So it’s the first of the month and time to set up my April reading plan. My April reading plan is going to only include books that I need to read for book clubs and reads with my daughter. I am doing this to give myself some room to read anything else that I want to. To be honest I could not pick which books I want to read and I found last month I wanted to read a bunch of books that I did not get to because I was so focused on reading what I put on my TBR.
Mother Daughter Reads
One good thing about having a teenager who loves to read is that we can read and talk about books. However, our focused genres are usually very different. My focus is fantasy where hers is contemporary but every now and then we find books that appeal to both of us. Our goal this year is to read one book each month, a short story from an anthology (we chose Because You Love to Hate Me) and to read a chunk of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard a short story from the anthology Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy Edited by Ameriie
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (this is a carryover from last month neither of us was able to finish it.)
First published in 1890, the second of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, The Sign of the Four is a classic of detective fiction and a forerunner of this now-ubiquitous genre. The story has everything – a beautiful damsel in distress, mysterious disappearances, a murder, a strange and lustrous pearl, a peculiar map, four desperate villains, an exotic treasure and, above it all, smiling superiorly as he moves with sure-footed confidence through the morass of conflicting clues, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, investigator extraordinaire.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Books for Book Clubs
I am hoping to participate in two book clubs this month The Name of The Book (https://twitter.com/NameOfTheBook) I will only be able to join the live streams for this one since it will be hosted in Australia. At the beginning of this year, some of my co-workers and I started a book club and our meeting for our second book will be on May 17th. We are meeting every two months due to all of us being busy and did not want to overwhelm ourselves, so I have until then to read it so I may or may not get to it this month but I wanted to add it anyway.
Name of the Book
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
Work Book Club
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.
Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.
Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.
I hope everyone has a great reading month.
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