Rainy Day Books for April

Rainy Day Books for April

I've got this love/hate relationship with April.

In the Midwest, it's an in-between month. Old Man Winter digs his heels in hard every year, and April is the month that usually is able to root him up and kick him out for the the rest of the year. I love that trees start to bloom and grass turns green. That said, it's one of those stick-your-head-out-a-window-and-discover-it's-still-pretty-crappy-out kind of months.

If you find yourself hunkering down for a few more weeks until the weather really turns for good—but you're still yearning for a little outdoor adventure, these rainy day books will take you there without the muss and fuss of having to actually go outside:

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The Bear by Claire Cameron

A harrowing outdoorsy adventure for two kids trying to survive the wilderness after bears have made appetizers out of Mom and Dad. Not for the squeamish, but very moving.

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

What would Dr. Singh find in the Amazon? What is Dr. Swenson working on? Whatever happened to Anders? I had to know the answers! I found the story fairly engrossing and several notches above typical “chick lit” writing, which can sometimes grow weary after a few chapters. I appreciated Marina’s physical and emotional journey, and that readers got a little bit … no … a big payoff in the end.

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Quite literally stuck in the middle of an ocean, lighthouse keepers Izzy and Tom long for a family of their own. So is it wrong when just maybe the way it happens is by virtue of a baby in a boat? Love, longing and lies make this a tremendous story with a heart-wrenching ending.

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Mermaids, mystery, and long swims in the cold, cold river set the scene for this love story, which also tackles the father-daughter dynamic and horrendous work conditions of early 1900s New York City.

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

The Linders are a good-fortuned family of ranchers in Kansas, faced with the untimely death of their eldest son, Hugh-Jay. Jody, his daughter, is raised by her grandparents until she is old enough to live on her own. And she’s shocked—SHOCKED!—when she finds out the man sent to prison for her father’s death and mother’s disappearance is released from prison 23 years later. So who really offed Hugh-Jay? Was it Billy? His brother Chase? Hugh-Jay’s shrew of a wife, Laurie? Hell, was it 3-year-old Jody? The book had me guessing the whole time, and I was STILL wrong.

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