Emily’s April Reads

It’s time for another reading report! Here are the books Emily was able to read this month. She loved most, but there was one that she couldn’t get into. Can you guess which one it was?

If you didn’t already know, Emily loves reading books. So I am going to turn the keyboard over to her and let her share her thoughts on these books and if you have a favorite, let us know. Take it away Emily!

“The It Girl” by Ruth Ware

This book was a recommendation from a friend and I loved it! I will definitely be reading more of her books! It is said to be “The Agatha Christie of our generation” and I have to agree, it was wonderful! The story of two college roommates who come from very different lives. They create a wonderful friendship but something happens that will haunt them for years. Find out what and join in the adventure of solving the mystery!

“Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice” by Elle Cosimano

If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for! When a housewife, writer gets caught in a sticky situation, she begins to do unexpected things, like working with a Mob boss. It is funny, with surprising outcomes and full of laughs. This is the 4th book of the series and will make you want to read them all!

“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride

This was the book I really couldn’t get into. In fact, when I finished it I was shocked because I honestly didn’t feel like there was a resolution. I thought I missed something. I did listen to it on a flight and fell asleep possibly but even went back and relistened to several of the chapters and still couldn’t make a real connection. Maybe I need to give it another chance but I nearly died when I saw all of the acclaims for the book.

THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

FROM ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2024

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR/FRESH AIRWASHINGTON POSTTHE NEW YORKER, AND TIME MAGAZINE

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023

“The House of Eve” by Sadeqa Johnson

A beautiful historical fiction book written to show the struggles and triumphs of being an African American woman in the 1950’s. It shares the heartbreaking realities of racism, motherhood, infertility and the beautiful connection of characters. When Ruby gets pregnant by her teenage boyfriend his mother sends her to a home. In the home she awaits the birth of her baby that she will secretly give to another family struggling with infertility. It is a beautiful read and will leave your heart full of love for Ruby and Eleanor.

“Funny Story” by Emily Henry

I think that this is my favorite read for the month! I love Emily Henry’s books and this is top on my list. Daphne, a lover of books, finds herself engaged to Peter until she isn’t. Find out how she overcomes the breakup and who the unlikely friend that she develops after it. I love watching her discover what a good relationship can be and how the littlest things make her happy when noticed by someone who cares.

“Check and Mate” by Ali Hazelwood

This was one of my puzzle books. I love to pull out a puzzle and get lost in a book! This one took a minute to get into but once the story was set up, I was hooked! Mallory grew up loving chess and she was good at it! Then somethings big happened in her life and she just stopped. Watch what happens when destiny takes the lead. Mallory is given the opportunity of a lifetime to learn and play chess for a job, will she return to the sport she loves or will her grief get in the way?

“The Things we Leave Unfinished” by Rebecca Yarros

This book is free on Audible. When Georgia Stanton returns home after a divorce she bumps into a handsome man in a bookstore leaving both of them thinking about each other. Little does she know this man will become a big part of her life. This books weaves back and forth through the love story of Georgia’s grandparents and the development of her own. It is a story full of love, trust and doing the hard but right thing.

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