This month, I set new personal bests in both the two mile (14:36) and 5K (22:56) distances, adding more points to the board for myself and my team (Hot Legs Run for Fun!) in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series.
Triathlon training has begun again…I got back on my bike and added more yards in the pool this month; I’ll be attempting an Olympic distance triathlon (for the first time - yikes!) in May, so I’ve got to make sure I don’t drown!
This season of The Bachelor has come to an end (whomp, whomp), but, thanks to recommendations from a couple of friends, I’ve started watching A Million Little Things (via Hulu) and it’s really good, so far. I’ll have a trashy television break until May 13 when The Bachelorette returns!
And now, on to the books…
Physical Books (in no particular order):
We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin - Wow! What a powerful, thought-provoking departure from my usual reading fare; thanks to a recommendation from Tina at TBR, etc. (please check out her review here!), I was really looking forward to this one. Shortly after her recommendation, I discovered that Ruffin would be a presenter at the upcoming Arkansas Literary Festival so, of course, I had to get started. It’s tough for me to believe this is his debut; such a unique, yet all-too-common, description of the consequences of racism.
In Another Time by Jillian Cantor - Not just another of those WWII historical fiction novels, this story is centered around Hannah and Max - she is Jewish, he is not - and their budding romance; unfortunately, due to some very interesting circumstances, they are separated and unable to reunite until several years after the war. Hannah is a concert violinist and I was fascinated by her talent and dedication to her craft, in spite of the conditions she was exposed to during the height of the war trauma; I enjoyed this novel much more than I’d expected.
Like Lions by Brian Panowich (publishes April 30) - I’ve been fairly religious in my recommendation of Panowich’s debut, Bull Mountain (my review here), which was published in 2015; I was absolutely delighted to hear that his follow up would start where Bull Mountain ended and, while I plan to post more as publication day approaches, I can say that this definitely did not disappoint! My friend Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves has included this one in her most anticipated spring reads list, as well; check it out here.
Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger (publishes April 2) - Okay, so this is one of my VERY most anticipated books of 2019; review to come next week, but…I loved it!
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves (publishes April 2) - Review to come; this was such a delightful read and I’d love to try more of this author’s work! This is definitely a book you want in your beach (or other!) bag this spring/summer.
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum - Originally introduced to this book by my friend Stacey at Prose and Palate, this one has been on my list for awhile and I was able to grab a copy as my February selection from Book of the Month. I just finished this one and…wow. Check out Stacey’s review here and then make sure to add this one to your list.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews (publishes April 2) - While this novel is classified as fiction, it is based on a true story and reads like something in between; it’s challenging material, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, but I’m planning to post a review soon!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - WOW! This was an incredible audiobook choice; I am so thankful to Renee at It’s Book Talk for recommending this one to me; I would listen to it again, that’s how good the narration is and how captivating I found the story. This is one of those audiobooks that prevented me from getting out of the car, sitting in the parking lot at work, keeping my headphones on longer than I should, etc.; it’s a smart, keeps-you-guessing psychological thriller and the narrator (and I’m really picky about these!) was fantastic. This is great choice for those of you who are a little skeptical about thrillers (ahem, Sarah - if you read this, I think you should give this one a try!); don’t hesitate to take a chance!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - If you’ve read this book, please now imagine Benjamin Bratt reading the part of Graham Dunne (SWOON), Judy Greer as Karen Karen, and Jennifer Beals as Daisy Jones…WHOA. I didn’t love this story, I’ve watched/read too many 70’s band stories already and this was too predictable for my taste, but the narration kept me going through to the end. I really could not have cared less what happened with these characters, but I could’ve kept listening to the narration for hours more. This will definitely not make my favorites list of TJR’s work, but I appreciate her desire to branch out and try something different.
During the month of April, I’ve got two 10K races and one of them takes place with a TON of friends in Seattle, Washington; I’m really looking forward to getting away for a few days!
As I mentioned in my post last month, the Arkansas Literary Festival runs April 25-28; there are several authors I’m planning to see (including Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink which is my current read and it’s so good!); I’ll be sure to report back!
There are several upcoming releases I’m excited about; if you haven’t listened to episode 13 of Sarah’s Book Shelves Live, with Catherine of The Gilmore Guide to Books, you definitely need to because I can promise you’ll find some new spring titles to add to your list!