Book’d Out [April 2021]

How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite? Did you participate in any reading events? Work on any of your reading challenges? Here’s a look at what we’ve read this month.

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By mid April, I expected it to be another slow reading month with not much accomplished. Then two things happened that pushed my reading along. 1. I got my second Covid vaccine shot and found myself lounging around for a day with mild body aches. 2. The day happened to be the same as Dewey’s Readathon! These two things afforded me an entire day reading in bed in which I finished 2 books and 3 short stories!

The book I had the most fun reading this month was The Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse. It’s a murder mystery set in the Alps in an old Sanatorium converted to a luxury hotel. The pace was perfect and the characters were interesting. I read this for Spring Into Horror and it was just right. 

My library hold for Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson came in this month so I rushed to read it and return it. I’d been waiting on it for a few months and there is still a long line. I didn’t want to miss my chance to read it. As expected, it was very sobering and I cried a lot while reading it. I also learned quite a bit and I took down a bunch of notes that I’d like to look into to further educate myself. 

Also Read…

  • Emma In The Night, Wendy Walker 
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson
  • Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2), Jessie Mihalik
  • Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin
  • Randomize, Andy Weir
  • You Have Arrived At Your Destination, Amor Towles
  • Deathless Divide, Justina Ireland (in progress- hope to finish by the end of the month)


April … I’ll freely admit, I’m having trouble balancing cycling, running, reading, blogging, work, keeping house and family time – so blogging took a big hit and so did reading. I did manage to finish 5 books including 2 novellas from the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire – #4 and #6 – In an Absent Dream and Across the Green Grass Fields which was released earlier this year. I’ve really enjoyed the entire series – but my favorite was book #2 – Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which I read in February.

across green grass field

The book I loved the most was this month was Later, Stephen King. It’s more of a thriller with a sprinkling of the supernatural in the style of King. It’s about Jamie Conklin who just wants an ordinary childhood … but Jamie is no ordinary child. Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn from the dead. It’s a short novel and pretty much like candy in that you’ll eat it up, get your fill … and be left wanting more. King is incredible at portraying characters – the details and their vices as well as making them memorable – and he does so here (and with primary and secondary characters to boot). He’s also phenomenal at story telling and the flow of a story.

later stephen king

Also read …

  • Red Widow, Alma Katsu
  • Number One Chinese Restaurant, Lillian Li

What was your favorite book read this month?


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