Book Recap: April

by jessicaturner on May 1, 2013

How is it possible that it is already May?!

This past month I read Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. So many people have raved about this book (the first in a series), but it was REALLY hard for me to get into – maybe because I only read a few pages a night for the first weeks of April. Finally, when I went to Snap, I buckled down and read a good chunk. I finished it last night. I liked it okay, but not nearly as much as The Shoemaker’s Wife. Honestly, I think if you start with Trigiani’s Shoemaker’s Wife, you compare all her books to that one and none of them live up to it. At least that is what I’m finding. :)

I don’t think I’ll read the other books in the Stone Gap series. It’s one of the few books that I think would be better as a movie than a book.

I am thankful that this month is hopefully going to be a bit more relaxing and that I might find more time to read. I am also going to start tackling my library of eBooks on my iPad. eBooks are so easy to read because they are on a portable device. I definitely think they will help me achieve my reading goal. (My friend Laura wrote this week about how her Kindle is helping her to read more- and she’s giving one away!)

Speaking of eBooks, did you check out the insane eBook sale this week – 97 titles for $29.97?! I am SOOOO excited about a bunch of the titles. Don’t let the number overwhelm you – 97 books is a lot isn’t it? I figure, even if you only have interest in 30 of them, that’s still just $1 a book. Taking time to read is one of the best self-care methods I do for myself. If you enjoy reading too, this is a sale you shouldn’t miss. (Sale ends Saturday)

How is your 2013 reading going?

Books read to date:

  1. Big Stone Gap (April)
  2. Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room (March)
  3. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn (March)
  4. Real. Life. Photography (February)
  5. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (January)
  6. Lucia, Lucia (January)
  7. Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt (January)

Other book posts:
March Recap
February Recap
January Recap

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Mikki May 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

I really can’t express how incredible the Kindle app has been for my reading habits. I used to read pretty frequantly, then I had my daughter and it went from a book every month or so to none; I always always running around but when I got the Kindle app on my blackberry, I could read while she was in the bath or waiting for my prescription or on break at work.


jessicaturner May 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

TOTALLY! I did that some last year, but then stopped for some unknown reason. I can’t wait to report next month on if my reading increases. I bet it will. :) AND, I’m so excited about all the new ebooks from that bundle that I can’t wait to start reading a bunch of them.


Laura May 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Oh no! You have to read the others! Especially the last one about her relationship with her daughter! It made me think about how my daughter and I interact and about finding that balance between setting limits and encouraging independence. I think the series books are stronger than her other novels, which were designed to stand alone. I liked Lucia, Lucia, but it didn’t end quite the way I hoped and I wanted more character development of the neighbor rather than having her just be a plot device for setting up the memories part of the narrative. That said, I still liked it and it was a fun, quick read.


jessicaturner May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

That’s interesting to hear… I just didn’t love it though… I’ll think about it. :)


sona May 2, 2013 at 4:33 am

are any of these titles for the over 50 set? For a gift?


jessicaturner May 2, 2013 at 5:34 am

I think anyone would like The Shoemakers Wife. My aunt recommended it to me and she is in her 50s.


Brandi May 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

In April I read Eat, Pray, Love for my new book club…not a fan because I had a really hard time getting into it. It was so slow and I felt the entire book was a struggle. I also read Little Bee, The Zookeeper’s Wife and Big Stone Gap. I liked Little Bee and Big Stone Gap…I am the same way….I could take or leave the rest, but after reading Laura’s comment above I might take another chance and read another one. The Zookeepers Wife was also a challenge for me, but I made it through. I just started the Shoemakers Wife and I am enjoying it so far. Thanks for keeping me motivated!


jessicaturner May 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

I think you will love The Shoemaker’s Wife. SO good. I cried at the end.


Kerry May 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for saying how much you liked The Shoemaker’s Wife. Just put it on hold at my library. I need a good novel to read…


jessicaturner May 3, 2013 at 5:23 am

Great! You’ll love it.


Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Okay, interesting. I read Big Stone Gap a few years ago, and while I thought it was really good, I didn’t ADORE it or anything. So when people started raving about The Shoemaker’s Wife, I just didn’t know if I wanted to read it. I’m glad to hear your comparison – and I just put it back on my to-read list!


jessicaturner May 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Yes, it is a MUST read Mary!


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