What I’m Reading – My April Round-Up!

what im reading april book list and book haul and to be read pile

What I’m Reading This April

Hello you lovely lot, how’s it going? I am so pleased with my reading this year – I really think I might hit my 25 books for 2018 target. This last month I’ve read some good books, and one truly awful. My opinion though and I know plenty of people will disagree. Catch up here for January, February and March!

The more and more I read, the more I find I enjoy non-fiction, and stories based on real life events. So there we go. Let’s crack on with April’s reading!

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin

This is one of those books that is right up my street. True life account of survival and strength. The story is hard to believe really. A man survives drifting around the Pacific ocean for literally months. It is bonkers. As soon as I’d finished this book, I was on the internet reading the news coverage at the time.

If you like true-life stories then this is for you.

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea Paperback – 16 Jun 2016 by Jonathan Franklin (Author)

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

I’d heard about this book on Radio 4 months ago. It sounded interesting so I added it to my wish list. It isn’t a long book and you can get through it fairly quickly. It’s about a woman really telling the story of her life, loves and losses. It isn’t a book I’d usually pick but I really enjoyed it. A lot of reviews said they didn’t like the main character, Claudia. I really liked her though. I liked her honesty and I liked reading her thoughts on motherhood.

Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Apr 2006 by Penelope Lively

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Urgh. After reading another of Moriarty’s books and hating it, I decided to give her one last chance. And what a waste of time and effort. I hated this book as much as I hated the last one. The characters are annoying and I just didn’t care about any of them. There is this “big reveal” towards the end and, to be honest, it wasn’t all that “big” a deal really. After I’d found out what had happened, I skim read the rest of the book. I just didn’t care.

Truly Madly Guilty: From the bestselling author of Big Little Lies, now an award winning TV series Paperback – 20 Apr 2017

And now to books that I’m currently reading…

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It’s ok. A bit long winded and I much prefer Werner’s story than Marie-Laure. But we will see!

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

I love Barbara’s “The Poisonwood Bible”. It would be up there in my top ten. I decided to give this true account of Barbara relocating and learning self-sufficiency. It’s an interesting look at where our food comes from and it’s certainly made me think more about  the cr*p I eat.

A Mother’s Reckoning – Sue Klebold

The surname “Klebold” might ring a bell.



Yep, you got it. So this is an account of the Columbine massacre written by Dylan’s mother, Sue. It documents those harrowing days after the tragedy with real honesty. You just can’t imagine to be honest.

So there we go, my April round-up and book list for May. What about you? What have you enjoyed this month? Be sure to share with me here or on social: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

what im reading in april my book haul and to be read list


  1. Two I’ve read recently and enjoyed (although the ending of did you see melody seemed a bit rushed and ‘meh’)

    Did you see melody? – Sophie Hannah
    I am watching you – Teresa Driscoll

    Just started A Quiet Earth by Elizabeth Harris – good so far. It’s a now and then type story

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