April 2020 Reads

Quarantine brain hit HARD in April. I struggled to concentrate on anything, including reading. I decided to focus on re-reading a couple books I knew I’d enjoy. Even though I only read 3 books this month, I really liked everything I read, so I’d call that a win anyway!

Stats

Number of books read: 3 📘📘📘

Print books: 0

Audiobooks: 2 🎧🎧

Kindle books: 1 📱

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 3

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 0

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Nine Perfect Strangers

☹️ Least favorite book: Divergent (I still loved this book, it was just my least favorite of the three great books I read!)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergent by veronica roth book cover

4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from March 30, 2020 – April 9, 2020.

Divergent is one of the classic YA dystopia hits from the post-Hunger Games era when it seemed like every other book released was one of this genre. I reread it because I was on a dystopia kick and I really enjoyed experiencing it as an audiobook this time around. It’s always a little scary to reread a favorite from when you were much younger because you never know how it’s going to hold up, but Divergent did pretty well! This time around, everything felt a little more one dimensional than I remember — the villains felt less complex, the love story felt less meaningful, and the structure of the society felt less fleshed out. But, I suppose that’s the way it goes when rereading stuff that felt groundbreaking when you were an emotional teenager. (Speaking of teenage emotions, I forgot how much of a crush I used to have on Four. I guess that keeps my teenage taste consistent, along the lines of Warren Peace from Sky High, Prince Zuko, and the brooding drummer who sat by me in freshman year English.)

Anyway, this was a solid reread but there was no way in heck I was going to touch the rest of the series. As much as I liked the first book, I remember how much I hated the rest.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

uglies by scott westerfeld book cover

4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from March 27, 2020 – April 12, 2020.

I reread Uglies as part of my YA dystopia kick at the beginning of quarantine. I had first read this book in sixth or seventh grade and I remember being absolutely enamored with it. Needless to say, I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up as an adult. Surprisingly, it ended up holding up really well! Uglies was originally published in 2005, before the dystopia phase really took off. That was also two years before the iPhone was first released. Technology has advanced so much since then, it’s interesting to see the way the technology Tally and her friends use in the book feels less far-fetched than it did back then. (Especially the scene where Tally and Shay are manipulating their faces to look less like their “ugly” selves and more like the “pretties” they want to become. This seemed like a heavy-handed Black Mirror-esque reference to FaceTune, but the book FAR precedes the app.)

I’d definitely recommend this one for a reread, or a first time read if you’re in the mood for some good YA!

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

nine perfect stranger by liane moriarty book cover

4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from April 9, 2020 – April 28, 2020.

Everyone battles their own demons and struggles with their own problems. Nine Perfect Strangers tells the story of nine people who decided to tackle their issues by staying at a health resort, the three staff members in charge of the unusual treatment, and the chaos that ensues.

I read Big Little Lies this summer and was surprised by how much I loved it. I wanted to read more from Liane Moriarty and Nine Perfect Strangers did not disappoint. I feel like Moriarty is a master at crafting slow-burning, character-driven novels. I think I would have gotten a bit bored with the first half of this book if I’d been reading a physical copy, but listening to the audiobook helped keep my interest. And it was worth sticking to it! Moriarty builds up anticipation and drops tiny, subtle hints so that when things start to go sideways, it’s gratifying, surprising, and intriguing, but not totally unbelievable. I will almost always choose a plot-driven novel over a character-driven one, but I think Moriarty’s books might be the exception for me.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

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