The Book Corner: Fi’s April Reading Recap

Happy 1st May! And hooray for a day off – I do love all of these bank holidays we’ve had recently. They’re the best! I hope you’ve had a fun extra day off? Mine’s been spent brunching – yeah for avocados, packing for this weekend’s Salzburg trip and doing all the jobs. So chilled but fun! Anyway, as it’s May we’re due another reading update, so let’s dive on in to my April reading recap.

April reading recap #1 – If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

So book one in the reading recap is this brilliant YA novel about a girl who starts at a new school and has to deal with new friends, a cute boy and family issues. Oh and the fact that she was born a boy and the worry that her secret will come out. This is a great book, which explores an important subject in a really honest and brave way. You can’t help but root for Amanda and hope that everyone accepts who she really is. Definitely a must-read for everyone.

April reading recap #2 – Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Honestly, I didn’t love this book, which really surprised me as I’ve heard a lot of buzz about it over the last year. I can’t quite pinpoint why as there was nothing wrong with it – it was well written, pacey and full of intrigue. I just found I didn’t really care about the characters. Basically I expected too much of this book and it just didn’t live up to them.

April reading recap #3 – Natural Causes by James Oswald

This book was so good and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I thought the main character, Inspector Mclean, was well written and yet there is still to be uncovered about him in future books. As for the cases he was investigating, there was just enough information for you to be pulled in and intrigued but not enough that solving the case was simple. Definitely the start of a brilliant new detective series.

April reading recap #4 – Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones has been on my to-read pile for ages, since last July and the cover unveiling at YALC to be exact. It just sounded like my ideal book – a girl goes through a family crises and deals with it by learning to run and falling in love. I’ve been holding off reading it until I could savour it and I was not disappointed. It was beautifully written and full of characters that I grew to adore. It’s really wonderful and uplifting even though it deals with stressful situations.

April reading recap #5 – The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

I tried to read this book years ago and just couldn’t get into it. Thankfully I gave it another go and this time I loved it. It follows one couple through three different versions of their love story, looking at how things would have changed had they made different decisions when their paths first crossed. I was worried things would get confusing with three different narratives, but it didn’t. The story was really interesting, particularly seeing what happened in all three versions of their story. It’s been described as similar to One Day and while it’s not as good as that book, it’s still a brilliant novel and well worth a read.

April reading recap #6 – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Number six on my April reading recap list was my favourite read of the month. This book is by a neurosurgeon who discovered he had inoperable cancer just as he was about to finish his training. It looks at the switch from treating patients to becoming a patient himself. And how you deal with knowing that you’ve only got years or months to live and what you should do with that time. While it should be a super-depressing read, it’s actually incredibly life-affirming. It’s beautifully written and should be read by everyone. It’s simply excellent.

So there we go, that’s my April reading recap. Which of my six reads are you most intrigued by and have you read any of them yet?

-Fi x