April 2023 – Book ListOn May 2, 2023 by Pam
April was a great month for books – 16 in total – I will list them in order of preference….although, I really had a good month because I really enjoyed all of them.
The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
I love all of his books – he is not for everyone but, this book explores the question of what would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? He writes novels of hope and faith and I am happy to read about both of these.
Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer
What can I say? He is amazing and this is his memoir. I chose to listen to this because he reads it himself.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
I love reading books about different cultures and this one is a little glimpse into the lives of a family remote mountain village, the Akha people are tea people and Li-yan story is one of a desperate search.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan
This starts with a suicide in a book store and then twists around to solve a murder mystery decades old.
His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
Another story that brings cultural perspective, Afi is a young seamstress in Ghana who becomes embroiled in an arranged marriage that will change her life forever.
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo
This is truly a story of resilience and persistence as well as understanding of what happens to families who immigrate from war-torn countries – and the importance of honesty and vulnerability.
The Twist of the Knife by Anthony Horowitz
Arrested on a murder charge, a play opening in London’s Vaudeville Theatre…a setting for a mystery.
All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac
The impact of colonialism on a young Indigenous boy’s life – despite the love of his family, he experiences guilt, grief, and despair on the backs of those who oppress him.
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
This is just a fun story about life among New York’s one-percenters.
Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster
Can you really go back in time and change your past?
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
This author is always up for a great mystery and she doesn’t disappoint with this one.
The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley
What happens when someone drops their personal moral code and risks their career for a dooms-day prepping boyfriend?
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When The Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, et al.
A side note to the uncomfortable conversations that are necessary to move individuals and companies and groups forward….interesting ideas and practical strategies.
Conviction by Denise Mina
This is a true crime thriller – with a podcast and a collision of past with present.
Really Good, Actually by Monica Helsey
This book drove me crazy at times but, it helped me understand, a bit better, the 20-something culture of today.
The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and Turmoil by Tina Brown
Is it truth? Who knows? Is it fun to read? For me, yes!