Lately, audiobooks have seemed to be the best way for me to read. This month I finished listening to four and I have a few more I’m still working on. I even used one to keep reading when I had to change locations. I tend to stick to non-fiction with audiobooks as a preference. But the right narrator can absolutely hook me for fiction and definitely for poetry.
With regards to my monthly reading goals, I absolutely strayed from my original April Reading list…and that’s okay. I still like making the list because sometimes it can be hard to choose which book I want to read next. But I can always go back to my Reading Hopefuls list for a quick choice. I’m also still in the middle of reading a few of the books from my April list.
What I Read In April
- Above Ground by Clint Smith: Phenomenal, as expected. I listened to him read this via audiobook and it was amazing. I ordered a copy for my personal library for Independent Bookstore Day so that I could read it at a slower pace and annotate.
- Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks: This was great Southern lit. I’m ready to re-read it so I can annotate for symbolism. It’s the story of a young woman who finds herself in an all-Black town in Civil Rights era Alabama. She gets involved with a young man whose goal is to keep the town segregated after it rebuilt itself from a horrific riot years earlier.
- Bull by David Elliott: I saw this one on a book list randomly so I checked out the audiobook from the library. It was a hilarious retelling of the myth of the Minotaur.
- You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation by Julissa Arce: This was an insightful book on race and living as a Mexican American woman in the United States. I appreciated the perspective and the history she included in the narrative.
- The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro: Scared the boo boo out of me with the Lal Llorona descriptions. But it was a book that speaks to the isolation that motherhood can often bring and the perils of generational trauma. Check out my Review: The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro
- The Creative Vegetable Gardener: 60 Ways to Cultivate Joy, Playfulness, and Beauty along with a Bounty of Food by Kelly Smith Trimble: I love to garden! This book really infused some creative new ideas into what I might try out this coming season. Lots of design and visual ideas for those who want to break free from the garden row. New Gardening Books for the Creative Spirit
What Are You Reading?
Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, which ones have you listened to lately?