What I’ve Read – April 2024

Where is the year going? I feel like I blink and it’s a new month.

According to GoodReads, I’m up to 35 books of the 50 I set as a goal at the start of the year. Maybe it’s time to increase it?

I had thought I hadn’t read much during April, then I looked at my list. Many of the books were audiobooks as school holidays had me doing a lot of driving.

Here’s what I read:

  • Ladies of Letters Log On by Lou Wakefield. I have listened to this audiobook before. I was struggling to get my phone to attach to the car, so dug out a CD. This was a crazy ride, but also a lot of fun.
  • The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling. I picked this one up at the library in their ‘free books’ box. It was a fun rom-com with an enemies to lovers trope.
  • Old McDonald Had a Phone by Jeanne Willis. I picked up this picture book as it was lying around a table at the library while waiting to run a workshop. It’s a fun take on Old McDonald had a Farm and teaches kids about moderation using technology.
  • On a Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond. The second audiobook of the month. I have enjoyed books by Lucy Diamond in the past and this one didn’t disappoint.
  • Billy Goat Boogie by Ella Shine. I received an advance review copy of this awesome junior novel. If you kids who love stories featuring animals, this is a great one to pick up, along with the rest of the Pet Sitters series.
  • The Secret of Sapling Green by Penelope Pratley. A picture book that I requested from the library and didn’t remember that I asked for it! A lovely picture book.
  • At The End of Holyrood Lane by Dimity Powell. The other picture book I requested without remembering it and another lovely book.
  • Our Library by Donna Rawlins. I picked up this picture book in the ‘free books’ tub at the library. This is one I have read before and it’s a great one to introduce kids to the library.
  • Simon Sees by Jenny Woolsey. A middle grade novel featuring characters with visual impairment. A fantastic adventure for kids.
  • The Puzzling Pet Parade by Anna Battese. A fun junior fiction novel with a great message for kids.
  • If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback. A picture book that caught my eye at the library. A beautiful book for a parent to share with a child to tell them they are amazing.
  • The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell. Another audiobook. This one featured a 79 year old woman adjusting to life in a retirement village.
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I read another book by Talia Hibbert last year and enjoyed it, so picked this up when I saw it at the library. A fun read.

Wow! What a list. I hadn’t realised I read quite so many books during April. How did you go?

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
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