April Reading Wrap Up | 2017

April Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up | 2017

I have loved reading this month. I’ve been in a real reading mood after so many weeks of being in a slump. I’ve been looking forward to sharing my April reading wrap up.

The total sum of books I have read this month is 10. And I am so happy with myself. Because this might be a longer reading wrap-up than usual. So I’m going to jump in.

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lessner

This technically was a book I carried over from March and finished on the 2nd April so a slight cheat. I saw the trailer for the movie and was interested enough to pick up the book on my kindle and started reading it immediately.

The first few chapters are hilarious with great observations and a fascinating protagonist in Carrie Pilby. She’s a child genius who recently graduated from Harvard aged 19 years old. She struggles socially, being about 4 years ahead of everyone, and her intellectual brain makes it even harder she struggles to translate social norms. It’s romance, drama, comedy, and general all-around fun.

How to Start a Revolution by Lucy-Anne Holmes

One of two feminist reads this month. This is the short non-fiction book written by Lucy-Anne Holmes, the girl behind the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign. What started off as minor irritancy turned into a national campaign. This is a short description of how that campaign started, what she did, and what happened. Quick, interesting read.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

This is one of three short story collections released by Pottermore about the Harry Potter universe. So technically this is more of a .5 read rather than a whole read, but oh well. It was great! This collection focuses on the unsung heroes of the Harry Potter Universe: Professor McGonagall, Lupin, Sybil Trelawney, Silvanus Kettleburn – with additional facts about Animagi, Werewolves, and Naming Seers. Really quick and lovely read! I love anything HP! I look forward to getting the next two next month!

Dead Embers by Matt Brolly

So you might not know this yet but I have a new job! I’m starting work as a Marketing and Publicity Executive at the small digital publisher Canelo in the first week of May. As such I am trying to familiarise myself with their past books, one of which is Matt Brolly’s latest book: Dead Embers. I read this book in four days! It was an addictive fast-paced thriller read and third in a series – which didn’t affect my reading at all, as this is the first book of his I have read! – the story focuses on a police detective who has to solve a case when a policewoman and her husband are kidnapped and their house is set alight with their daughter still inside! Really well-written and it’s only 99p on Amazon Kindle!

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

This was a random read, and one I read in less than two hours. My sister is a primary school teacher and is going to be studying this book with her class, but she hadn’t read it on Sunday when she needed it for Monday. So I read it for her. She was shocked I read it so quickly – but it is a children’s book after all – I even managed to summarise each chapter. I really am a good sister…sometimes.

History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray (audiobook)

Another audiobook down. I got this book about two months ago as it sounded really interesting and something I could dip in and out of depending on the women. I knew most of the women included in this book – Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher, Boudicca, Mary Seacole but some I hadn’t heard of before: Nancy Astor, Mary Somerville, Elizabeth Garret Anderson. Jenni reads the book herself and you can sense her passion for women and also feminism. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

We All Begin as Strangers by Harriet Cummings

I was sent this book last month to review for the Blog Tour for the book’s release. You can check out the book review here. I quite enjoyed this book. Set in 1984 and based on a real event in a small town, about a criminal called the Fox who used to sneak into people’s houses and watch them, this is more of a homely read. About the people whose houses have been broken into. After a woman is taken by ‘the fox’ the story moves between perspectives of the people who knew the woman and ultimately comes full circle. Well worth a read.

Animal: The Autobiography of the Female Body by Sara Pascoe (audiobook)

Another audiobook. I am on an audiobook roll at the moment! This book was everything I didn’t expect it to be from one of my favourite comedians: serious. She does it in a way that fits in with her slightly childish persona onstage, with a lot of anecdotes of her own tumultuous love life and life in general.

Each chapter has harrowing moments, explains things that I didn’t know or hadn’t considered, and is always serious in some respect. She covers topics from sex – in general, and all the events leading up to it, after, during, and around it – to rape, child marriage, abortion, and female genital mutilation. I learned things about my own body, from anatomy to how my brain works, and I laughed about things I have done or felt which I now realise a lot of women experience. It’s a really strange book but one I’ll be gifting to friends, my teenage cousins, and anyone with a female body.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Release Date: July 7th 2017)

This is Matt Haig’s adult fiction novel, which has recently had its film rights bought by Benedict Cumberbatch! It is a fast-paced, historical time-traveling story, set around a man, Tom Hazard, who ages incredibly slowly.

He was born in the Tudor Period and in the modern-day is a teacher at a school in Southwark London. It tells of his life and the treatment of his ‘kind’ during his lifetime, from witch-hunting in the 1600s to the scientific killings in the 1800s until now, when a secret society is after people like Tom.

It’s a romance, a thriller, a contemporary novel in one and it’s really easy to read. I had some issues with it towards the end – it needed to be pulled in a little more it went off a random, quick tangent without much explanation – but I liked the bulk of the book, particularly when Matt wrote about Tom’s time throughout history from meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald to befriending Shakespeare! Well worth a read when it comes out in July – and I’ll be going to the movies to see it too!

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Release Date: June 1st 2017)

And last but not least another book that’s not being released for a while. This is Sally Rooney’s first novel and it is so intense.

The main character of Frances is a modern-day poet. Her best friend – and ex-girlfriend/poetry partner – befriends a writer and her actor husband and what happens is an intense story of friendship, love, and affairs. The writing is so interesting and gripping! I read this story in about 1 week and I loved it. However, I don’t agree with much of the story and I find that the politics and geography of the whole piece are confusing. But that being said,  I really enjoyed it! I need people to read it so I can discuss it. I think Sally Rooney is just a fantastic writer! Full review to come.

So there we have it. 10 books in my April reading wrap-up. I’ve really enjoyed reading this month. I hope it lasts as I am currently reading quite a books on the go:

  • Nasty Women (finally!)
  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  • And more books on the Canelo list

Let me know what books you’ve read and enjoyed this April. And if you have suggestions for books I should read in the coming weeks.

Love Ellie x

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April Reading Wrap Up | 2017

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