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New April 2020 books on my reading list for the month, plus a nonfiction World War II book that many readers consider a modern classic.
There’s little I can say about these past few weeks that hasn’t been said. Most of us have been spending almost all of our time in our homes.
Some of us are bored, some of us are feeling a little frantic, trying to work and manage kids at the same time.
Across the board, I think we’re all worried. There is a lot to worry about, to be sure.
Like many readers, when everything started going crazy, I had a little trouble focusing on the books I was reading. Now in our third week of being home, I’m finding that focus again–even as things continue to change day by day.
It is always a relief to settle in with a great book, and I’m glad to have some highly anticipated reads coming up in April.
I’d love to know what other books are working for you in these crazy times–please share in the comments!
Books to Read in April 2020
In the early 2000s, Laura arrived in New York City with big dreams of a musical career. Fifteen years later, her teenage daughter Marie is asking questions about her father and her mother’s abandoned musical dreams. This “delightful and poignant tale of music and motherhood, ambition and compromise” is one of my most-anticipated books of April 2020.
I don’t typically read religious fiction, but on reading The Red Tent, I found that I do like reading historical fiction set in Biblical times–particularly when it adds womens’ voices where they haven’t been before. That Sue Monk Kidd is the author of this book cemented its place on my reading list.
This is the story of Ana, the young wife of Jesus and sister of Judas. The book is described as “Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity,” and I can’t wait to dive in.
I have a weakness for animal memoirs and it’s been too long since I’ve read one. What better time than now–when I’m finding comfort in silly dog videos, and my own beloved labrador has just turned 14? (Amazingly, he remains energetic and healthy, if a little deaf.)
Good Boy is Jennifer Finney Boylan’s memoir of the seven dogs that taught her about love and life as she grew from a young boy to a middle-aged woman. I expect some sadness, but just as with our life with dogs, the sadness of a great dog story is oh-so-worth it for the joy of the journey.
Beah’s memoir Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier was horrifying, riveting, and sensitive. I knew I had to read his first foray into fiction, about five children who have created a makeshift home and family in an abandoned airplane in Zimbabwe. I anticipate that Beah’s own experiences lend particular credibility to the emotional threads of this story and I can’t wait to read it.
The Hiding Place is Corrie ten Boom’s memoir of her life in Holland, starting from her simple days in her family’s watchmaker shop to her time as a leader in the Dutch underground. Ten Boom hid Jewish people from Nazis and ultimately lost her family in concentration camps. I decided to listen to the audiobook after hearing about this book for years, and I feel the dread of the Nazis moving in on their small but comfortable lives.
Resistance movements are fascinating and I’m looking forward to learning more about her role (side note: if you are ever in Amsterdam, don’t miss the fantastic Verzets Resistance Museum. It’s small, but the interactive exhibits bring the people of the resistance to life.)
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What are you reading in April?