It’s been a super duper long time since I’ve posted on this blog page, but I thought this would be the perfect place to share what I’ve been reading in April! I’ve worked my way through quite a few books since Jan. 1 of this year, with little rhyme or reason to my selections. I love to read, I love to share books, I love to talk about books, and doggone it….I get to work among stacks of books every day at the library. I’m one lucky bookworm!
So here’s what was on my nightstand in April:
I know….it’s kind of an eclectic stack….but that’s how I roll with my book selections. I go from fiction to non-fiction, mystery to history. What can I say……I like to keep myself on my toes when it comes to reading. Anyhoo……
The Great Alone……loved all the description of the Alaskan wilderness. It played to my “I gotta get away from people and be out in the great wide open” stream of thought for sure. It was well written, but I think I might have liked her other book The Nightingale just a little more. I found The Great Alone to be full of very dysfunctional families/characters and overall it was kind of depressing how it all played out. I recommend it if you like Alaska, or stories about people who somehow make it out of a bad situation, albeit a little scarred by the experience.
Everything I Never Told You……I read this right on the heels of reading her other book Little Fires Everywhere. I found both of them extremely well written. I love Celeste Ng’s style of writing. It, too, is a story that contains sadness and dysfunction. I’d recommend it for sure, but be sure you are in the right frame of mind. It’s not a light and airy story full of fun and laughs. It’s about brokenness and loss. I read it in a day…..a lovely Sunday full of free time to read.
In the Garden of Beasts……I really liked this book! I tried to read Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City and had a really hard time with it. So much so, that I just had to stop. Put the dang thing down. I didn’t like all the detail with the lead up to the World’s Fair and was REALLY creeped out by the killer guy building his hotel of torture and death. So……I wasn’t sure if I’d like In the Garden of Beasts. But it was totally different. It is a nonfiction selection that follows the US Amabassador to Germany, William Dodd and his family as they are sent to Berlin in 1933. Adolf Hitler is Chancellor and the Nazi movement is gaining ground. The Dodd family comes to Berlin as the Nazis are coming into their own and making inroads, and yet the German people and many governments, including the US, have yet to really see the ugly and evil movement for what it is and the dark clouds of war that are on the horizon. Everyone is just partying and not realizing what is happening. How could the German people not see what was happening in their own country? Larson keeps the chapters short, which I appreciated. It helped me keep all the names of people and events at a level where I could keep track of what was happening. For me it was a fascinating read. It comes at this period of world history from a slightly different angle. The story helped me understand America’s involvement and the players in Europe as well, in the years leading up to Hitler’s takeover of Germany and his maniacal and evil vision for Germany and his power over others. I definitely recommend this book if you like history, anything about World War II or have read other books by Erik Larson.
So there’s my April in a nutshell……I just put a bunch of books on hold at the library today. It’s another random bunch of books! I’ll let you know in 4 weeks what made it to my nightstand for May!