April Reads – 2018

Friends, audiobooks have changed my reading life. I didn’t realize how much time I spent driving until I started listening to audiobooks in the car. And now I don’t have to choose between cleaning my house and reading – I can do both at once!

 

  1. North! Or be Eaten (book 2) by Andrew Peterson (audiobook)

I love Peter Sandon’s voice as he narrates this audiobook. It fits the tale perfectly. This second book in the Wingfeather Saga took a bit of a darker turn as the Igiby family flees from their home and tries to find safety in a world of enemies, monsters, and traitors. It seems unlikely that a family could survive so many near-death experiences, but Peterson won me over in the end and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

 

2. Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes

This historical book about the 1936 Olympics was not quite what I expected. I thought it would focus more on the actual Olympic events and the athletes, but instead it was more about the atmosphere in Berlin and the lives of the people who were there at the time. I felt very confused for the first part of the book as character after character was thrown at me. Just when I had figured out who someone was, they would vanish from the story and a new person would be introduced. After getting passed my initial misconceptions, it was interesting to learn about what it was like in Germany leading up to WWII. It is amazing how much was already set in motion in 1936 and how the Nazis managed to hide so much as tourists streamed into Berlin for the Olympics.

 

3. These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy Turner (audiobook)

I loved how the voice of Sarah changed and developed throughout this book. This story follows Sarah’s life from 1881-1901 as she faces great loss and love.

 

4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (audiobook)

A short and sweet story about Esperanza, a Latina girl, living in Chicago. The story is told in poetically written snapshots, and I enjoyed catching glimpses of what growing up in Esperanza’s culture would be like.

5. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

I heard this book compared to binge watching a British TV drama, and I think that description holds true. Set in WWII, In Farleigh Field is a historical novel about life in Britain with the impending horror of being invaded by Germany. It focuses on the lives of several young adults who find themselves caught up in a world of mystery, spies, and code breaking.

 

6. The Monster in the Hollows (book 3) by Andrew Peterson (audiobook)

7. The Warden and the Wolf King (book 4) by Andrew Peterson (audiobook)

I wasn’t sold on the Wingfeather Saga until I read these last two books in the series. I feel like book 1 & 2 were just setting the stage for all the events in these two books. Peterson’s stories are full of creativity, lots of adventure, an amazing cast of characters, and beautiful allegories that make these books worth reading for all ages. I was struck several times by how relatable these characters in a fantasy world could be. I was somewhat disappointed that Andrew Peterson narrated these two books instead of Peter Sandon, but these still made great audiobooks to keep me awake on my drives to and from work.

 

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