Another book I really enjoyed was 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad. I really loved this one and found it thoughtful and it really resonated with me. I'll try to work up a review!
Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley was a DELIGHT. Heminsley dedicated herself to running a marathon long before she was ready, and for that I thought she was nuts. But her story of coming into her own was a wonderful journey that made me wake my husband up laughing at night when I was reading in bed. And boy, did I ever cry when she succeeded!
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed was a surprise gift from Katie of Can't Get There From Here. It came to my mailbox with a wildly appropriate and sassy card. In light of having left my job and having made some big life changes, this one was just the thing. I have dog-eared (because that's how I show my love) SO MANY PAGES. Strayed's writing is full of quotable bits, and this book was a great collection of those to keep me motivated.
Sadly, the two comics I read this month didn't pan out for me. Tomb Raider #1 and Ikebana were both too short and underdeveloped to be satisfying, though in Ikebana's favor, it had a much more innovative plot.
I capped off the month with two more big winners.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling is just as charming and funny as I'd heard. I listened to this one on audio during Readathon, and there's no better way to experience Kaling's anecdotes. She has such a unique voice, speaking- and writing-wise, and I found her wonderfully snarky, smart, and ironic. Go, Mindy, go!
Finally, Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, is my biggest Readathon achievement and my big #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks achievement for the month. This one has been lingering on my TBR for what seems like forever, and I finally forced myself to pick it up. Once I gave it a fair shake, I was hooked. I thought it did a great job of portraying the all-consuming nature of adolescent relationships...especially for those teens who are not born well-adjusted (because how many really are?).
It was not a great #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks month (one out of eight), but it was a great reading month.
How was your April?