Hey there May! and nearly summer and readers of this blog! how are you all? Here is what I read in April - it may look like quite a lot - and that's because it is. but it is also because I read a lot of young adult books, graphic novels, snuck a cookbook in there, and we also took part in a 24 hour readathon. Bert also read lots this month, and if you'd like to know exactly what, just visit his blog.
I started the month by finishing off The Strange and Beautiful Lives of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This is a young adult book that is in the vein of Chocolat by Joanne Harris or books by Alice Hoffman, yep, it's choc-full of magical realism, maybe a little too much? it's a lovely book though and I enjoyed reading it but there was a little something missing for me.
Next up were a couple of graphic novels - Mercury by Hope Larson and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. Mercury was a strange little story set in Nova Scotia partly in 2009 and partly in 1859 that I really enjoyed. Sisters is based on Raina's life when she was little and it's so super cute! I enjoyed it so much that I got another book by Telgemeier out of the library called Drama which was about putting on a play in school - it was also cute, but not as cute as Sisters.
I'd been interested in the Maggie Stiefvater books for quite a while, and finally picked up the first part of the Raven Cycle - The Raven Boys. It started off a bit slowly for me and I was mainly interested in Blue and her family and all their tarot readings, so didn't want to read all the other stuff. It totally picked up for me midway through though and I am planning on reading the next two parts.
I got myself a new tarot deck this month by the Wild Unknown which is so gorgeous. I also bought the guide book to go with it and read it all.
I borrowed Deliciously Ella from the library and it is a really lovely, pretty book. It's vegan and plant based with no refined sugar or gluten. There are some nice recipes in here and I tried out the baked beans- which I mentioned in a previous post- but some of the recipes are qutie basic. I imaine that if you had just come to eating in this way it would be a really helpful book though. I also read The Yoga of Food by Melissa Grabau - it wasn't quite what I was expecting - more about eating disorders then I realised, but it was really interesting, informative and wise.
Signal to Noise is a young adult book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and it's set in Mexico in 1988 and 2009. It's an interesting novel that felt quite unique. It's all about music and magic and relationships, the main character is also a little grumpy and mean.
Everyone has been talking about I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and it's with good reason. This book is really addictive and quite the pageturner. I read this book during readathon and therefore read it in one day (it's a great book to binge-read!). Saying that, and even though I did really enjoy it, it is a little cliched and cheesy and overly romantic in some places.
And finally I read The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger - my only adult novel I read this month! huh! Anyway, I had previously read The Dissident by Freudenberger which I really loved and Freudenberger is the kind of writer that I'm really into - y'know, that kind of really good contemporary American literature stuff. This book is about a woman who meets a guy on the internet and moves from Bangledesh to the US to marry him - it's about relationships and family and adjusting to a different country, it has a slight bleakness and repression to it and it has a faintly devastating ending.
So that was my reading month. Have you read any of these? what did you think? what are you reading?