April 2023 | What to Read this Month

Spring has sprung and those April showers are going to be perfect for curling up with a good book! I am looking forward to so many great books this month. We have found:

  • mysterious libraries,
  • an old fashioned “enemies to lovers” wedding romance,
  • leadership tips from the guy in charge (I don’t know about you but I really love leadership books that are outside of my wheelhouse – this month’s is authored by the longest active duty Navy SEAL. That is something I am…not),
  • a fantasy book with a cover you just cannot pass by
  • a teen fiction mystery about lost time and dissociative identity disorder
  • and, a sweet picture book for the kids about a group of pigeons that help their artistic friend’s work get displayed in a museum

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Let’s turn pages!


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April 2023 | What to Read

The Last Heir to Blackwood Library | Hester Fox

Publishing Date

April 4, 2023


Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Plus One | Mazey Eddings

Publishing Date

April 4, 2023


Romance, Women’s Fiction

What starts out as a fake wedding date turns into something these childhood enemies never expected in The Plus One, a sparkling romantic comedy by Mazey Eddings.

She’s not looking to fix him. She’s looking to love him, if he’ll let her in.

Some facts are indisputable. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west. Gravity exists. Indira doesn’t like Jude. Jude doesn’t like Indira. But what happens when these childhood enemies find the only thing they can rely on is each other?

On paper, Indira has everything together. An amazing job, a boyfriend, and a car. What more could a late twenty-something ask for? But when she walks in on her boyfriend in an amorous embrace with a stranger, that perfect on paper image goes up in flames.

Jude has nothing together. A doctor that’s spent the last three years traveling the world to treat emergencies and humanitarian crises, a quick trip home for his best friend’s wedding has him struggling to readjust.

Thrust into an elaborate (and ridiculously drawn out) wedding event that’s stressing Jude beyond belief and has Indira seeing her ex and his new girlfriend far more frequently than any human should endure, the duo strike a bargain to be each other’s fake dates to this wedding from hell. The only problem is, their forced proximity and fake displays of affection are starting to feel a bit…real, and both are left grappling with the idea that a situation that couldn’t be worse, is made a little better with the other around.

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)  |  Admiral William H. McRaven

Publishing Date

April 4, 2023


Non-Fiction, Leadership, Motivation

Tress of the Emerald Sea | Brandon Sanderson

Publishing Date

April 4, 2023



The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?

Pieces of Me | Kate McLaughlin

Publishing Date

April 18, 2023


Teen YA, Girls & Women

When eighteen-year-old Dylan wakes up, she’s in an apartment she doesn’t recognize. The other people there seem to know her, but she doesn’t know them – not even the pretty, chiseled boy who tells her his name is Connor. A voice inside her head keeps saying that everything is okay, but Dylan can’t help but freak out. Especially when she borrows Connor’s phone to call home and realizes she’s been missing for three days.

Dylan has lost time before, but never like this.

Soon after, Dylan is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and must grapple not only with the many people currently crammed inside her head, but that a secret from her past so terrible she’s blocked it out has put them there. Her only distraction is a budding new relationship with Connor. But as she gets closer to finding out the truth, Dylan wonders: will it heal her or fracture her further?

This Art Is for the Birds | Susan Bednarski

Publishing Date

April 4, 2023


Children’s Picture Books

Can four determined pigeons get their friend’s artwork into a museum? Never underestimate the power of persistence and pigeonuity.

Alex the Crow is an artist, and his pigeon friends think his work belongs in the museum. But how will they get it there? With persistence and pigeonuity, the four friends hatch a plan to help their friend achieve his dream. The New York art world will never be the same!

With gorgeous traditional watercolor illustrations, debut author-illustrator Susan Bednarski crafts a story celebrating the joy of art. The innocent enthusiasm of the characters adds charm as they creatively problem solve and believe that anything is possible. Readers can spot famous artworks and landmarks as the pigeons pursue their bird-brained schemes to share Alex’s art with the world. This picture book is both a great story time read aloud and also a useful tool for teaching growth mindset in a classroom or library setting.

last month’s Popular Book Club Picks

Which ones will you be reading this month?

Note: Many of our books were read courtesy of NetGalley ARCs. While this does give us a sneak peak all suggestions and opinions are our own – we have no obligation to provide positive reviews. We will never recommend books we would not read ourselves or share with our own family. Additionally, italicized descriptions are from the publisher. Throughout the month we are so excited to discuss our opinions on all these picks – please join us here, on our Bookstagram, and in our Facebook discussion group!

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