodi and Todd. He is cheater, and she lives in denial. The tension continues to build between them, rushing “haplessly toward the main event.” For more information, click here.
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
I have yet to encounter someone who read Me Before You and didn’t fall in love with it. I absolutely loved that book, so I’m really interest in reading Moyes’s other books and seeing if they’re just as good. I went to my Goodwill bookstore and found that familiar loopy font that is signature for Moyes’s covers. I grabbed Silver Bay so quickly without even looking at the synopsis and went straight to checkout. This book is about a quiet oceanfront town. A single mother named Liza and her daughter live there in isolation, peace, and safety with a family member. That is until English business man, Mike Dormer comes to town with unknown intentions and threatens the peaceful quiet life Liza worked so hard to maintain. I’m a little more than halfway through this book and I’m totally loving it. It’s contemporary romance that covers hard topics such as loss, family dynamic, infidelity, and man’s impact on the nature surrounding him, with a bit of mystery as well! There are some mixed reviews on Goodreads, especially regarding the pacing of the book; many complained it was painfully slow, but I disagree. I think the pacing is just right, and the story really immerses the reader in the story. I find myself craving to move to a quiet Australian oceanfront town myself! I can’t wait to plow through the rest of the novel and see how everything pans out.
That concludes my book haul for the month of April. I hope you enjoyed and perhaps feel inspired to read some of the books I’ve listed. What books have you splurged on this month? What books are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!
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