Monday, May 2, 2016

ABC Reads: April

A:  (The) Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle.  Completed January 2016.

B:  Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin.  Completed January 2016.
C:  (The) Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jane Ashford.  Completed February 2016.
D:  Daughter of Sand and Stone, by Libbie Hawker.  Completed February 2016.
E:  E, by Kate Wrath.  Completed February 2016.
F:  Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.  Completed March 2016.
G:  (The) Guardians of History, by Elisabetta Cametti.  Completed March 2016.
H:  (The) Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson.  Completed March 2016.
I:  Ice, by Kevin Tinto.  Completed March 2016.
J:  Jackaby, by William Ritter.  Completed March 2016.
K:  (The) Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Completed April 2016.
L:  (The) Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen.  Completed March 2016.
M:  My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout.  Completed April 2016.
N:  (The) Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.  Completed January 2016.
O:  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
P:  Papyrus, by John Oehler.  Completed April 2016.
Q:  (The) Queen's Poisoner, by Jeff Wheeler.  Currently reading.
R:  Regret, by Dan Dawkins.  Completed April 2016.
S:  (The) Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.  Completed March 2016.
T:  Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
U:  Under the Blood-Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury.
V:  Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann.
W:  Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
X:  (The) X, by Lorena Bathey.  Completed April 2016.
Y:  You, by Caroline Kepnes.
Z:  (The) Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman.

The Kite Runner
I have to admit that I wasn't sure I'd care for this book as much as I did.  I literally teared up at some points in the story and that hasn't happened to me in a while.  It was slow at first and I was a little confused because I didn't really know the whole backstory about the Afghanistan war and the Taliban and everything but it was interesting to learn about.  This was a story about family and friendship and how guilt can take a toll on you and change you as a person.  At first I was disgusted with the main character, Amir, for being such a wimp and not standing up for Hassan and treating him badly, but he was just a kid when everything went down (not that it makes it better) so I can understand why he was ashamed and scared.  I wish the author would write another book from Hassan's point of view.  I loved the way the story was told and the author's style was so easy to follow and so detailed that I'm already adding more of his books to my list!

My Name is Lucy Barton
This was a short read, but a really good story.  It was a bit confusing because the narrator, Lucy Barton, kept jumping back and forth between time periods.  It hinted of a twisted childhood and told of a few traumatic experiences, but didn't actually really say what went on which frustrated me.  Most of the story takes place when she's in the hospital and then her mom visits her for a few days, which is why she jumps back and forth from her childhood to the present because she hasn't seen or spoken to her family in years and they're sort of estranged because of things that happened in the past - which, again, they don't really say WHAT things happened.  All in all, a good light read.  I actually felt bad for Lucy, because the only time she really got to know her mother was those few days when she visited her in the hospital.  Made me appreciate having a loving (though highly annoying at times) family.  Probably a really good book to read now, since mother's day is coming up!

If you couldn't tell by the title, this book was about (you guessed it) Egypt.  I'm a lover of all things ancient Egypt so of course I loved this book!  The author goes back and forth between time periods of ancient Egypt to the present setting of the story and also between the different points of view of the characters.  It was a little confusing at first but once I got into the story it wasn't so bad.  The story was mainly about Queen Tiye's brief time before she was placed in her tomb and also about a scholar, Rika, who accidentally uncovers a hidden message by Queen Tiye on a papyrus telling of where her tomb would be.  Obviously Rika goes on the adventure to locate the tomb in hopes of using the treasures she finds there to help her own cause but things end differently.  I really loved learning about Queen Tiye and ancient Egypt and also loved the fact that the two main characters were female.  As always, I was a bit put off by the romance scenes as Rika is portrayed as a smart and headstrong woman, and I found it hard to believe that she fell in love so quickly.

Talk about a crazy twisted story!  After sleeping with his agent, Dan Dawkins' life gets turned upside down and he goes down a dark and twisted path.  The main character, Dan Dawkins is absolutely insane.  I mean, you'd have to be insane to blame your wife's death, and all the murders you've committed afterwards on the lady you had an affair with.  It takes two, Dan!  I felt really bad for the people he tricked and was disgusted that he couldn't take responsibility for his actions.  

The X
This one was a quick read (finished it in a day) but very interesting.  Basically about a woman, Clarissa, who is suddenly served divorce papers one morning after her husband and kids leave the house.  He ends up taking everything from her - the money, the house, and her two sons.  She finds an odd receipt one day and hires a private investigator to finds out what's really going on and learns that her husband is actually not the man she thought he was and that he is actually the leader of a neo-Nazi organization who is turning her sons against her and brainwashing them to help his cause.  With the help of the P.I. (Bryce) she fights to get her sons back from her crazy ex-husband.  There were a lot of different characters in the story and I don't really remember a lot of their names, especially since it was such a fast-paced kind of book.  I wish the book had been longer and told more about Clarissa's ex-husband's past and what led up to him just up and divorcing her.

That's my list for April!  5 books, not bad.  Only 8 more to go before my list is completed!  And I'm just about done with The Queen's Poisoner so basically 7 more.  Hoping to finish it all in May!

What about you?  What have you been reading?


  1. Yikes, Regret sounds a little crazy!!!

  2. Girl, you are kicking ass at the challenge! :) And I really need to read The Kite Runner. It's been on my list for so long. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you for linking up with us! :)

  3. You are KILLING this challenge!! Kudos to you! :) I read The Kite Runner several years ago and parts of it still haunt me. Fantastically written. I might have to check out The X - I haven't found an "x" book for the challenge that looked great yet! Thanks for sharing all your ABC Reads! At the rate you're reading, you may be able to finish the challenge twice in 2016 :)

  4. i keep seeing the lucy barton one everywhere. glad you liked the kite runner, it was one of those books that just punched me in the gut. i'm not sure i could read a book from Hassan's pov.


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