What I Read in April 2023

I originally wrote this post as ‘what I read in March’ as my brain can’t comprehend that this sort of dreary, wash-out of a month has been April? That tomorrow is May, true spring territory, and I haven’t even worn sandals or enjoyed any alfresco reading yet? Luckily, there were some great books to keep my spirits up in April, shall we take a look…

My April Book Reviews:

(Click on book title for my full review.)

/ The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths 

/ Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle

/ Rosewater by Liv Little

/ Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater

/ The Hike by Lucy Clarke

I’ve got into audiobooks again, even putting them on when I’m in the house getting ready or cleaning, so averaging around one a month. For April it was The Vanishing Box, book four in the Brighton Mysteries series. These are my absolute comfort reads – retro cosy crim featuring a police detective and his best friend, a magician.

I was drawn to Life Without Children as it’s a set of short stories based around the first lockdown in 2020. I had Covid again in early April, so (maybe morbidly?) I felt these were the ideal things to read. I have to say, they were great. Roddy Doyle is fantastic at capturing nuanced feelings and the sense of history and nostalgia, even now, reading these was fitting as I lay in my sick bed. It’s an excellent book for non-sick bed reading too!

Death of a Bookseller, The Hike and Rosewater are all new April releases. The first two are psychological thrillers – one set in a bookshop and one on a mountainous walking holiday. I’ll let you work out which is which… both high octane and great page-turners for your summer TBR. Rosewater is both a coming-of-age story and modern romance. Set in London, it’s raw and tender, really enjoyed it.

Until next month, happy reading!

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