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Goodreads Challenge: April Edition

Every year, I sign up for the Goodreads reading challenge and, not to brag, y'all, but every year I crush it. I crush it primarily with the help of audiobooks. This year, I am challenging myself to spend less time watching television and more time reading and writing. I do a good amount of all three, but do I really need to watch The Office again? Probably. But the point is, I'm making an effort to read more. To help myself, I'm removing the audiobook crutch. Sort of.

The goal: 60

Current Count: 28

What in God's Name, Simon Rich

4 martinis

Heaven, Inc. is in trouble and, by extension, so is Earth. God is bored. He's totally phoning it in and thinking about destroying his pet project, Earth, to focus on opening an Asian American fusion restaurant. That's a real thing from this book. It's hilarious.

It's up to two low level angels in the miracles department to save Earth and everyone on it. All they have to do is get Sam and Laura to kiss. The problem is, Sam and Laura are painfully awkward. But Craig and Eliza are pulling out all the stops...and the snowstorms and the wind gusts and the food poisonings. Whatever it takes to get these two knuckleheads together. This book is funny and perfect for that quarantine life, y'all.

One True Loves, Taylor Jenkins Reid

2 martinis

Oh, man. I've said it a thousand times. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid. I think I just don't love her early work. This one was better than the cinnamon roll book, but not by much. Do yourself a solid, skip this one and just read Daisy Jones & the Six or Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

A Drink Before the War, Dennis Lehane

4 martinis

I was in the mood for a gritty detective novel and Dennis Lehane delivered. Patrick Kenzie is perfectly flawed. When he and his business partner, Angie, are hired to retrieve some stolen property for a prominent politician, they find themselves in the center of an all out gang war.

Darkness, Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane

5 martinis

The second Kenzie and Gennaro book features a serial killer and a decades old cover up. I loved the first book in this series. Lehane kicked it up an notch for book two.

On the Street Where You Live, Mary Higgins Clark

1 martini

I hated this book. You can read how much and why here.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

4 martinis

After all the serial killers and disappointment, I needed something a little lighter. This YA novel fit the bill. My only complaint is, if you are being blackmailed and your blackmailer willingly gives you their phone, delete the compromising photos instead of giving them your phone number. Problem solved. But I loved Simon and this story.

'Salem's Lot, Uncle Stevie

4 martinis

I'm working my way through Stephen King's backlog. It's a futile task since he releases two or three book a year. I'm never going to catch up, but it's sure fun to try. 'Salem's Lot was a super fun read, and I can officially add "Because vampires live there" to my list of reasons why I hate basements.

Sacred, Dennis Lehane

4 martinis

Okay, book three in the Kenzie and Gennaro series. So far, book two is my favorite, but Sacred has cults, a twist toward the end, and a whole lot of family drama. I'm loving this series and can't wait to dive in to book four.

You guys, not to brag, but I am killing my reading challenge. I'd love to hear what you guys are reading. Drop your reads in the comments.

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