Battle of the book clubs – April!

Oprah proves yet again that she does NOT give in to the standard, oh no! Oprah has picked her 100th book – congratulations on that milestone – and we’re mid-march. So this will be a march/april read for me (most likely april since march is packed already!) Some celebrity book club picks get early spoilers so I’ll include those as they are revealed until they are officially confirmed. And as I learned last month, some book clubs have regular days, like Reese’s book club that announces it the first tuesday in the month. Which in April will be the 4th. (So let’s see if it’s accurate then.) Read with Jenna has been fairly consistent on the first day of the month, once she even announced it the day before! (We gotta love that!) In the meantime I’m enjoying the march books – but enjoy the view of the upcoming reads.

Oprah’s book club: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Ann Napolitano has been on my favorites list since 2020 when a fellow bookworm recommended I read “Dear Edward” (I am forever in her debt for that one!) You may have heard of this once since it’s now a series on Appletv+ and it’s phenomenal!

Needless to say, when I heard Napolitano had a new book coming out, I marked my calendar and was ready to run to the bookstore. And then 2 hours after I had my hands on it – Oprah announced it as her 100th pick. A wonderful coincidence for me, a milestone for Oprah and undoubtedly a life changing thing for Napolitano. Oprah is THE OG bookstagrammer. Every book she touches turns to gold. I cannot wait to read this one. Hopefully I’ll have time to start it sooner rather than later. I desperately want to follow Oprah’s chapters and talks on this one.

Reese’s book club: Romantic comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

This is a rare pick for Reese’s book club because it’s a repeat author. In May 2018 she chose Curtis Sittenfeld’d book “You think it, I’ll say it” and if you ask me, that has been one of her best picks! I absolutely loved that collection of short stories and gave it five stars, so needless to say I’m excited about this pick!

Romantic comedy expected publication is April 4, 2023

GMA book club: Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose

A twisty, domestic suspense debut about a clique of mothers that shatters when one of their own is murdered, bringing chaos to their curated lives.

This Mystery/thriller sounds perfect for easter! If you don’t already know, easter is high season for reading thrillers in Scandinavia.

Expected publication: April 4

Read with Jenna: Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

In the far north of Canada sits Camp Zero, an American building project hiding many secrets.

Part science fiction, party fantasy, part mystery, what’s not to love? And it’s being marketed as a cross between the power and station eleven. (I’ll believe that when I read it!)

But with a Korean-Canadian protagonist, I can’t wait to read this! This looks like the kind of book with just the right amount of kick to set it apart from the others.

Expected publication: March 30

Diverse Spines: The house of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

Diverse spines picked Reeses february pick for their april pick! One less book for me to read this month since I’ve already read this one. It was a three star read for me, not bad, but not spectacular either.

Books that matter: The human origins of Beatrice Porter and other essential ghosts by Soraya Palmer

A debut novel with magical elements and folktales told by a mischevous narrator. About two sisters navigating growing up, their fathers affair and their mothers illness.

I have to admit that magical realism for me, is either a hit or a miss, and its more often a miss than a hit. But it sounds promising, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

Belletrist: A likely story by Leigh McMullan Abramson

This is a book about books type thing. The story is about generations of writers and a daughters need to live up to her fathers career.

I also saw that there’s a book within a book, and if I have to read through the writer in the story’s writing, to me, that’s not a two for one, that’s an annoying sidestep. (And while Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow is my favorite book, the sidestep there didn’t really please me either!)

So I’m not overly hyped about this book, but I’ll give it a shot since it’s already in my e-reader.

Amerie’s bookclub: If I survive you by Jonathan Escoffery

This book was actually a Belletrist bookclub pick towards the end of 2022, but I didn’t read it then, so I’m glad there is another chance to have something pushing me towards it.

This book gives us short stories that are interconnected like a caleidoscope about a Jamaican family in Miami.

It has been described as a stand out and exciting new voice, and since I love books that are different, I have high hopes for this one! Also love that Amerie picked an older book so its not just new releases!