April Round-Up – The Books I Read In April 2019

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In April I managed to read seven books, here is a reminder of everything I read this month; you can click on the titles below to read my reviews!

Of the seven books I read this month, four of them were published on 4th April! First of all I read Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts which I really enjoyed. This was a reimagining of the life of Maud Baum, wife of Frank Baum who wrote The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, and it was a fascinating story which saw the magic of Baum’s words brought to life on the big screen, as Maud overseas the production of the film in 1930’s Hollywood. I then took part in the blog tour for The Confessions Of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. This was a refreshing take on the gothic literature genre inspired by some of my favourite books so it was one I was very excited to read. It follows the trial of Frannie, a young woman who started life in Jamaica before finding employment with a family in London, only to be caught up in the suspicion surrounding their deaths.

Next up I read Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I really enjoyed this story which follows the rise and fall of a 1970’s rock and roll band. Told in the format of interviews following the bands story, I became immersed in this band’s world and was gripped by the individual stories of these fascinating characters and the secrets they hold. I then went onto read Her Kind by Niamh Boyce, a powerful and atmospheric novel which tells the story of the events leading up to the Kilkennie Witch Trials of 1324. Told from the perspectives of three different women, it is a novel which gives a voice to those women living in Ireland in the 14th century, a time in which an obsession with witchcraft began to take hold.

This month saw the publication of Sarah Maria Griffin’s latest novel, Other Words For Smoke. I enjoyed this intriguing fantasy story in which we uncover the circumstances behind a mysterious disappearance and the twins who know the truth. Taking place in a house in which a dark power lurks within the walls this is a creepy coming of age tale filled with magic and mystery.

Also this month I took part in the blog tour for Snegurochka by Judith Heneghan. Set in Kiev in the early 1990’s, it tells the story of a woman who moves to Kiev with her journalist husband and their infant son. Here we see the challenges faced by a new mother, and how they are exacerbated by the complex atmosphere in a country that has seen much change. This made for a fascinating read with a sense of foreboding throughout. And finally this month, my book club read was Washington Black by Esi Edugyan which was a fascinating story about slavery and freedom. Beginning in Barbados in the 1930’s, it is an ambitious tale which spans many years and locations as we follow a boy’s remarkable journey.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog in April to read and share my reviews, it is much appreciated. I may be a bit quieter on my blog in May due to a busy month ahead but I hope to read and review as much as I can!

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