Saturday, 24 April 2021

April Reads 2021

  April has definitely seen me getting into my reading stride. I've set aside time every morning during Jude's morning nap and sit for at least forty five minutes to an hour reading and I feel all the better for it. I've noticed too, that in the case of the Bridgerton books, I'll do some morning reading then want to read more in the evening which can only be a win win. I didn't start Becoming by Michelle Obama as I intended to in last month's reading round up but it's on my list to start after I finish Bridgerton. 

Bridgerton The Duke & I by Julia Quinn. I was one of the many that absolutely binged Bridgerton when it hit Netflix last year, and as part of my birthday book haul, I picked up the first book to see if I’d like it … I read it within an afternoon. I was hooked! I’m now in the process of ordering the rest of the series to read. 

Smile by Roddy Doyle. Smile was one of my library picks that I chose back in November before the second lockdown. It had been sitting on the shelf for ages before I had actually got around to reading it. The cover intrigued me at first and then realising it was by Roddy Doyle, who wrote my favourite film, The Commitments, I knew I had to pick it up. Again, this was another book which didn’t take long to read; the story was ordinary and so true to life. The ending completely floored me. Thinking back on it, it was something which was so obvious but so well written that you can’t see it until the end. Such clever writing. Also I adored the line ‘then made egg and chips to celebrate the occasion’. 

Letters on Motherhood by Giovanna Fletcher.  I spotted this in the library earlier this month and this has been on my wishlist since it came out, so I snapped it right up. I read this in a day too (I did have one very reading heavy week in April!) - it was a great read. Full of anecdotes, advice and photos it definitely didn’t disappoint. If you loved Happy Mum, Happy Baby, you’ll enjoy this. Best line - ‘These are your carefree days. Enjoy them’

The Other Mother by Jen Brister. Saw this in the library too and the cover caught my attention. Loved reading this - the story covers motherhood by Jen and her partner Chloe. It shows the trials of IVF, pregnancy and same sex motherhood. I really loved broadening my reading in parenthood I  learnt a lot from this book and could relate to a lot in this book. A brilliantly funny read. 

Open by Frankie Bridge [AD - Pr Sample] Right from the outset ‘I am a constant work in progress’ 

Loved that Frankie said her Nan had nicknamed her ‘sunshine and showers’. Also really liked the lines ‘there isn’t going to be one thing that makes this all go away’ and ‘I am a constant work in progress’. I found throughout too that the input from Frankie’s mental health team which is cleared printed throughout gives good insight into the complexities of mental health. 

Bridgerton The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. I think I can safely say I am well and truly in the Bridgerton fan camp. I started this in the morning and stayed up until 11:45pm reading the same night because I decided I needed to know how the story ended. I actually realised I prefered the story of Anthony Bridgerton to the Daphne’s story and am really looking forward to seeing each of the Bridgerton stories develop. 

Bridgerton An Offer From a Gentlemen by Julia Quinn. Loved the beginning with the Cinderella-esque vibes and was really pleased when the story steered away from the Cinderella theme and developed into it's own story. Again, I read this in a day. This story followed Benedict and through this book, I found you learned a lot more about the younger Bridgerton characters too. 

According to my Goodreads profile I'm 25 books through my reading challenge this year, which I've set to 29 ... so I reckon I could complete my goal next month! 

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