April has seen me reach the halfway mark of my 50 book reading challenge (YAY!!) with some truly amazing reads and a couple of so-so ones.
At the very top of my list Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Hard not to fall for Daisy, broken, beautiful and self-destructive; aching to be heard, to be loved. Daisy Jones & the Six is everything I think of when I think about the 70’s rock ‘n’ roll scene. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s powerful portrayal of addiction, fame and excess is beyond perfect. Her unique writing style – the novel written as an interview transcript – was like nothing I have read before. The inclusion at the end of the song lyrics was genius. My only complaint is that the band is fictional and I don’t get to hear the songs for real. Hopefully there will be a movie adaptation of this one.
Number two on my list of favourites for April was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I was initially reluctant to read this one – murder mysteries are not really my thing – but I relented after seeing it appear in my Instagram feed over and over; most reviewers giving it 5 stars. I ‘cheated’ and downloaded the audiobook as it was cheaper than the real thing and was floored by how much I loved it. While the narration was a little off putting – my daughter couldn’t listen to it without laughing or eye rolling dramatically – I was hooked in the first few minutes. Definitely a five star read. Incredibly beautiful and well written, it is the story of Kya ‘the marsh girl’; her longing to belong and be loved; her affinity with the natural world of the marsh; her inner strength despite everything she has faced. Delia Owen’s debut novel is a masterpiece.
“I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.” Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
Other noteworthy reads (all 4 star) from April are:
- The After Wife by Cass Hunter
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (Audiobook)
Less noteworthy (and actually a little disappointing) reads from April:
- Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Library book)
- The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
Have you read any of these? If you’d like to chat about these or any other book you’re reading, please leave a comment.