April was chock full of great reads for me. It was a slower reading month than I usually have because I traveled a bit at the end of the month for an elopement I photographed in Maine. But, I was more than happy to be out of the house and switching up the routine!
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton | 5 stars. I was in a bit of a reading lull when I picked this one up and it immediately pulled me out of it. Set against the back drop of the 1970's music scene, Opal & Nev rise to stardom as a duo but after a tragic incident their careers take two different paths. This one really illuminated the way that the music industry, and our society as a whole, punishes women of color and rewards white men.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry | 5 stars. What a pure delight this book is! I fell in love with Emily Henry's writing after reading Beach Read last summer and I dare say that People We Meet on Vacation is even better! I absolutely loved the characters and I loved all the travel in this book. I almost forgot how great going on vacation is after being home for 1+ year, but this book helped me remember.
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason | 5 stars. I read all good books in April but this one may have stuck out as my absolute favorite. This was one of those books where I identified so closely with some of the feelings of the characters. And Mason is an amazing writer. This book reminded me of Sally Rooney and Ann Patchett recommended it, so I knew it was going to be good!
Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney | 4 stars. I got lost in this book for a few days. It's a family drama meditating on the ideas of blood family versus chosen family, marriage, and fidelity. To be honest, this was pretty drama packed but it really hooked me and reminded me a lot of Emma Straub's All Adults Here as well as the movie A Marriage Story (but less sad?!)
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent | 4 stars. I had picked this book up earlier this year but couldn't get into it back in the cold, dreary days of February. Fast forward to April and I absolutely loved this one! Birdy heads to the Scottish Highlands for the summer to be a sommelier at a run down vacation resort. Plot twist: she's not actually a sommelier (she's covering for her friend) and the hotel has been renovated and is on it's way to receive a Michelin star. This one was packed with beautiful setting imagery, lots of food and wine, and a really cute love story.
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