the best books I read this month – april 2018

Another month gone and it was a busy one. Between finishing up my graduate degree, packing up my life, and moving back across the country there has been a lot going on. Despite all this I was able to read some great books that I think all of you should check out as well. Let me know what you have been reading lately and what I need to check out in May.

  1. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

35750311Publish Date: May 1, 2018

This book was such a page-turner for me and it truly kept me captivated the entire time that I was reading it. The book tells the story of Tiffany Sly as she moves from Chicago to LA to live with the father she only just recently learned about. Here she encounters a very different family than what she was used to (including 4 new sisters), a new school, and the question if this man is really her father. I just wanted to know what was happening and what was going to happen in the book. This book tackled a lot of issues including race and mental health and was both relatable and interesting.

  1. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney34275231
    Oh my goodness, this book was an emotional ride, that I struggled to put down. A woman finds herself in a hospital room, in a coma, but she knows what is going on around her. The problem is she doesn’t know how she got there or if her husband was involved. Going back and forth between a week before the hospital and what is going on in real life. Filled with twists and turns this book kept me captivated the entire time and I certainly didn’t expect the ending.
  2. Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Nuevel30134847
    A few months ago I talked about the first book in this series, Sleeping Giants, and I loved this second book in the series just as much. With a great mix of science fiction and distopian futures, this book expands on the universe created in the first and we find out more about the giant found  in the first book. Written in the same style as the first with a series of interviews and transcripts it enjoyed the change from many books and was excited to continue this series. The concluding book in the series comes out in May and I am excited to read it.
  3. Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt8468008
    This was such a sad book that caused me to be in tears as I finished it late at night in bed as my husband slept beside me. This graphic novel memoir of a woman and her mother’s struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s was heart-breaking, but felt so real. As someone who has seen how Alzheimer’s changes people I related to this story and felt it was a very true rendition of what happens.
     
  4. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson20342617
    I was recommended this book on Instagram by my best friend and added it right away to my To-Read list and it was amazing. One of my passions is prisons and the death penalty and this helped me learn new things and new stories. While this wasn’t an easy book to read it was an important one.
  5. Need to Know by Karen Cleveland35356388
    This is another one of those page-turning, not knowing what is coming next books that seem to have been captivating me this past month. When a CIA agent finds her husbands picture in a group of Russian spies she has to figure out what to do and if her entire life was a lie. Fast paced and ever changing I raced through this book. It was also written by an ex-CIA agent so I feel confident that many of details are accurate which makes me enjoy it even more.

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