What I Read in April

April was filled with a truly random assortment of reads. I thought I would spend more time reading this past month but I have recently been doing some serious tv binge watching. Honestly I am amazed that no one previously made me watch 90 Day Fiancé and all of the spin off shows…talk about some good drama! Of this month’s reads I would recommend Lilac Girls. I had seen it recommend by a few others including Kate Upton and Whitney from Blonde Atlas so I decided to give it a read.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

3.5/5 stars

I listened to the audiobook version of this book and didn’t necessarily love this format. I have always loved Sophie Kinsella books because they are nice easy beach reads. I honestly feel like I can get through books like this much quicker in hard copy. It wasn’t my favorite Kinsella book but it is a cute mindless read if that is what you are looking for.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

5/5 stars

Another WW II book added to my 2020 list and it was a hit. This book followed the story of three women both during and post war. Their lives intersect although they are from different countries and vary in age. While each is a story of love and loss they have such different motivating factors and experiences. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend.

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

4.5/5 stars

This book almost lost me at the beginning because to me it seemed a little bizarre and almost boring. As I read on I was captivated. This story of a modern family facing a social issue that is not often discussed really made me think and reflect on how cruel the world can be sometimes. By stepping outside of our own realities and cultures there is much that can be learned. I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book given my initial perception.

City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future by Mark Prendergrast

4/5 stars

This was an interesting read for me as an Atlanta resident who frequents the Beltline all the time. For those that are interested in the development of Atlanta, particularly the Beltline, and the historical, social, political and economic issues that have shaped the city this is for you.

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