Recently Read || April Edition

Great Scott, Batman! A book blog post! Yes, it has indeed been a hot minute since I made a book related blog post! The reason for that, up until recently I actually hadn’t read any books since that last book blog post.

What sparked my recent re-interest in reading again, was a video documentary on YouTube called BOOKSTORES: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content! Not only is it a visually stunning video, showing us some beautiful bookstores around the world, but it also has some interesting facts in it which will help you (well, they’re helping me anyway) read more books!

A few weeks ago, near the end of April I was out perusing the local bookstore, and not one, but two books caught my eye, and they were Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds and My Brother’s Name is Jessica. What’s interesting about that is that I’ve had little interest in picking up a book in the last few months, but as soon as I saw these I knew I had to get them and read them–and that’s just what I did–and in the space of a week while I was at it!

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

A brilliant book that any fan of Stranger Things should read. It’s a prequel, so even if you’ve only watched the first episode (or haven’t watched any) you can read this book without there being any spoilers, or being confused as to what is going on. I definitely recommend this one!

My Brother’s Name is Jessica by John Boyne

One evening Jason calls his family together to tell them that he’s been struggling with a secret for a long time. A secret which quickly threatens to tear them all apart. His parents don’t want to know and Sam simply doesn’t understand.
Because what do you do when your brother says he’s not your brother at all? That he’s actually your sister?

I haven’t read a John Boyne book since I was a teenager and read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas while I was in school. An extremely interesting read, all told through the eyes of a young 14 year old boy whose brother comes out to everyone as transgender, and the struggles that go along with it. Very raw, very real and an all round well told story!

As you’re reading this, I’m currently on my 2nd book of the month of May, so hopefully by the time next month’s recently read book post comes around, I’ll have more than just two books to share with you!

How is your reading currently going? Read anything interesting? Have any recommendations? Let me know 🙂


Published by Dean

My name is Dean Kealy and I am freelance writer/content creator from Ireland.

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