April Wrap Up

Hello Fellow Reader!

I decided to change the format of the review to make it more readable and you will also know if you should pick up a copy of the book. I also grouped my reads by the their ratings, beginning with the 5 stars and ending with the one stars.

5-Stars

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Read if:
– You love a story that follows one character from early childhood to old age.
– You love books that are set in Ireland.
– You are not afraid of a big book that packs a huge punch!
– You want to meet memorable characters that you will never forget.
– You are in the mood to laugh out loud, cry, cringe and be taken on the best literary journey ever.
This is a MUST read for me.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Read if:
– You are in the mood for something heart-warming.
– You are looking to renew your faith in humanity.
– You want to be reminded how easy it is to be kind and loving.
– You are in the mood for simple but impactful story.

4 Stars

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
Read if:
– You are in the mood for a fresh literary voice.
– You are looking for a great collection of short stories that features mermaids, dating, sci-fi… the works
– You loved the Black Mirror TV series on Netflix

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul
Read if:
– You are from Caribbean or know someone from Trinidad & Tobago, or if you are planning a trip to T&T
– You love a great collection of short stories
– You grew up in the Caribbean and read this book for literature classes- it is a great re-read as an adult
– You are looking for insights into Caribbean life

Krik? Krak! By Edwidge Danticat
Read If:
– You like a great collection of short stories
– You are fascinated with Haiti/Haitian culture
– You love stories with strong portrayal of females
– You love stories about the Caribbean

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Read if:
– You loved “The Brief Wondrous Life” of Oscar Wao
– You’ve just gone through a break-up
– You don’t want to lose her
– You like books that reference Dominica
– You like a really flawed protagonist that can never seem to get his/her shit together

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Read if:
– You are fascinated with Dominica and you would love some historical background on the country
– You have never heard of Rafeal Trujillo
– You love being in love
– You want to see what a Pulitzer prize book is about

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Read if:
– You want to experience something more
– You have always wondered what your purpose in life is
– You want a fresh start

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Read if:
– You are looking for a scary read
– You love a good ghost and mystery story
– You like book that goes between the past and present
– You like books about boarding school

3 Stars

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Read if:
– You are a fan of Hosseini’s work
– You want a novel that is rich with history and culture

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Read if:
– You are a big fan of Gabrielle’s Union
– You are looking for an honest look into a celebrity’s life
– You are want a book that pairs well with wine

The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Quest by Aminatta Forna
Read if:
– You are looking for an intimate look into Sierra Leone’s political history
– You want to get familiar with Mohamed Forna’s story
– You want to read a strong autobiography

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Read if:
– You are homesick
– You immigrated to another country and want to read of another’s experience
– You are from the Caribbean and moved to the US
– You want to read about a strong female protagonist

The New Jim Crows: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Read if:
– You wanna be “woke”
– You want an in-depth look into the prison system and why the “war on drugs” is really the new Jim Crow

The Winner Within: Lessons From Sports About Accomplishing Anything by Tanya Lee
Read if:
– You need a kick in the ass to get to you started on your goals
– You love a great sports reference
– You need advice on how to navigate certain areas of your life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Read if:
– You are a fan of Mindy Kaling, you will love this collection
– You want a collection of stories that are laugh out loud funny and super relatable

John Crow’s Devil by Marlon James
Read if:
– You are a fan of Marlon James’ writing
– You love a story set in the small village in Jamaica
– You are looking for an interesting take on religion

2 Star

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
Read if:
– You believe in the hype.

 

There you have it, my April wrap-up. I hope you’ve read something from my list or you’ve added something from my list to your list.

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