Our Favorite Reads of April 2020

We still can’t believe that most of us have been staying home throughout the entire month of April.  Do you even remember what the inside of a library or bookstore looks like?  Ummmm yeah, us too!  The only thing that’s been keeping us sane through unemployment, working from home, home-schooling, and cooking every single meal every day are books!

Collectively we selected TWENTY TWO of our favorite reads from the list of new releases that had publication dates in April.  In our list you’ll find historical fiction, magical realism, psychological thrillers, mysteries, family drama, feel-good reads, and more!  So make space on your bookshelves, make those library requests, reserve these titles, and hopefully, you will find some sanity plus a favorite or two from our favorite reads of April 2020.
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund

High school senior Keely Collins takes on firsts, lasts, and everything in between in this sweet, hilarious and heartfelt story of first loves, first friends, and first times – and how making them your own is all that really matters.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger

An exhilarating debut novel set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway, where a controversial new musical pushes the boundaries of love, legacy, and art.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black

In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light–abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing–and for the conjuring of curses, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love.

The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson

In this enchanting first novel, an irrepressibly optimistic oddball orphan is thrust into the wilds of postwar New York City after an extraordinary childhood in a theater.

Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia

From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, comes a visceral thrillerwhere a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth.

Expectation by Anna Hope

In this sharply observed novel set in and around London, three college friends, now in their thirties, must come to terms with the gap between the lives they imagined for themselves and reality in the face of marriage, fertility struggles, and loss.

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

Set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart.

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould

Perfect Tunes explores the fault lines in our most important relationships, and asks whether dreams deferred can ever be reclaimed. It is a delightful and poignant tale of music and motherhood, ambition and com-promise–of life, in all its dissonance and harmony.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

A fresh romantic comedy about one trouble-making dog who brings together two perfect strangers.

The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig

A fierce blend of Gothic ghost story and Victorian novel of manners that’s also pitch perfect for our current cultural moment.

The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone―presumably drowned while fishing on his boat―she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania

Missed Translations by Sopan Deb, Hasan Minhaj (Foreword by)

A bittersweet and humorous memoir of family–of the silence and ignorance that separate us, and the blood and stories that connect us.

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

A bold, riveting debut novel of desire, betrayal, and loss, centering on three teenage girls, a horse ranch, and the accident that changes everything.

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

This revelatory debut story collection from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa honors characters struggling to find their bearings far from home.

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

Little Family by Ishmael Beah

A powerful novel about young people living at the margins of society, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together.

The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan

A hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA.

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