April was a bad reading month for me, I only managed two. I think I just got into a bit of a slump, but funnily enough the two books I did read got through in just a couple of days! To find out a little more about the plot summaries you can check out my April Book Haul, but to hear what I thought about the books keep on reading.
First was The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This was the latest read in our book club at work. While this wasn’t the book that I originally voted for, I really enjoyed it. Although it dealt with some dark and tense situations, The Color Purple was extremely thought provoking and it definitely raised a few emotions. I liked that it was written in a series of letters, which meant for quick reading but it also made it different to anything I’d read before. The writing of the protagonist, Celie, was a little difficult to read at first due to the fact she uses no punctuation and her grammar is poor, but this just emphasises that she has missed out on so much due to the way that she was raised and treated, especially when compared with her peers. 3.5/5 stars
The second book I read in April was Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. I’d heard a lot about this book, from friends and fellow bloggers, but it sat untouched on my shelf for months. I was just browsing my bookcase for something to read and came across it again and picked it up straight away. I whizzed right through this book in a matter of days. The mystery was gripping and I was trying to figure it out constantly. Though the ending did get more predictable the closer to it you got, it was still really interesting. I also felt that as the book was written by the point of view of Maud, who we assume has dementia or Alzheimers though that isn’t specified, it was very strong and emotional. I felt Maud’s frustration as she constantly forgot and remembered things, and also the helplessness of Maud’s daughter who takes care of her. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while and would definitely recommend you give it a read. 4/5 stars
So that was a short and sweet wrap up for a change, wasn’t it? Keep an eye out for my May TBR which will be up soon; I’ve already finished one of the books! Don’t forget to add me on Goodreads either to keep up with what I’m reading.
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