Books I Read in April 2022
One of my goals this year was to read at least 50 books by the end of the year. I read 4 books in April, bringing my total to 22 books read for the year thus far. Here are the books I read:
1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is one of my all time favorite book series. While I have read each book of the original trilogy at least ten times each, I had only read the prequel once before this month. The book was just as good as I remembered it. Suzanne Collins is a great author and I would recommend her books to anybody. This prequel is quite a bit darker than the original trilogy, so be prepared if you plan to read it yourself.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I read The Great Gatsby once before while I was in high school, so I wanted to read it again on my own time. While I still found it to be an enjoyable read, the story is less gripping when you already know how it is going to end. This book is a classic and was written extremely well. My high school English teacher showed my class the 2013 film adaptation, so this time while I was reading it my interpretation of the characters was tainted.
3. A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
This book has been sitting on my book shelf for over a decade, so I decided to finally read it. I went into the book expecting a light-hearted puppy novel; boy was I wrong. While the book has a lot of cute moments and important messages, it is filled with heavy plot points. Keep a box of tissues ready is you are sensitive to sad stories— especially featuring dogs. Since the book is told from the perspective of a puppy, it lightens the mood slights and makes the tough messages a bit easier to swallow. The writing is beautiful and easy to follow. Every character in this book is three dimensional and has a story of their own, which I found refreshing.
4. Stuart Little by E. B. White
Stuart Little is a childhood classic and I have seen the movies many times growing up. However, I never got around to reading the book for myself. The book was adorable and a breath of fresh air. The illustrations add a lot to the reading experience and made me feel like a kid again.
What books have you read lately? Let me know in the comments below!