April Reading Wrap-up

In April, I read a lot of poetry. I’ve always felt it takes away the mundaneness of life. Good poetry is always refreshing. And I am never done exploring new poets. And that’s why I read a few Indie authors last month and loved their poetry better than some with the best-selling title. But April is over and I’m glad that I could manage some decent reading goals despite how lethargic I was throughout the month.

Now that my first book is out into publishing, I’m focusing on my next project that is a collection of short stories. I started writing this one in 2017. And since the poetry book is accomplished, I can get back to it. The first book is always special and even though I am publishing the poetry first, technically, this is the first book I started writing and so it holds a special place for me.

Okay, enough talk. Let’s get to my April reading wrap-up. In this post, I shall share with you all the books I read in April and if you wish to pick up any of them, just click on the link and get your copies.

The Bookstore Sisters

Isabel Gibson has all but perfected the art of forgetting. She’s a New Yorker now, with nothing left to tie her to Brinkley’s Island, Maine. Her parents are gone, the family bookstore is all but bankrupt, and her sister, Sophie, will probably never speak to her again.

But when a mysterious letter arrives in her mailbox, Isabel feels herself drawn to the past. After years of fighting for her independence, she dreads the thought of going back to the island. What she finds there may forever alter her path—and change everything she thought she knew about her family, her home, and herself.

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Dark Days and Lonely Nights

There’s something about the night, staying up at two or three in the morning, unable to sleep, while everyone else is in bed. The world feels like a lonely place deep in thought with the TV playing in the background for comfort while playing with our phones trying to sleep. D. R. Nguyen captures what it feels like to feel isolated from the world and chasing a dream through poetry, prose, and free verse. In his captivating book “Dark Days Lonely Nights.”

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The Light After the Darkness

“The Light after the Darkness,” is a journey through the highs and lows that life has to offer using poetry and prose. The book is divided into five chapters, with each chapter telling a different story from the most difficult moments in life to love and inspiration. This book is for anyone who’s ever felt pain, if you ever experience loss, if you ever felt love, this book is for you.

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Milk and Honey

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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Carefree in the Mountains

Mountains bewitch the mind and provide repose and great delight. The powerful effect of mountaineering achievements can prove to be a source of great inspiration in ordinary life. In the book, the reader shall travel to the beautiful verdant sylvan valleys with cascading rivers, the pine, oak and higher up the birch, fir and rhododendron and then move to the snow-clad peaks of the eternal Himalaya that appear to cleave the very sky. Hasn’t it been said in the Puranas “NOT IN A HUNDRED YEARS OF GODS, COULD I TELL THEE OF THE GLORIES OF THE HIMALAYA”.

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I Remember Abbu

Bangladesh, 1971: the war of independence from Pakistan has torn through peaceful villages and turned life upside down. In the midst of war, one young girl holds on as she discovers the world’s unpredictability. During her father’s prolonged absence, she reminisces about the essence of her abbu, an esteemed professor, loving community leader, and now unexpected warrior.

She is moved by his quiet determination to preserve Bengali language and culture in a struggle for autonomy. In his diaries, her abbu describes the painful decisions he must make because of the threat of war, from embracing the brutality of taking up arms to the struggle of moving his family from the embattled city of Dhaka.

Amid the tragedy is the unbroken bond between a father and daughter, which makes this powerful and historically faithful portrait of a family surviving the worst in the fight for independence all the more stirring.

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Question of the Day

Have you read any of them? Which books did you read in April?
Do share your thoughts below.