What I Read: April 2016

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – This month’s installment in the “classic of the month” club I have with my best friend was the first one I’ve already read all the way through. I hadn’t read it since college, though, and my second read was just as if not more enjoyable. WH is sensationalist, very plot-driven, making it un-put-downable in the finest way. Catherine and Heathcliff are plain nuts, and their story has entranced generations.

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Another book checked off my Spring Reading List, but trust me, this wasn’t a book I just checked off. I’ve heard such great things about it, and they were all true. It is laugh-out-loud funny, made me cry, has beautiful characters and a great portrait of marriage, and I was disappointed there wasn’t another 200 pages to read just because I didn’t want it to end!

Three Wishes by Bergren

Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren – God bless Lisa for making a new River of Time series. The first River of Time collection about Italy is totally fascinating, romantic, and fun to read; Three Wishes, beginning the new series taking place in Southern California when it’s still Mexico, has all these qualities as well. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my feeling about Gabi and Marcello, but Bergren came through, delivering totally different but just as wonderful characters. (I read this in just a couple hours.)

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – I loved Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, so when I ran across this at the library I grabbed it up. I read at least the last half in one sitting, and it definitely made me ugly cry. (Which if you read the premise, it’s easy to tell what will happen there.) I love Matson’s writing.

I'll Be Yours

I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – Yes, I may have been on a little YA kick in April. (Blame “morning” sickness?) Jones’s latest release exhibits once again that she is an expert at family relations. Sure, this is a romance, but it deals even more with the main character Harper’s past, adoption, current family division, and healing. I am crazy about her books (although prefer the Katie Parker ones to the Charmed Life series), and if you like YA at all, you should grab them.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington – This coming-of-age novel is a first book for Tarkington, who grew up in Central Virginia (like yours truly!) and now teaches in a private school in Tennessee (hey, that sounds familiar). (And no, I didn’t realize those things before I read it. Strange.) The story is about Richard/Rocky and his relationship with his small town and his older brother, Paul. The characters are memorable and the story is interesting, but I felt like the climax came way too close to the end. It probably could have used another 50 pages. This isn’t my normal read, but I’m glad I read it. (I am guessing it appeals more to those who grew up in this time frame, the late 70s/early 80s.)


Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker – Amazon tells me I bought this for my Kindle in January 2015. I don’t know why I waited to read it until now except that God brought it to my attention exactly when I would need it. Hatmaker outlines what happened when God woke her up to the world’s needs and the legalism in her life, how she and her husband started a new church, and what the church’s basis is. It’s just as much a treatise about biblical Christianity and how it’s not always mirrored in our churches. Again, it was the right book at the right time for me. I finished it last night, which is technically May, but I read the bulk of it in April so I’m including it here.

So what did you read in April? Any plans for May? My classic this month is going to be Vanity Fair, so that may take me a good chunk of time. I’m also going to read The Raven King if my LIBRARY EVER GETS IT IN BECAUSE IT CAME OUT A WEEK AGO NOT THAT I AM ANXIOUS.

This will be added to Quick Lit at Modern Mrs. Darcy. 

10 thoughts on “What I Read: April 2016

  1. I’ve been trying to decide what to read for “a book you should have read in high school” for MMD’s Reading Challenge — maybe I’ll try Wuthering Heights! I love plot-driven books.

    The Jen Hatmaker book sounds really good! I love my church home, but maybe it would inspire me anyway.

    • I definitely think the Hatmaker book is a good read for anyone! Wuthering Heights is great. I really liked Rebecca as far as classics go, too.

  2. Ok, I really need to read A Man Called Ove. I started it once and just wasn’t in the mood or something, but I keep hearing how amazing it is.

  3. I love Wuthering Heights but it’s been too long since I read it; probably time for a revisit! I like Jen Hatmaker a lot; I recently read For the Love and 7 is one of my favorite books. I think I would really like 7, especially since I just moved to Austin and have been curious about her church here.

  4. I really want to read some Bronte novels soon, but am a little intimidated by the size of the books and the old style English. I think I am gonna push through, though. Would you recommend Wuthering Heights over Jane Eyre? I’ve seen the BBC and hollywood adaptions of Jane Eyre, so that may help to start with that one and once I have familiarized with a little Bronte, then head to Wuthering Heights?

    I am visiting from QuickLit. Here are my April reads: http://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2016/05/april-book-reviews.html

    • I think Wuthering Heights reads faster than Jane Eyre because it’s more plot-driven; but Jane and Rochester are more complex characters and it’s well worth the read, too.

  5. Hi! Stopping by from the MMD linkup! I LOVE Interrupted (and Jen Hatmaker in general), and I’m currently reading A Man Called Ove! 🙂

  6. I had the same experience with A Man Called Ove. It’s become one of my favorite books I’ve read in the past year! I unfortunately finished it while reading during lunch at work so I was struggling not to start sobbing at the end haha. So good!

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