Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April TBR Wrap-Up

Hello, everyone.  Now that we are well into May, I thought I would wrap up my April TBR. 

My goal for April was to read at least five books to help me get back on track with my Good Reads Fifty Book Challenge.  Those books were:

Of these five, I managed to read three and an additional book, I bought on Amazon on recommendation from my librarian mom.  Here is what I finished and my thoughts on each book:

(1) A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines-- This book, which was later turned into the cult film classic Kes, was probably one of the more depressing books I have read in years . . . and I read a lot of Russian and German literature.  The book takes place in a Yorkshire mining town in the 1960s.  Billy, a young boy about to leave school, hopes to escape the mines and the horrors of his day-to-day life by training a young kestrel hawk.  It doesn't end will.  I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you are not up to date on your meds.

(2) Elanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell-- Okay, I really loved this one . . . even though I was as emotionally confused as a fifteen year old.  This was the first (and better) of the two YA novels Rowell released last year and tells the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers who try to overcome painfully difficult social and familial circumstances in order to make their unlikely relationship work.  I was trying during the entire last 1/3 of the novel and I am not entirely certain if the book had an optimistic or depressing ending.  So.  Many.  Feels.  

(3) Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust-- This was a bonus (Jonas!) book for April and was an impulse buy enabled by my mother.
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is a graphic novel about the author's experiences as a teenage punk traveling through Italy illegally during the early 1980s.  At times the book is darkly funny, at others it is depressing and downright disturbing.  The book isn't for the faint of heart.  Trigger Warning: the book also deals with themes of drug abuse, rape, and teenage runaways.  

(4) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green-- Yup, I finally read the most buzzed about YA book of the decade.  True to form, I loved book and will be among the first to queue up to see the film adaptation this summer.  For those of you who are not familiar, the story is about two teenagers who meet at a support group for kids with cancer and fall in love.  This one has feels too, but the feels aren't quite as conflicted as they are for Eleanor and Park.

In case you are interested, the books I read to THE FOOSA (my pug) for bedtime stories were:

(1) The Dumb Bunnies by Dave Pilky-- THE FOOSA liked this one.
(2) If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff-- THE FOOSA was indifferent to this one.
(3) Hop on Pop! by Dr. Seuss-- THE FOOSA enjoyed the musicality of  this one.
(4) Mr. Brown and Can Moo!  Can You? by Dr. Seuss-- Again, THE FOOSA liked the musical quality of the language.
(5) If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff-- THE FOOSA could care less about this one.  She doesn't like mice or popcorn.

What did you read in April?  Have you made up a May TBR yet?


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