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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

April Reading Roundup

Now that we are a third of the way into May, I am finally getting around to posting my April reading recap...better late than never!

Thoughts of a Dying Worship Leader – 5/5

I loved this book! As someone who works creatively in ministry, it was full of helpful tools and encouragement (even though I will neeeeever lead worship). I truly think this book applies to anyone using their gifts to work in ministry. Highly recommend it!

I was in desperate need of a light-hearted read and this book was just that. I liked the flow of the story, but I wish there would have been more focus on the side characters. Cute overall but not my favorite rom-com.

Cultish 4/5

As someone who is fascinated by language, I found this book to be really compelling. I really love the variety of cults that were covered paired with the experience of her family. I loved listening on audio.

Recitatif 5/5

This short story is extremely impactful. I really loved reading the 2022 release as I appreciated Zadie Smith’s insights. Having that context was really helpful

To my understanding and appreciation of the story. Loved on audio!

I adored this book. The writing is hilarious and so smart. Though the main character is much different than Midge Maisel, I think fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel would love this book. Also possibly the best dog in all of fiction. This book will be in my top books of the year, highly recommend!

This book is dull. It felt like a push to get through it. The entire time I couldn’t figure out why I should care about the characters. I didn’t mind the fact that it was dialogue-heavy, but it felt unnecessarily long with minimal to no character development.

I’ve read a lot of comedy memoirs, and this one is just okay. Funny at points, but overall didn’t keep my attention. I enjoyed it on audio.

Palm Beach – 4/5

I really enjoyed this book, although I wish the pacing would have been a little quicker. It felt like a mash-up of The 7 Husbands of Eleanor Hugo and Good Company. Would make for a great (Florida) beach read.

I had a hard time rating this book. It was not what I expected, and I often time found myself lost as the story was misconstrued in details. It was also hard for me to root for the characters. I wish there would have been a little more backstory or character development. At times it felt more like a description of a timeline. If you are looking for a fast past heist book, I don’t think I’d recommend it.

This book is fun and fast-paced and great to get you out of a reading rut. If you like celebrity profiles and rom-coms, I think you will love this book. Great beach read. Feel like a mix of Emily Henry and Sophie Cousens.


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