The Book Review: April 2018

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We're another month down, which means another month of book reviews! I managed to read 5 books this month and I'm still on track with my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge.

You'll notice that the majority of the books I've read this month were fiction - I find reading fiction so therapeutic, and nothing calms my busy mind more than getting lost in some imaginary world. They also make fantastic holiday reads, so if you're lucky enough to be hopping on a plane any time soon, I'd highly recommend picking 1 or 2 of these up!

Here are my April book reviews...

A Good Time To Be A Girl - Helena Morrisey

There's little I love more than a good business read written by a woman, so when I spotted this book by Helena Morrisey, I couldn't resist picking it up. For those who don't know, Helena is a mum of 9, who also managed to become a City CEO and has led programmes that have pushed for substantial progress in promoting women to leadership positions, both in the UK and internationally.

While I didn't agree with all of Helena's views, I found this book jam packed with practical tips for ambitious ladies who are struggling with work life balance, or anyone wondering how best to lead a team of successful women. There's no denying that Helena has had an incredibly impressive career, and this book gave me hope that you can have a family and smash it work.

Rating: 4/5

The Cows - Dawn O'Porter

My favourite type of books to read are great works of fiction that also dig a little deeper and explore modern day issues. It's why I loved The Hate U Give so much when I read it last year, and I feel like Cows by Dawn O'Porter absolutely falls into this category too.

The plot is gripping enough to keep you reading, but the exploration of women in society, fertility and public shame ensured that this is a book I'm still thinking about weeks after finishing it. If you like your page turners to have a little more depth, I'd thoroughly recommend this book - in fact, I loved it so much, I've already passed it on to two friends.

Rating: 5/5

Paper Towns - John Green

Despite this book being a bit of a recent cult classic, it's taken me until this month to get round to reading it. I feel like I should state that this book is a YA novel, so I'm not really the intended audience, but I didn't love it.

I've read a few other books by John Green and enjoyed them, but I just felt like the plot of Paper Towns was a little slow. I didn't love the characters and a lot of the references seemed a little bit cheesy and intense. I managed to keep going until the end and it was a perfectly fine read, but I won't be raving about it to friends.

Rating: 2/5

Still Me - Jojo Moyes

As soon as this book was announced, I was excited to read. It's the third book in the series following bestseller Me Before You, and I absolutely loved being reunited with some of my all time favourite fictional characters. Still Me also has the benefit of being based in New York, which is basically the best place in the world!

After the super heavy subject matter of the two previous books, it was lovely to spend more time with Louisa Clark in a less intense setting. But that's not to say that this novel lacked substance - it still covered heavy topics and maintained a pacey plot that kept me reading way past bedtime. If you loved the other books in this series,  you need to pick up Still Me pronto.

Rating: 4/5

Surprise Me - Sophie Kinsella

I've read and enjoyed most of Sophie Kinsella's recent books, so when I saw that she had a new one out, I downloaded it to my Kindle pretty much recently. I love how well she builds her characters, and I find that her novels usually have enough twists and turns to keep me captivated.

However, while I loved the second half of Surprise Me, I did find it a little slow to begin with. It took me a while to really get behind the characters, and the story seemed to jump around quite a bit during the first few chapters. If you're looking for a quick and easy read to pack for your holidays, I'd pick it up, but don't expect anything too deep.

Rating: 3/5

What have you been reading this month? I'm on the lookout for some holiday reads of my own, so I'd love to know!