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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

April Reading Roundup

Okay, this month's reading in review is also extremely delayed but less delayed than last month, so I am counting that as a win? I feel a little bit like the old song "Breakeven" by The Script – "I'm still alive, but I'm barely breathing."

Cheers to some fun April books!

Happy reading, friends!

All My Knotted-Up Life – Memoir | 5/5

This book is incredible. Moore tells her story with such grace and vulnerability. I cannot recommend it enough. I loved it on audio.

I really enjoyed this book. I want to do a reread, taking this book chapter by chapter. It is one that you will want to sit with. The Kingdom of Prep: The Inside Story of the Rise and (Near) Fall of J.Crew – Non-Fiction | 4/5

As someone who grew up living J.Crew I loved this audiobook. I really liked hearing about the history of the brand and the backstory of many infamous situations. I found it really hard to put down. If you like narrative nonfiction or fashion, I recommend this book.

Thank you to for my copy!

Hello, Molly! – Memoir | 3.5/5

I love celebrity memoirs, I love SNL, I love Molly Shannon, but I had a hard time with this book. I really enjoyed and appreciated Shannon’s vulnerability when talking about her childhood. The second half of the book felt repetitive, and the writing felt too childlike.

Happy Place – Fiction | 3/5

Emily Henry is the queen of the beach read (pun intended)! Though I enjoyed this book, I found the side characters to be underdeveloped and the main character to be a little whiny. Overall, it is fun and light-hearted and a perfect read for the summer. I think I would have enjoyed this more in print.

Thank you to for my ALC.

Romantic Comedy – Fiction | 4/5

I am a lifelong fan of SNL and love anything SNL adjacent. I really enjoyed the structure of this book and found the characters to be funny and lovable. Despite the title, I don’t think this book is romantic or comedic but does give great insight into the inner workings of a relationship.

Paris – Memoir | 5/5

In the best possible way, this book was not what I thought it would be. Paris tells her story with grace and compassion. I appreciated the way she reflected on her life and was deeply moved by her high school experience. This book is profoundly sad, but also glittering with hope about who one can become.

Adult Assembly Required – Fiction | 3/5

I loved Nina Hill and was so excited to be back in her world. This book felt like it needed another edit, lots of details that didn’t serve the plot, and I found it to be distracting. The characters were lovable, but there were too many.


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