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The Books I Read In April


After a strong January and February and a weak March in terms of reading, I started to pick up the pace again in April. Once I start a book, no matter how far into it I am, I feel obligated to keep reading it, especially if I've paid for it. But I've been slow to realize that when I am not enjoying a book, it takes me forever to read it because I don't make reading a priority. It's more of a chore when I'm not loving, or even liking, the book I'm reading. So, moving forward, I've decided to abandon books when I am not feeling it. Maybe I'll go back to them at another time, but if, after a few chapters, I can tell that I'm not entertained, the book will be shelved.

Here are the books that I read in April and the one that gave me pause to start shelving those that don't hold my interest.




Murder in Cannes by Susan Kiernan-Lewis             2.5/5 stars
This was a book that I downloaded via BookBub and sounded good at the time. Little did I know that it is part of a series (you don't need to read the previous books to read this one), and I'm not the biggest fan of series books. But I gave this a try. Obviously it's about a murder and an amateur sleuth who tries to solve it. Parts of this book were enjoyable and others just seemed to drag on. It wasn't the worst book, but I don't think I'll be picking up anymore books in this series. That being said, I know a lot of people who thoroughly enjoy these murder/mystery series books and love to read them.


Tangerine by Christine Mangan             4.5/5 stars
This book was a good one, and not what I had initially expected when I read the back cover. It turned out to be a cross between something like Single White Female and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Former friends Alice and Lucy haven't seen in each in years, since an accident drove them apart while they were both studying at Bennington College. Years later, Lucy shows up on Alice's doorstep in Tangier, Morocco of all places. How did Lucy know Alice's whereabouts? What is Lucy doing there? You need to read this one to find out!


On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah          5/5 stars
It's hard to find a Kristin Hannah book that doesn't draw you in immediately and keep you there until the end. On Mystic Lake was no exception. When Annie's husband tells her he's in love with someone else as they are returning from driving their only child to the airport to study in London, Annie feels as if her world has fallen apart. To get herself together and away from her current situation, Annie returns to her hometown, Mystic, in Washington state where her father still lives. It is there that Annie is reunited with her first love Nick, a widower, and Nick's daughter Izzy who is still grieving the loss of her mother. Annie and Izzy form a bond, and Annie feels like she's been given a second chance at life. Hannah's characters are always unforgettable in only the good ways, and Annie certainly lives up to that.

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