I got five books read in April. Guess going to the beach helps me get more reading done! I already feel the need to go back! Here's what I read in April:
1) Burn What Will Burn by CB McKenzie. This was a book that one of my book club members picked up in Africa (of all places!) and wanted to know how others felt about the book. I bit and took it home to read.
The story has a number of unusual characters who Bob interacted with. The whole story ended up just being odd.
2) Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Yes, I am a fan of Alice Hoffman and I had not read this book before. When I read a recommendation for it, I got a used copy to read (it was published in 1995 and was her 11th novel).
Eventually, Sally married and had two daughters, but lost her husband early in the marriage. Gillian left the area and went the opposite way of Sally, running off with men any chance she had, ending up divorced three times. Years later, Gillian showed up at Sally's with a dead man's body in the car trunk. The sister's buried the body in the yard. Meanwhile, Sally's daughters were growing up and going the same way as Sally and Gillian.
This is a book about magic, love, and sexuality. It was a good read.
3) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. This book was a book club pick and a book that I probably would not have ever picked up to read on my own. That's the joy of book groups...getting out of my comfort zone and reading things that I wouldn't have read otherwise. I didn't expect to, but I really enjoyed this book!
Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show. I have never seen his show, but did know who he was. I didn't realize that he was from South Africa. This book is autobiographical covering his childhood growing up in South Africa, the son of a black woman and a white Swedish man. Noah was raised by his mother and his story is told rather in essay form, which I found very easy to read. Each chapter loosely covered a certain topic, including school friends, violence, relationships, racism, and being born different from the others. His mother was determined to give him a better life and was a driving force for his success. It was an interesting story.
This was a good read. I loved how the author took it to the end and wrapped up the women's stories. The book was inspired by the author's grandparents' memories and experiences from WWII.