What I’ve been reading: April 2019

This month of reading has been all kinds of goodness. It’s a fine blend of home organization books, YA fiction, a couple of literary masterpieces (Middlemarch is still on my bedside table), and some remarkable nonfiction.

My favorite this month was Working by Robert A. Caro. I’ll post about it soon, once I’ve fully absorbed the delightfulness of that reading experience.

Here’s a full look at April…

Simple Organizing Wisdom: 500+ Quick & Easy Clutter Cures edited by Laurie Jennings

3 words: neat, pretty, practical

Give this book a whirl if you like… bite-sized, scannable, practical tips; pretty storage solutions

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

3 words: uproarious, ironic, adventurous

Give this book a whirl if you like… hilarious send-ups of beauty pageants, smart YA fiction, stories of being stranded on a desert island, humorous survival stories, girls empowering themselves, occasional pirates

A Student of History by Nina Revoyr

3 words: compelling, quietly suspenseful, unnerving

Give this book a whirl if you like… fish out of water stories, first person narratives, LA, the extremely wealthy, poor grad students, obsessive love, solving a mystery, people making bad choices

Internment by Samira Ahmed

3 words: intense, chilling, dystopian

Give this book a whirl if you like… dystopian stories, #ownvoices, thoughtful young adult fiction, reading about life in an internment camp, resistance to tyranny

The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley

3 words: browseable, beautifully illustrated, clean

Give this book a whirl if you like… a wide array of organizing ideas for all areas of the home, cleaning recommendations, easy storage solutions

The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

3 words: cheerful, beautiful, concrete

Give this book a whirl if you like… organizing in a beautiful way, labeling absolutely everything, a conversational and encouraging tone, celebrity closets and pantries

There There by Tommy Orange

3 words: lyrical, complex, sobering

Give this book a whirl if you like… multiple narrators, #ownvoices, contemporary Native American lives, difficult life experiences, interwoven storylines

Little Town in a Big Woods by Marilyn Robinson

3 words: accessible, straightforward, informative

Give this book a whirl if you like… learning about the history of an Illinois river town, getting the basics via a children’s book

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo

3 words: practical, encouraging, professional

Give this book a whirl if you like… advice for new managers, but also a good refresher and check-in for experienced managers, real-life examples from the author’s workplace experiences

Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home by Nikki Boyd

3 words: enthusiastic, elegant, lovely

Give this book a whirl if you like… beautiful books about home organization, adding a touch of style to orderliness, practical and inspiring tips for organizing your home

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro

3 words: first-person, inside glimpse, psychological

Give this book a whirl if you like… “inside baseball,” the story behind the story, how extraordinary nonfiction is written, self-deprecating humor, biographical research, how books are researched and written, a psychological portrait of a biographer

What were your favorite April reads?

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

2 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading: April 2019

  1. Holy cow, you’ve got a lot of amazing reads here, and I’d read pretty much all of them! I’ve heard such good things about There, There, and Internment is on my TBR list. And all those organizing books, swooooooon! I should pick a few of those up for inspiration…

    Happy reading! 🙂

    • Stephanie — It was a great month of reading! The organizing books were seriously inspiring — I’ve been doing all kinds of little projects that are making life a little easier and more pleasant.

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