World Book Day: What I've Read in April

Happy Tuesday friends! Today is World Book Day! I will be celebrating by finishing the second book I checked out from the library on Saturday. I literally devoured the first book I checked out. It was a nasty day, so I had good reason to not be doing any yard work, and I literally read the whole thing. Start to finish. I couldn't put it down. 
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Finishing those three books in under a week will put me at 11 for the year, which is 37% of my 2019 Goodreads goal of 30 books (!!!!!!!!!) Part of my new plan to be debt free, is to spend more time at my library. The main Cobb County branch is literally walking distance from my house, so I really don't have an excuse for waiting almost three years before getting my library card. HOWEVER now that I have rectified that situation, I see a lot more reading in my future. Our library participates in the Overdrive program, so I can even borrow eBooks from the library, without even having to leave my house. That's how I downloaded my most recent book, since I finished Kindred in one afternoon. 

Without further ado, here's a recap of what I've read so far in April!

The Sisters Chase: I actually had this sitting in my house, still in the saran wrap from Book of the Month in like, June of 2017. I'm very bad about buying books and then letting them sit on my to-be-read shelf for entirely too long. ANYWAYS. This story is told in a bit of a back and forth timeline, which was kind of hard to follow at the beginning. It's the tale of two sisters, with a pretty substantial age difference, surviving as best they can after their mother dies. Mary, the eldest sister, does her best to take care of her younger sister, who she calls Bunny. There's a big secret that she's trying to hide, that you slowly learn throughout the flashbacks. It's a great twist, but it was a little predictable? However, I'm no fun to watch crime drama with, because I usually guess who did it in the first ten minutes, based on the pattern the shows seem to follow. It was a well written book though, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Where the Desert Meets the Sea: Every month, I get an e-mail from Amazon with a handful of new release books for Kindle/Prime users to read for free. This was one of those books! It's a tale of a Holocaust survivor who seeks refuge in Palestine. There was a lot of underlying violence in this book, I don't think I realized that it was about the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews over Jerusalem, and I honestly wanted SO bad for the main characters to get even the slightest break from all of the violence in their lives. It's a heartbreaking story, but I learned a lot about post-WWII Palestine/Israel and some of the things that have led to the current situation there. I ended up giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. 

Kindred: I added a few of Octavia Butler's books to my "want to read" list back in February, when I learned about her in an article about Black authors you may not know a lot about. This is actually the first science fiction book written by a black woman. As I've mentioned, I absolutely devoured it. I couldn't put it down. The main character, Dana, is a modern woman who keeps getting transported to Maryland, in 1819. It is so well written, and it doesn't gloss over how horrible slavery was. I know this story will stay with me for a long time, and I would give it more than 5 out of 5 stars if I could. I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to read more of her other stories. She has a series, that starts with The Parable of the Sower I'll be reading that some time this summer fo'sho. 

I'm also about 80% done with The Other Einstein which is a story about Albert Einstein's wife, who I'd never even heard of before this book was suggested to me by the app for the library's eBooks. I started it Saturday night, and I'll probably finish it tonight. Another one I haven't been able to put down.

How are you celebrating World Book Day? Have you read any of these? Or read anything lately you think I should add to my list? 

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