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April was a month full of a lot of weird changes. A new work schedule (yay for sleeping in, boo for working the weekends), a trip home to visit my parents, my second Covid Shot, and a terrible allergies/cold combo to finish the month out. I’ll admit, I don’t handle changes that well. I crave some kind of routine, and sometimes, my love for reading is the only routine I can control.
I’d say for the first half of the month, I did pretty well. I ended up reading about 3.5 books (the half was a roll over from March) and two of them I read in four days (each).
1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I wrote about this in my march recap, as I had finished it up on April 4th before I wrote the post. It had some great twists and the person who died was the one that made the most sense for the story. You can view my other thoughts here.
2. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
Attempted murder and instagram moms! I admit, when I first started it that I was a little weary about mommy bloggers. I’m not a mom and that’s just not my scene, so I wasn’t sure how that would influence the book for me. The kids were part of the story, but not to the point where it felt like the book was all about them. The book tells the story about an Instagrammer trying to run her business, her struggling marriage, and then someone starts threatening her. The book is written by a married couple and they use that to their advantage in the split POV, but the book also has a third POV of the person who wants to her the mom (I believe her name was Emmy).
The weaving of the couple and this third person was definitely a highlight of the book, building up the backstory on why Emmy was targeted. I had several moments where I sat and went “oh, shit!” It was a fun read, very twisty.
3. The Bounty by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton
After this, I went home to visit my parents and read a book I knew I would power through quickly so I could leave it with my mom after. The Bounty is the seventh book by Janet Evanovich in her Fox and O’Hare series. This series is fun and a little sexy, but as someone who likes a healthy romantic side in her mysteries, I wish there was more of the flirting in these books too. It’s been seven books, no need for them to be shy anymore!
The mysteries involved with this series are always been a little out there and this time it involved a rumor treasure left over from the Nazis. Like most of her books, Evanovich got a few snorts out of me.
4. The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
After I finished this one, I started a book in a new series: The Windsor Knot. This series features a 90 year-old Elizabeth II solving murder mysteries! It’s such a cool concept but I struggled with this book. I don’t know if it was because I started it right around the time Philip died and it was hard to read him on the page knowing Elizabeth no longer has him, whether it was the changes in my schedule, lack of sleep, or whether being sick at the end of the month was the final straw, but it took me two and a half weeks to read this book.
This is supposed to be part of a new series and right now, I can’t tell you whether I’ll get the second one when it comes out or not.
With a vacation coming up at the end of May, I’m hoping to get some serious reading done this month, starting with a book I know I’ll speed through: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena.
What will you be reading this month?