Today, I’m going to share the books I plan to read in the month of April! Even though we’re nearly half way through the month and I’ve even already finished reading the first book on this list, I thought it would still be nice to set some concrete reading goals for the month and share them here. So let’s take a look at all of the books I’ve picked out for April!
In March, I had planned on reading eight books (you can see which books in my March TBR post). Though I didn’t reach my goal, I still managed to read seven books, which is pretty good in my opinion.
Since many of the books I read in March were non-fiction books related to home organization and cleaning, I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from that for April. This month, I’ll mostly be enjoying fiction works, but I also want to learn more about giving birth so I’ve added one pregnancy book to this list.
Except for the pregnancy book, the novels I’ve chosen all have audiobook versions available for free through the Kindle Unlimited program. Whenever I have access to an audiobook, I like to read the text along with the audio because it helps me focus on the story and enjoy a more immersive reading experience, so that’s how I’ll be reading in April.
Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence
The first book on my TBR list for April is one that I’ve already finished reading! This is a murder mystery set in 1880 New York City. We follow Elizabeth Van den Broek, an ambitious young reporter who is investigating a string of egyptian mythology-inspired killings. I don’t want to say too much about this book since I’ll be giving my review of it later this week! I will say, however, that the narrator for this audiobook was superb.
Emma by Jane Austen
As an English major and a major Mr. Darcy fan, I’m ashamed to say that I really haven’t read much of Jane Austen’s work. I read Pride and Prejudice in high school and Persuasion in college, but nothing else! I noticed that Emma was available on Kindle Unlimited with accompanying audio, so I decided that it’s finally time to rectify this wrong. I’m excited to read Emma because I am familiar with the story and there are so many film adaptations that I’ll finally be able to enjoy.
The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel
As I was searching for Kindle Unlimited books with accompanying audio, I discovered this novel by Weina Dai Randal. This story takes place during World War 2 and tells the love story between a Chinese heiress and a Jewish refugee from Germany. I was really intrigued because I’d never come across a historical fiction about WW2 that takes place in China, and I really don’t know much about China’s involvement in the war, so I’d like to learn more about that perspective. Plus, I was totally drawn in by the gorgeous cover art! The reviews seem to be really good so I’m looking forward to reading this soon.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, Second Edition by Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D.
Now that I’m in my third trimester and getting closer to my due date, I’m feeling more desperate to learn as much as I can about pregnancy and giving birth. So far, I’ve only read one pregnancy book in English. All of my other pregnancy information either comes from a Korean book that my husband reads to me or pregnancy apps. The information I have gotten from those places has been good so far, but I feel like there are still lots of gaps in my knowledge, and I only read the updates week by week since I’m scared to learn too much about the nitty-gritty details in advance. Since the Mayo Clinic is a respected health organization, I feel like I’ll be able to trust the information in this book and I’ll get well-rounded view of the entire pregnancy journey. After I round out my general knowledge about pregnancy with this resource, I think I’ll be able to move on to reading books on more specific topics like hypnobirthing techniques, lactation, and newborn care.
So these are all of the books on my TBR list for April! I think four books is a very manageable number, and I’ve already finished one, so I’m off to a good start.
Have you heard of or read any of the books on this list? Do you enjoy reading with audiobooks? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!