This April Reading Wrap-up marks my first official year as a book blogger! April was a super busy month with Spring Break, Holy Week, Resurrection Day, the reemergence of kids birthday parties and the revving up of garden prep for the summer season. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it all.
I didn’t get as much reading in as I would have liked this month, but all was not lost to other activities! Spring Break helped me catch up on a few reviews I’ve had in my back pocket. I also took some time to brainstorm some future content too!
What I Read and What I Thought:
There is a lot of diversity in my April Reading List! My April Reading Wrap-Up List includes a one author poetry volume, a novel-in-verse, a children’s book, a bilingual debut novel and a classic.
- Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta: I first listened to this debut by Colombian author Alejandra Algorta on audiobook and then did a re-read with the physical copy. This could be considered a novella. It’s very short and for those who read Spanish, both the audiobook and the physical copy include the translated and the original Spanish version. I thought this book was pretty cool and it is definitely a thinking story. You will want to discuss a few things once you finish, like what is truth… Check out my review Review: Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta
- Sula by Toni Morrison: This was a re-read I did in preparation for co-teaching a class on the chapter “1923.” The last time I read Sula I think I was in college. I still have my copy! I have core memories from this book so I was interested in how I would receive it the second time around with a different level of maturity. I’ll be writing about my experience soon.
- Counting Descent by Clint Smith: I’ll be honest, I was supposed to read this book last April! But I’m glad I finally made my way back to it, because this is a phenomenal collection of essays. If I was still teaching AP Literature, I would be adding it to my curriculum. My review will be coming soon.
- Chlorine Sky by Mahogany Browne: I listened to the audiobook of this and liked the narration. But I have plans to go back and re-read the physical copy to clear up a few spots I missed out on when I got distracted. This is a novel-in-verse about friendship. If you are like me and talk back to the book, definitely be cautious about the audiobook lol! I was at my desk laughing and shrieking “Oh no she didn’t!” My coworkers were concerned.
- The Hair Book by LaTonya Yvette and Amanda Jane: This is a fun board book with lots of opportunities for interactions during and after a read-aloud. Review: The Hair Book by LaTonya Yvette & Amanda Jane
Have you read any of the books from my April Reading Wrap-up List?