Our Most Anticipated April Releases

Happy Wednesday, Savvy Readers!

Though we can’t believe it’s almost the end of March (where has the time gone?!), we couldn’t be more excited for April to come along! Why, you ask? Because there are SO. MANY. AMAZING. BOOKS. hitting stores during the month of April. Think we’re exaggerating? Check out the list below!

out of thin air

Out of Thin Air by Anthony Adeane

Release date: April 3rd

Crime is basically non-existent in Iceland. So when two local men disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1974, it obviously shocked the community. After almost a year with no leads, Erla Bolladottir, a local crook, and 5 of her acquaintances confessed to killing the two men. But the more time goes on, the more their story falls apart, and the question becomes: why confess to a murder you didn’t commit? As a bonus: there’s a documentary on Netflix to accompany the reading.

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Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

Release date: April 10th

Deep in the tech world that is Silicon Valley, Sophia Young finds herself working directly under the eccentric, yet genius, CEO Scott Kraft (think Steve Jobs). Miraculously, Sophia finds herself the only member of the company able to keep some sort of reins on Kraft, and as a result becomes addicted to her job, where she learns to take control of her career the way the men in the Valley all seem to do. But after leaving Kraft for a job with another tech guru Andre Stark, Sophia learns that a high-status career may not be worth the sacrifices.

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Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Release date: April 17th

Penny and Hattie are sisters with many secrets not just from the world, but from each other. After Penny’s husband is killed, something the sisters themselves are behind, the two retreat to their family home to ride out the investigation. But under the stress of all their secrets, their sisterhood bond begins to crack. Is your debt ever fully paid when a sister says “You owe me”?

home for unwanted girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Release date: April 17th

Taking place in Quebec in the 1950s, this mother-daughter story is guaranteed to pull at your heart strings. After getting pregnant at the age of 15, Maggie Hughes is forced by her parents to give  her daughter, Elodie, up for adoption. Elodie grows up in an orphanage, but at the age of 17 is released having grown out of the system. From there, the pair’s lives intertwine but never fully cross. Still unable to forget the daughter she gave up, Maggie must decide how much she is willing to give up to reconnect with her lost daughter.

the dutch wife

The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

Release date: April 24th

Fans of The Alice Network will love this historical fiction book by Ellen Keith. Taking place in Amsterdam in the 1940s, the story follows Marijke de Graaf after she is arrested, separated from her husband, and sent to a German concentration camp. It is there that she realizes that her only real chance of survival is to join the camp brothel. But then she crosses paths with SS officer Karl Müller, an officer who only joined the army to please his father, but who longs for an escape from the brutality of his job. Is he the key to her safety?

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Steak Revolution by Rob Firing

Release date: April 24th

With spring, comes summer and we couldn’t be more ready to get some steaks on the grill for a backyard dinner. Enter Rob Firing‘s cookbook. Perfect for the steak connoisseur, or someone who simple wants to know a little more about how to properly cook a steak, this cookbook is a must have for your next BBQ.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Release date: April 24th

Your prayers have been answered: there’s a sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! This book follows Simon’s BFF Leah as she navigates the trials of senior year: fights in her friend group, the stress of prom and the pressures of college. On top of all that, she can’t seem to muster the courage to tell her friends she’s bisexual (not even Simon!) AND she finds herself crushing on one of her friends. Talk about teen drama!

the fates divide

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Release date: April 10th

Bestselling author Veronica Roth is back with the second installment of Carve the Mark. Returning characters Cyra and Akos are defined by their fates, determined at birth. Once Cyra father returns to the throne (he was once thought to be dead), Akos fears that his destiny, to die serving Cyra’s family, is closer than he once thought. The only way to stop him is for Cyra to kill her father, or for Akos to give up his own life! This book is full of twists and turns that will have Cyra and Akos questioning how fate really defines their lives.

You all grow up and leave me

You All Grow Up and Leave Me by Piper Weiss

Release date: April 10th

Author Piper Weiss was 14 when her tennis coach, Gary Wilensky committed suicide after his failed kidnapping attempt of a teenage student. It is then that she discovered that Wilensky was not just a coach, but a child predator with a secret torture chamber in a secluded Adirondacks rental. Yet even after the scandal broke, she can’t help feeling protective of him, and disappointed that he hadn’t chosen her. This impossible-to-put-down memoir, 20 years after the fact, takes us on Weiss‘ journey as she looks back on the scandal that shaped her teenage years.

the power of kindness

The Power of Kindness by Brian Goldman

Release date: April 24th

Dr. Brian Goldman was always of a caring nature, but the stress and expectations of his career began to make him question whether he was the same caring doctor he always thought he was. He began to wonder what kindness truly looked like, not just within himself, but in others. So Goldman left the comfort of the hospital to explore kindness in the world at large, and investigate why it is so important to our existence. This book follows that journey, from MRI scans to a nursing home in rural Pennsylvania, and everything in between.

magnolia table

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets

Release date: April 24th

TV host Joanna Gaines is back with her newest (cook)book! This collections features 125 recipes that range from breakfast to dinner to small plates and snacks, with both American classics and some personal family favourites. Not to mention it has some gorgeous images! This book is perfect for not just the Joanna Gaines fan, but for anyone who loves to bring family together over a good meal.

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Why Young Men by Jamil Jivani

While Jamil Jivani followed the straight and narrow path, attending Yale, becoming a lawyer and later a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, he is no stranger to the troubles facing young men of marginalized communities. Having grown up in a mostly immigrant community in Toronto, he understood the backgrounds of the men behind the 2015 Paris terror attack. He also lived in the same neighbourhood as those responsible for the Brussels terror attack. So how could men from the similar backgrounds grow up to vastly different futures? In this book, Jivani explores this question and offers arguments for a change in the way society looks at young men.


Well there you have it, readers! And don’t forget, that’s just SOME of the amazing books you will see hitting shelves this April! Which ones are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

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