What I Read in April

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March and April have been weird months, spent mostly at home. Even though I had more time to read, it was hard to concentrate in March, so I didn’t manage to finish any book that month. But in April my headspace got much better. I read a total of six books, some of them I wanted to read for a long time, others I just needed to finish.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit was a book I bought I few years ago and that I just hadn’t finished. It is a study made through the analysis of multiple studies and interviews with people about how they did change their habits, and how companies use them as a weapon to make us buy more. I personally think this book is ok, it does explain the power of habits.

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated is a memoir I had heard great things about and was very excited to read. Besides being influenced by the great reviews, the main theme of the memoir also called my attention. Tara Westover was born in a survivalist Mormon family that was very suspicious of the federal government, doctors, hospitals and public schools. As a result, she was technically home-schooled, but in practice she self learned everything. At the age of 17 she enrolled in university and entered a classroom for the first time; as of today, Tara is a graduate of Brigham Young college, and has gotten a master’s degree and doctorate from Cambridge.

I had very high expectations for this book, and those expectations were met. I loved the way she wrote it, and that she actually had a meaningful story to tell.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a classic I decided to read for three main reasons: 1) It is considered to be one of the best fiction books from the 20th Century; 2) The plot seemed like something I would love; 3) Amazon kept recommending it to me for months. I also later found out this was one of the favorite books from some of my friends and journalists that I admire, so the expectations were high. And… I probably need to read it again.

The story of Brave New World happens in the year 632 after Ford, in a society that is so obsessed with order and productivity that monogamy has been banned, and all humans were lab made and raised in a way they can fit in a specific role and place in the hierarchy. I did like the plot, but I felt it was a bit flat. And that I need to read it again, because I might be missing something.

The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I’m not a fan of Amy Schumer, never thought she was that funny, and I only bought this book because it was on a massive sale. Nothing against Amy Schumer, we just don’t have the same sense of humor.

This book is Schumer’s memoir, and she talks about her life until 2016 (year of the book’s publication). Maybe what she wrote was funny back then, but honestly… Why did I buy this book? Nothing against the content, but, when I finished it, I just wanted to send an email to Amy saying:

Dear Amy,

I don’t care about your vagina. This is not a vagina specific book, so stop talking about yours. I’m not your gynecologist, or significant other, I don’t need to know the details about your vagina.

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

 The Waves is considered to be Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece. While I do think it is beautifully written, it is also utterly boring.

The first 50 pages were kind of difficult to read, and this is coming from a person that loves classics. While the writing was poetic, it makes you feel like you’re in a wave, the plot was shallow and boring.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I first heard about this book in March 2019 on American Marie Claire, and I remembered being very excited to read it. Thankfully, I just read it now. Back in 2019 I had very high expectations, but throughout the past 4 months I saw very good and bad reviews about this book, so my expectations were no longer that high.

Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story (through interviews) of the fictional band of the same name. They were a very successful band that, at the peak of their career, more specifically in 12 July 1979, decided to split. This was a very entertaining book; it is perfect for when you are in a reading rut. But that’s it.

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