Hello book friends! Spring break meant this was a heavier month for reviews, so there will be a bit to chat about here. This month 10 books were reviewed on The Book Stack with an average rating of 4.1 stars. There were so many great books this month, I feel like you all may be getting the impression that I’m a super lenient reviewer.
In addition to all the new posts, a new directory of reviews was added this month! You can now browse all reviews sorted by title, author, and rating. You can also follow via email to receive book reviews in your inbox. Now that I’ve been at this on a consistent basis for two months I’ll be slowly adding on more to this website, participating in tags and challenges, and hopefully hosting a giveaway in the coming months!
I’ve had so much fun talking to everyone on here and on your own blogs, so if you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads, please do! I’m pretty active on there and I really enjoy seeing updates from my friends. Also, I’m slowly easing into to the world of bookstagram, so if you’d like to watch me fumble around there, you can find me at @the.bookstack
Best of March
No Man of Woman Born: This book was, in every sense, an utter joy to read. I tend towards really dark books, so the fact that each short story in this lovely collection had a happy ending was different than the norm and so refreshing. The stories nimbly subverted the longest standing cliches of fantasy without sacrificing the best parts of the genre. You can read the full review here and you can see me rave about this book more on the Trans Day of Visibility post.
Eight Lives: What a hell of a debut. Speaking of books that have been on my mind for weeks since reading them, here’s Eight Lives. This book was published by a small Australian press so I know this incredible story won’t reach so many people. Do not be one of those people. This is one of the easiest five star ratings I have ever given. Eight Lives has all the technical intricacy of The Martian, but centered around medicine with multiple perspectives and nonlinear elements and it is still fantastic. Yeah guys, Susan Hurley did that. You can read the full review here, in case I haven’t already convinced you.
What I’m Looking Forward to in April
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher: If a book is described as “for readers who loved Station Eleven” I’m pretty much guaranteed to pick it up. This was one of the first things I heard about A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World and, lo and behold, here we are. Nothing like a little post-apocalyptic fiction to kick off spring the right way.
“My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?“
Alpha Girls by Julian Gurthe: I was approved for Alpha Girls months ago and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it since. I feel like it will be popular among the same crowd that enjoyed Bad Blood, since we have another journalistic account of women in Silicon Valley.
“In Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. We follow the lives and careers of four women who were largely written out of history – until now.“
Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger: This is my April Book of the Month pick. I have no idea when I’ll be able to fit it in between all the ARCs I’m packing into April but I’ll persevere!
“Helen Clapp is a physics professor. She doesn’t believe in pseudo-science, or time travel and especially not in ghosts. So when she gets a missed call from Charlie, her closest friend from university with whom she hasn’t spoken in over a year, Helen thinks there must be some mistake. Because Charlie died two days ago.“
What are you looking forward to reading in next month? Are we going to be reading any of the same books? Let me know below!