A year of backlist books continues with my backlist book challenge April Reads
April was full of fiction reads for me. I did read a couple of nonfiction books, but I definitely leaned more towards fiction reads in April.
Many of the books that I read this month have been in my to-be-read pile for a long time.
The fact that I finally picked them up means that my year of backlist books challenge is working. I am reading books that I own. I am also finding some books that I love and wish that I would have read before now.
Backlist Books April Reads
More Things In Heaven and Earth by Jeff High
More Things In Heaven and Earth was published in 2013. It is an example of why I love my backlist book challenge. I am finding so many good books that I knew nothing about because they were published years ago so are not being promoted.
More Things In Heaven and Earth is a fiction read set in Tennessee. The main character in the book is a doctor. He could have gone on to do great things in medical research, but instead, he decides to take a job in Watervalley, Tennessee in order to pay off his student loans. Click here to read my full review of More Things In Heaven and Earth.
Fire In Beulah by Rilla Askew
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riots. Over the last few years, several books have been written about the Tulsa Race Riots because it is a part of history that is often forgotten about.
Fire In Beulah though was published back in 2001 when very few people were talking about, let alone writing about, the Tulsa Race Riots. This is a historical fiction book that draws you in to a time and place most people know very little about. Click here to read my full review of Fire in Beulah and what I loved about the book and what warnings I have before you read it.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn was published in 1943. It was one of the most-read fiction books during WWII.
I have heard about A Tree Grows In Brooklyn for years, but it wasn’t until I read about it in When Books Went to War that I decided to finally pick it up. After reading it, I can totally see why it is a classic book that is still popular eighty years later. Click here to see my full review of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
This Light Between Us By Andrew Fukuda
This Light Between Us is one of the books that I picked up to continue learning more about Japanese Internment camps during WWII. It is considered YA historical fiction and was published in 2019. Click here for my full review.
No Such Thing As Can’t by Lisa and Tyler Sexton
No Such Thing As I Can’t is a Christian memoir published in 2020. Tyler Sexton is a pediatrician, but he isn’t just any pediatrician. Tyler Sexton, M.D. has cerebral palsy. As a kid, he endured multiple surgeries. He still lives his life in continual pain. His path to becoming a doctor was full of challenges that he had to overcome. Click here to see my full review.
Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
Glory Road is a southern fiction book published in 2019. Glory Road is the story of three generations of southern women as they navigate life and its challenges. I might have a new favorite fiction author. You can read my full review here.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Greenlights is Matthew McConaughey sharing his life story: what he went through, what he learned, and how it changed him. It was published in 2020. There was so much about this book I loved and so much that I didn’t. Click here to read my review and why I struggle to recommend this one.
Library by Matthew Battles
Library: An Unquiet History was published in 2003. It is a nonfiction book that shares the history of libraries. This book combines history and literature. It covers ancient libraries and modern ones. You can read my full review here.