Month in Books: April 2014

Here’s my wrap-up for April!

The Giver – Lois Lowry – 3 stars This Dystopian (soon to be made into a film!) is short, but no less powerful. The writer explores the power of memories, and the importance of the individual’s choice. It’s a fascinating read!

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells – 2 stars While this took me a very long time to get through, I can appreciate that this sci-fi story of alien invasion is pretty hard-core.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 5 stars This is such a cute book! Our protagonist, despite finding social situations a little difficult, decides that he wants to be married, and draws up a survey in order to find a compatible match. Humourous and touching, this little ‘rom-com’ is a great read.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams – 4 stars I reviewed this here! A funny and quirky sci-fi story.

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult – 4 stars This novel depicts the unfolding of an investigation of a school shooting. It’s moving and gritty, and don’t be put off by how long it looks! You’ll fly through it.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker – 3 stars A bildungsroman set during the apocalypse…that I wouldn’t recommend to lovers of apocalyptic literature. Its gentle pace and carefully drawn up characters made it a lovely read – just not what I was expecting!

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5 stars This was my Book of the Month! This thriller is also being made into a film. Follow the story of Nick and Amy, and try to unravel the truth of the murder/framing/escape/suicide. ‘Try’ being the operative word.

A Room with a View – E. M. Forster – 5 stars This is such a lovely book! Follow a very quaint English group as they explore Florence, and have their lives changed completely by the people they meet there.

If you’ve read, or have been inspired to read any of the books in this list, do let me know!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

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