April 2021 Book Recommendations: What to Read & What to Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for my April 2021 book recommendations! I have FOUR 5 star books to share with you!! This reading year it shaping up to be a great one!
In my list of April 2021 book recommendations, I include everything I’ve read recently no matter what. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.
As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my April 2021 book recommendations.
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April 2021 Book Recommendations
Nothing To See Here
by Kevin Wilson
A backlist book that turned into one of my favorite reads of the year! When this came out in 2019, everyone said it was an incredible book but couldn’t really describe what it was about. I’m about to join that group since the summary is: This is a book about kids who catch on fire and the young woman who’s hired to take care of them…
I know that’s not an adequate call-to-action, but just trust me and go read this book!! It’s less than 300 pages so it’s a quick read and will utterly move you.
The Ex Talk
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
This book showed up all over bookstagram in the beginning of 2021, so I had high expectations going in. Well, it easily lived up to them!! Get a peek behind the scenes in public radio in this spicy romantic comedy.
Shay cannot stand newcomer Dominic, but she’s willing to put up with him to make her radio dreams come true. The only catch, this new show she pitched will require her and Dominic to pretend they’re exes. As their show takes off, Shay also realizes her fake relationship with Dominic may turn into something real.
This contemporary romance novel is FULL of terrific banter and spicy moments. I adored the connection between Dominic and Shay. A delight to read!
Mother May I
by Joshilyn Jackson
A stolen baby, life altering choices, brutal secrets from the past. All of these suddenly invade Bree’s little world on an unassuming day when she discovers her infant son is gone from her side. A note in his place leads her down a path where she’d do anything to save her son’s life.
Joshilyn does an incredible job writing a captivating story without making the reader feel the need to read through it at a breakneck speed. She builds tension so well while still maintaining a steady pace that ensures you read every single word.
Much of the novel takes place from Bree’s point of view, so we become intimately familiar with her thoughts and how every step affects her. As a mom, I could deeply understand the emotions and fierceness that took over in her impossible situation.
I loved every bit of this story and know it will be one that sticks with me for a long time.
The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah
Take a harrowing trip back to the Dust Bowl in one of the most anticipated historical fiction novels of 2021. During The Great Depression, dust storms and droughts relentlessly ravaged farms and often left families with no choice but abandoning their land.
Elsa and her children are one of the countless migrant workers looking for work and a new life in California. The promised land is nothing like they hoped, though. Faced with blatant discrimination, floods, back breaking work, and dropping wages, Elsa searches for any option that will save her family.
I’m struggling a bit with my review of this one because it is undoubtedly a compelling read, but honestly the end left a little to be desired. This first three quarters of this book are where Kristin Hannah shines – describing the struggles of Elsa in Oklahoma and then California. It then felt a bit like Hannah was trying to fit some of today’s political issues into her narrative. Overall though this absolutely worth reading!
Save For Later!
eBooks (reading from Netgalley / Library):
People We Meet On Vacation
by Emily Henry
People We Meet On Vacation is an incredible love story about two friends learning to find what matters most in their lives. Best friends Poppy and Alex were polar opposites when they first met in college. However, a forced road trip to their shared hometown led them into a decades long friendship. Every year since college, they took one summer trip together. Until it all came crashing down two years ago.
The story of Alex and Poppy’s friendship is told both through their current summer trip and all their previous vacations. I adored the tension of current day and discovering their history at the same time. Although these friends had little in common, they truly brought out the best in each other and as a reader I could easily feel their connection.
The friends to lovers trope is easily one of my favorites and this whole relationship did not disappoint. They truly learned from each other and grew together as they realized what they wanted. I appreciated how real the ending felt, rather than a rushed, lucky happenstance or sudden burst of intense communication that fixes everything!
A Special Place For Women
by Laura Hankin
At the end of her rope, Jillian attempts a last-ditch effort to save her career by pursuing an impossible story – trying to find out if this secret society took down one of the most promising politicians NY has seen in years. There are whispers of their influence, sky-high dues, and even witchcraft.
As she becomes embroiled in their society though, she starts to wonder if this is the place she actually belongs? Is it truly just a sisterhood of women looking out for each other?
I admittedly had very high hopes for this novel about a journalist infiltrating a secret society of high power women in NYC. I adored Hankin’s previous novel, Happy and You Know It, so I might have set my expectations a bit too high. Overall this was a solid read and I picked it up often to find out what would happen. However, the ultimate wrap up just left me wanting more?
Reading Tracker Analysis (January 2021 – Present)
Since I created my reading tracker (available here for only $5!!), I love having the ability to analyze my reading throughout the year!
One of the graphs shows how much I’m reading physical books vs eBooks. Usually I find the split between the two options fairly even, but this year it’s leaning heavily toward physical books! I’ve been stopping by the library more often and getting to a few backlist titles that are on my shelves.
If you’d like to track and analyze your reading, check out my Reading Tracker!
What was the best book you read recently?
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in March 2021!