What I Read in April

What I Read in April

What I Read in April

As self-isolation continues, so does my increase in reading. This month I’ve read 11 books! A mix of comfort reads psychological thrillers and feel-good fiction.

Since I work in publishing I’ve caught up with a lot of my work reading, and been spending a lot of my ‘free time’, i.e. my time not working, reading for pleasure.

Let’s jump right on in to see what I was drawn to this month.

The Vow by Debbie Howells

An Avon book I’m really looking forward to promoting in October. This psychological thriller has everything you could possibly want: a great mystery, a fantastic and unexpected ending, and a proper just-one-more-chapter vibe to it. I read it in one afternoon!

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

My yearly re-read has begun again! A little earlier than usual, but due to the current circumstances a Harry Potter readathon was just what the doctor ordered.

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Each year my opinion of this book changes. Sometimes I find it the dullest of the series and then other times I find it really clever. This year it was the latter. I love the plot twists and turns in this book and how each little thing ties up to make a perfect ending. From Ron’s broken wand to Harry speaking parseltongue.

The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann

The runner up to the Comedy Women in Print prize, The Lonely Fajita is being published by the sister imprint to Avon – One More Chapter – and it’s great! A properly hilarious, feel-good read with an intergenerational twist and a lovely ending. A great read if you want to relax during these uncertain times.

Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

finally got around to this Greek Myth re-telling. Got to say, not my favourite. I enjoyed the parts from Briseis’ perspective but then without warning in went into Patroclus and Achilles’ perspective and I felt like I was re-reading Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – which I loved! – I wanted to read Briseis’ story, not Achilles again. Also, whilst a complicated subject, this book does seem to teeter on the edge of glorifying rape… lots of opinions.

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

And the re-read continues, along with a movie marathon of the films! My parents and I are choosing comfort films to watch at dinner and I chose Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (naturally). Now we’re re-watching all the movies! But they’ll have to wait until I’ve finished each book, as that is tradition.

Anne of Avonlea by L. Maud. Montgomery

The sequel to children’s Anne of Green Gables was just as escapist and lovely as its predecessor. I preferred the first novel to this, as I found the idea of a sixteen-year-old working as a school teacher and being almost perfect in every way, if a little vain, a little unbelievable. The stories are very nice though.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I read this as part of an impromptu isolation book club that some friends and I have begun. All three of them had read it and I was the only one left out, so I downloaded and binge-read over a week. I really enjoyed it. It was a book that completely passed me when it came out in 2018, but I really enjoyed the premise and the writing style.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

And the fourth book… got to say this is not my favourite of the series. I’m just not a fan of the Triwizard Tournament I think. But still, a great read to escape during self isolation.

This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

Another Book Club read for the month. A slow-paced thriller with in-depth detail of the gentrification of London. Whilst incredibly unique, with a strong line of social commentary, this was a little too slow for me to say I enjoyed it thoroughly. The characters were also unlikable for quite a strong portion of the book. Still, worth a read.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The largest book of the series, which as a publisher means ‘the book most in need of editing.’ Still, an epic and fun comfort read.

And that’s what I read in April. What did you read in April? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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What I Read in April 2020


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