April 2021 Wrap-Up

Eight more books in my “read” column this month! To be fair, 75% of them were audiobooks. I love listening to audiobooks, they give me the freedom to read when I’m doing something else (like laundry)!

April Reads

  • The Address by Fiona Davis. 5 Stairs. This is the second book I’ve read by Fiona Davis, and another great story featuring a New York building, this time The Dakota. Love her use of dual timelines to tell the story.
  • Take it Back by Kia Abdullah. 4.5 Stairs. This was a very intense read, Ms. Abdullah tackles some tough subjects. While the courtroom trial kept me wondering who was telling the truth, it was the struggles of the main character Zara – an independent Muslim woman – that kept me turning pages.
  • Punning with Scissors by Becky Clark. 4.5 Stairs. (Expected publication May 11, mini-review coming soon!) This book has all the elements of a great cozy mystery – set in a small town where an amateur female sleuth stumbles into a murder investigation. Love the protagonist Quinn – she isn’t perfect, but she uses her strengths to get to the bottom of things.
  • Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie. 4 Stairs. April #readchristie2021 selection. Full of interesting characters, there are a long list of suspects that Luke Fitzwilliam is trying to sort out and find whodunit. Even though it doesn’t feature Poirot or Miss Marple, the mystery is classic Christie and very enjoyable.
  • You Have a Match by Emma Lord. 4 Stairs. This was a super-cute YA book, perfect for a summer read. If you are headed to the beach or pool this summer, be sure to toss a copy of You Have a Match in your bag!
  • Death on Ocean Boulevard by Caitlin Rother. 4 Stairs. If you like true crime and have never heard of the tragic (and bizarre) death of Rebecca Zahau, this is a great book to read. If you’re like me and have seen some of the documentaries about her death, you probably already know most of this story, but there are some new pieces here if you want to dive in again.
  • We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman. 3.5 Stairs. I liked the characters, and I really enjoyed that this story centered around the Truman Capote book In Cold Blood, and spun off a tale of “what if?” from this actual crime.
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. 2 Stairs. (3 Stairs was my initial rating, but the more I think about this book the worse I feel about it.) If you are like me and loved the first book – I would leave it at that. Just love the first book and skip this one. On the plus side, Wil Wheaton is still an awesome narrator.

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Whew! April was busy! Four months down, and (for once!) my reading goals are looking great: 29/60 books read. Audio books are certainly making this possible. How are you doing? What book do you recommend for May reading? Sign off below!

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