Book Day! As usual I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show us Your Books. Here's what I read in April:
1) The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. I really liked most of this book, but any time you see an "If you liked Gone Girl..." quote on the cover you know what's coming. In this case I don't think it was necessary. I loved the setting of this book in Prohibition-era New York. The main character is a typist at a local police station who becomes enthralled with a beautiful, dramatic, and mysterious new girl in the secretarial pool. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if she'd played it straight rather than adding the twist ending, which I didn't really get. Is it a Fight Club scenario and there's actually only one person? Of if both people are real then who is who and who did what? I don't even know. [PS: Thanks to Audrey for sending me this one!]
2) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. This is the fifth installment in the Chief Inspector Armande Gamache mystery series, set in the idyllic (except for all the murders) small town of Three Pines in Quebec. I have been working my way slowly through the series. They remind me somewhat of Agatha Christie mysteries. Gamache is so dignified, with a from-another-era feel, and the town of Three Pines is very untouched-by-time, that I often forget the novels are set in the present day. They are a little slow-paced but in a good way. My only complaint with this one is that the previous four books, while part of a series, also work as standalone books, but this one seemed a little more unfinished.
3) The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle Alexandra and Iben Dissing Sandahl. I'm pretty sure this book will be my shortest read in 2017 when I look at my year-end statistics on GoodReads, but it is packed with good information. I underlined throughout and should go back to skim through it weekly! Perhaps more beneficial than the specific "parenting" techniques are the strategies and ideas about how to improve MY attitude which will then impact how I parent the kids, such as "reframing" (aka "looking on the bright side") and the emphasis on the togetherness side of hygge.
4) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This book is much more suited to wintertime but the library hold system has a mind of its own. It is a magical fairy tale style book set in medieval Russia, filled with myths and legends. This is the style of magic that I like best: The real world with magic around the edges. I was sad to leave it when I was done but very happy to find out this is going to be a trilogy! Thanks to Alexandra for recommending this one.