April was a slow month for me. I was (still am) in a bit of a reading slump so I took my own advice and tossed aside anything that didn’t interest me after two chapters. Perhaps I’ll get back to them in another time. I read 6 books this month and managed to stick with personal monthly reading goals (1 Non-Fiction ✓, 1 Book From TBR ✓, 2 Books By Authors of Colour ✓)
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is one of those books that if you mange to get past the first page you’ll love. I must have started it a 100 times before actually reading it. The story of Ari and Dante discovering the secrets of the universe over the course of two years is beautiful. There’s something too similar in most of the books published lately that you don’t find in this book and that’s why I fell in love with the simple lyrical writing, with Dante’s softness and their families. This book was beautiful.
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish’s book sounds exactly as she does. Her personality really shone through which is something most celebrity biographies fail to do. She’s very candid about her life experiences, both the bad and the good. She shares some really interesting stories about her life and making it as a comedienne. I find it difficult to rate biographies because they’re so personal and you’re essentially rating someone’s life experiences.
Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan
Cam’s starting his college life hoping he can begin on a clean slate and have all the romantic experiences he missed out on in high school as a closeted gay boy. Unfortunately it seems no one shares his Disney-coloured version of dating. He falls in love with his cynical roommate. There was a weird subplot about a professor that I felt didn’t really tie in with the rest of the story or make any sense.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
This book started out a bit slow but turned really interesting and dark then fluctuated into page after page of unintelligible drudgery. The main character’s family believes there is a curse that was passed on to them from generation to generation which makes them very paranoid leading to having extreme phobias and mental health issues. The main character’s childhood friend convinces her to do everything on her list of worst nightmares in order to draw Death out and convince him to lift the curse. It was all fun and games until the mc’s brother attempted suicide and saved by their father who had resolved to never leave the basement even though his family was crumbling on the main floor.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll give you the sun is a story of grief, returning to yourself and the unknown connections we have with strangers. This book was so well written I wanted to eat the words. The writing, the portrayal of the relationship between the twins Noah and Jude, the two different sides of how they grew apart and finding their way back to each other. Both are artists and with the combined loss of their mother and jealousy over their artistic abilities the rift between the two grows wider.
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Bisexual rep, genderqueer rep and Hispanic-American rep. Vanni is all set to escape her small town but is held back by wanting to spend time with her dad before Huntington’s Disease takes over. She meets Leigh and starts questioning her sexual identity. I loved this book. I loved that it wasn’t a sad gays book, we need more of those.
Books I Didn’t Finish:
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Spindle Fire by Lexi Hillyer
Yesterday I Was The Moon – a poetry collection by Noor Unnahar
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
What was April like for you? Read any good books you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to my TBR shelf.