My April Reads

April showers bring May flowers, and it turns out April also brings crazy hot temperatures in 2022! We are experiencing a real feel of 85 today, and it is only halfway through April!

You know what this means, though? It’s time to sit in the air conditioning and curl up with a good book.

Just in case you don’t see the book you are looking for, feel free to head over to My March Reads to see some additional books I have finished recently!

Before We Get Started…

As you may or may not know, I have recently started writing for Amazon’s latest platform, Kindle Vella. Kindle Vella is a space where authors can release their works one episode (or chapter) at a time. My first ever Vella story is officially complete, and I would love any additional reads!

I’m Still Me by Kristen Dutkiewicz

The first THREE episodes are completely free to read with Kindle Vella, and if you like what you see, you can purchase tokens in order to download the rest.

I’m Still Me by Kristen Dutkiewicz

Description: What started as annoying, yet nonthreatening, quickly changed every aspect of LeeAnn Taylor’s life. Engaged to her high school sweetheart, and a successful Kindergarten teacher, LeeAnn loved her life. As she hugged her students farewell on their last day of school, she felt a tingling sensation on her nose and assumed it was a side effect of her emotions. Two months later, she had a diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. Luckily, LeeAnn was a fighter. And she would not have to fight alone.

CLICK HERE to get started today!

Reading in April

April is my birthday month, and I was very lucky to celebrate by reading some incredible books! Let’s start taking a look at all that I have read since last month…

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

The Real Michael Swann

Published in 2018

Julia Swann’s husband, Michael, is at Penn Station (on the phone with her actually!) when a bomb literally goes off, putting hundreds of lives in danger.

Now Julia’s mind is racing with questions as she tries to care for her two boys at home…

Is Michael alive?

Is he hurt?

And once investigators begin digging deeper, the harder question surfaces:

Did Michael have something to do with this attack?

Such a great twist used for the ending of this book and a fast read that will surely hold your attention until the end.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose Angie Thomas

Published in 2021

If you were like me and loved The Hate U Give, you need to read Concrete Rose which takes you back in time to when Maverick first became a father,

This book shows him stand up as a man and put his family above all else, making difficult choices but understanding right from wrong.

On a lighter note, there were a couple sections of this one that made me laugh out loud! Who doesn’t enjoy a little humor in their book.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman


Published in 2018

This little romance graphic novel has me over here rooting for this potential couple, Nick and Charlie!

I loved the simple illustrations, the conversations and the progression of their relationship in Heartstopper.

I am 100% about to to start the second book in this series right now and I can’t wait.

The Body by Stephen King

The Body

Published in 1982

Stand By Me has always been one of my favorite movies, and I can’t believe this is my first time reading The Body!

I loved every minute, and now after reading it, really appreciate the film version even more.

In case you haven’t heard of it, your best friends set out to discover the body of a missing boy.

This is a coming of age story at its finest, and Stephen King really captures the final year of adolescence – of wonder.

A short read, and one that I will most likely revisit!

Once There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

Published in 2021

Inti travels to Scotland with her sister, Aggie to assist with leading a team hoping to release wolves back into the wild. After a traumatic event occurred while living in Alaska, neither sister is the same, and Inti is about to try her hardest to not only save the wolves, but to save her sister.

The townspeople are concerned wolves will attack their children, their neighbors, their livestock and when the first person is found dead, Inti refuses to believe it was because of the wolves.

But then who was it?

LOVED all of the details and facts about wolves and definitely loved how fierce of a bond these two sisters shared. A terrific story with an ending that had me on the edge of my seat.

Most of all, I loved how Inti felt everything. Like fully and completely because of a special gift. This left her character incredibly vulnerable and I felt such a connection to her. Another one of my favorite characters of 2022!

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

What Happened to the Bennetts

Published in 2022

The Bennett family is your typical All-American family but one night during a car-jacking, an unbelievable tragedy strikes. And the Bennett family will never be the same.

The beginning of this story had me on the verge of tears and I clung to every page. After their involvement with something much bigger than “just a carjacking,” the Bennetts have to enter the witness protection program.

The book took a dramatic shift in tone here and became much more fast paced and action packed. I really did enjoy learning what happened to prompt the men showing up at the Bennetts car, and I also liked learning some ins and outs of witness protection.

The ending was predictable yet satisfying. Lisa Scottoline simply has a gift for writing, and I can pretty much guarantee as long as she is writing books, I am reading them.

Books Courtesy of NetGalley

Each of the following books were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

The Younger Wife

Published in 2022

Sally Hepworth definitely has a way of writing that sucks you and makes you want to keep going until you reach the ending – this book is just another example of how much I loved her characters!

A wedding that is doomed to end in disaster featuring the husband, the ex-wife, the younger wife, and the two grown daughters. Everyone has a secret, and readers learn them all one at a time.

I particularly liked the relationship between the sisters in this one. Overall a very fun reading that kept me entertained the whole way through!

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki

Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post

Published in 2022

n enjoyable tale of the infamous Marjorie Merriweather Post that did a brilliant job depicting her life’s ups and downs.

Marjorie lead the empire that today is known as General Foods and also contributed to the building of Mar-a-largo, among many other ventures.

All of this while being married four times!

Unfortunately I never really developed a connection to Marjorie, but I can certainly appreciate her stamp on history. This is a historical fiction piece that goes above and beyond by showing Marjorie’s life from the beginning through her end, and anyone can tell TONS of research must have gone into it!

Happy Reading!

Have you read any of the books in this blog post? Let me know in the comments!

Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

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