April Reading Recap

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So I pondered how exactly I wanted to do this and I think all I’m going to say to start off is that I almost always go into reading my books blind. I don’t read reviews or synopses on them, or even read the back of the book. I quite literally judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge me, I like surprises.

The first book I completed this month was The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. I’m sure there are lots of people who insist upon reading the book before watching the movie, but I’m not sure if there’s anyone else that takes as long to get around to it as I do sometimes.

So, I am obsessed with history and find all of the symbols and ways that Dan Brown interconnects things incredibly interesting. I love Leonardo DaVinci. I also love the pacing of the writing as it feels like a mad dash to the finish line so it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was another fun adventure with Robert Langdon, whom I now will forever picture as Tom Hanks since watching Angels and Demons. Some people seem to think that I’m not a fan of Tom Hanks since I recently blasphemed against Sleepless in Seattle (so sue me, I’m not a sappy romance girl, but I will get all sappy over a book I love, as you can see by how many times I use the word love in this paragraph). Speaking of blaspheming, I know a lot of people find issue with this book and while I can understand this, I enjoyed it for the awesomely entertaining piece of fiction that it is. Also, I find Mr. Hanks to also be awesome, so let that be cleared up. Tom Hanks is perfect to cast the adventuring symbologist and can’t wait to watch the movie. I love Tom Hanks! And this book! I’m really looking forward to the next two books in Dan Brown’s series on him!

Next up, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I had seen this books series everywhere, mostly on Instagram and decided I just had to read it. While overall I did find it to be an enjoyable book, I think all of the hype made me expect a little more. My slight disappointment may also be due to the fact that I read a book right before that was much more complex with its historical background (and I am a history geek), which made the subtle references to the history of the Welsh King by the Raven boys fall a bit flat for me. I realize that this is a YA novel so it’s depth is not going to match that of an adult novel. That concession, along with the supernatural and mystical plot twists made me want more once the book ended. So I definitely will be continuing to read the series, perhaps they get a bit more involved as they go along.

 (Disclaimer: The next review may have spoilers! Nothing detailed I promise but it’s really hard not to give stuff away with this book even by hinting at things!)

Finally, I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. As mentioned earlier, I am not a romance book girl. Sure, if the swashbuckling pirate falls for the governor’s daughter while they are saving the world then I’m rooting for them and rather upset if they don’t end up together. But if the entire storyline is about two people falling in love, I usually either want to fall asleep or hurl. One of my best friends read this book and insisted that I read it too. In spite of my extreme doubts and again, knowing nothing about the book other than the fact that it was a romance, I decided to give it a go. And wow, it was good. So very depressing, but oh so good. I think part of me liked it so much because it was not even close to a traditional romance story. While it was pretty predictable from the very beginning, you still wanted to read about these people and invest in them. (Shoot, I probably gave away something there, sorry.) The reasons being one, they were British and said things like “bugger” a lot, which was fun. And two, they all had legitimate personalities, with lots of flaws and awesome things that make you actually like them! What a concept! I’m not going to say anymore or I will surely ruin it for you.

To recap everything, I recommend all three of these books for completely different reasons. The first, because history and fiction together are a match made in heaven (and because you should picture Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon). The second, because it’s just intriguing enough that I really need to know what happens next (and I’m a little in love with Ronan). Third book, because its satisfyingly heartbreaking (which I didn’t really know was a thing until I read it).

Hope I gave just enough insight to these books to intrigue you without ruining your life in telling you too much about it or by putting you to sleep.

What did you read last month? Anything I need to get my hands on?

Good luck with your May reads! May (haha, see what I did there?) they reach into your soul and teach you amazing things and never put you to sleep (except maybe from sheer exhaustion at their awesomeness)!