5 Books for Your Nightstand: What to Read This April

The arrival of spring brings with it a sudden and revitalizing inclination to swap out the old for the new, and reading material is no exception. Whether you’re an avid evening reader, or someone who’s looking to get into the relaxing bedtime habit (out with the habit of not reading, and in with the habit of reading, right?), here’s your guide to the top books that deserve a place on your nightstand this month.

 
The Bed Moved by Rebecca
Schiff

Read it because: it’s going to have you laughing out loud. Rebecca Schiff’s nonfiction debut, which shares everything from Schiff’s experience growing up kind of Jewish to making her way as a young woman in the world, is refreshingly honest, observant, and expressive. Plus, since it’s a collection of short stories, it’s super easy to end each day with a single “chapter” before going to sleep (though you might have trouble stopping at just one).

Read it if you like: Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake

 
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Read it because: you’ll fall in love with the mystery. First, there’s the literal mystery – one of the main characters, Roza, disappears suddenly and only one other character, Finn, saw what happened. Then, there’s the mystery that comes along with the story being told from multiple perspectives; as the reader, you’re constantly trying to piece together a puzzle where nothing fully makes sense until you hear it all from different points of view.

Read it if you like: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

 

 
The Sleep Revolution by
Arianna Huffington

Read it because: it’s about sleep, obviously. No, but really, aside from the fact that this book tackles our favorite subject, Arianna Huffington’s insistence that regaining control of our lives and our health all starts with getting better quality rest is a much-needed reflection on why it’s not only okay to slow down, but kind of necessary.

Read it if you like: Arianna Huffington’s Thrive

 

 
The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer

Read it because: you’re sure to get engrossed in the family drama. Ann Packer’s novel, which follows a California family in all of its trials and triumphs over the course of five decades, is an emotional journey that reminds you how we are shaped by our memories and bonds overtime – a theme that is sure to resonate with every reader, even if their family doesn’t mirror that of Packer’s Blair clan.

Read it if you like: Lisa Genova’s Inside the O’Briens

 

Love, Loss, and What We Ate 
by Padma Lakshmi

Read it because: it has some deep, deep insights into food. Padma Lakshmi’s captivating memoir traces her story from her childhood in India to her fast-paced career on TV and in front of the camera – all the while highlighting the role that food and eating have played along the way (that’s a part of her journey that we can definitely relate to).

Read it if you like: Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

 

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