Whatcha Reading? April 2022

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Welcome back to Whatcha Reading? Our blog post discussing some of the AMAZING books we read in April!

Want even more great recs? Check out OwlCrate Jr's monthly wrap up as well!

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
The Chalk Man

During the month of April I was in the mood for reading a bunch of thrillers, which is rare for me! My favorite one I read was The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in less than 24 hours! It gave me a lot of Stephen King vibes. You follow a group of 12 year old boys growing up in the 80's. It flashes back from present day to their childhood where a lot of disturbing things happened. It's definitely creepy though, and has a lot of mature content, so be aware of that if you're interested in picking it up!


— Korrina

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White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
White Smoke
White Smoke is my third Tiffany D. Jackson book and I can now safely save she's a new favorite author! In this book we follow Mari and her family as they have relocated to a new town, and a new house, thoughtfully provided for Mari's mom for free as part of her new job. Trouble is, this new start doesn't go well when the house seems to be more than they bargained for. Doors open and close on their own, shadows pass in hallways, objects disappear, and one must not go into the basement. This was an awesome haunted house story that had a mind bending twist!

Black Sun
by Rebecca Roanhorse
Black Sun

Black Sun was EPIC. Inspired by pre-Columbian Americas, this multi-POV fantasy did everything I needed! It's full of prophecies, mythology, intrigue, betrayal, and high seas adventure, and the ending had me itching to pick up book two like, yesterday. Lucky for us the sequel was released last week! Run, don't walk, to get your hands on this incredible book.




— Cori

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Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

If you read Pet by Akwaeke Emezi and, like me, were completely enthralled by the darkly vibrant tone and story, then you need to read this newly released prequel. In this story, we get to meet many of the parents and figures we were introduced to in Pet, only we meet them now in a former version of Lucille, overrun by monsters and on the brink of revolution. Amid the almost daily protests, Bitter struggles to find her place in a world that's crying out for change. And it's from a deep place of anger, hurt, pain, and fear that Bitter opens a gate to something old, powerful, and possibly dangerous.

This is a truly incredible story that centers discussions of mental health, justice, art as activism, and the complexities of violence in social revolution. It's not totally necessary to read this before Pet, but please, read both.

— Shanleigh

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Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon
Hello, Molly!

This month I read the brand new memoir Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon and I'm still thinking about it. I have been a Molly Shannon (super)fan since I was about 11-years-old. I was blown away by the explosively hilarious energy she had on screen as a cast member of Saturday Night live, but I really had no idea what resilience and vulnerability there was behind the funny woman I loved so much. Getting the chance to read her life story was like having a deliciously long dinner with an old friend. I cried tears of laughter and heartache, and I cannot wait to go back and start it again as an audiobook so I can hear it in her voice. What a superstar!

— Sally

What great books have you read lately? Let us know in the comments!

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