Since April is synonymous with rain (and lots of it), why not wait out the torrential downpour with a good book? Consider it the perfect fallback excuse for staying indoors instead of trudging around the streets soaking wet. If you need a recommendation, we've rounded up six page-turners that'll keep you enraptured until those long-awaited flowers arrive.
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1. LAB GIRL BY HOPE JAHREN
Science geeks will relish this memoir by Hope Jahren, a geobiologist (translation: studier of trees, flowers, and soil) who chronicles everything from her humble upbringing in rural Minnesota, where she toiled in her father's science lab, to her transatlantic medical adventures with her brilliant, wounded research partner and best friend, Bill.
Available at Amazon | $17
2. MILLER'S VALLEY BY ANNA QUINDLEN
Anna Quindlen is well-versed in writing about the subtle intricacies of domestic life, and her lovely prose returns in this story about a young woman named Mimi Miller who begins to discover some of her family's long-held secrets in the face of a looming threat that their valley (and home for the past several years) will be flooded.
Available at Amazon | $14
3. ELIGABLE BY CURTIS SITTENFELD
This modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts Liz, a 30-something magazine writer living in New York City, as Elizabeth, who grapples with the affections of Chip Bingley, a handsome doctor fresh off the reality TV circuit, and his neurosurgeon friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. It gives Bridget Jones's Diary a run for its money.
Available at Amazon | $19
4. Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
Set against the bustling backdrop of 1980s New York City, Molly Prentiss's vibrant debut centers around the lives of three creatives desperate to make a name for themselves: a New York Times art critic, an exiled Argentinian painter, and a small town girl. Equally intriguing is the love triangle that forms between them.
Available at Amazon | $13
5. Maestra by L.S. Hilton
Ever since Gillian Flynn dominated the book club circuit (and the big screen) with her psychological thriller Gone Girl, everyone's been waiting for the next mystery to sink their teeth into. Maestra, a story about a London auction house assistant named Judith who moonlights as a high-class escort, is it. The best part? It's the first in a trilogy.
Available at Amazon | $17
6. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
Whether you've experienced the often hilarious innerworkings of the fashion industry first-hand or just enjoy being a fly on the wall, you'll be thoroughly entertained by Tia Williams's juicy look at the new media landscape. (As a veteran magazine editor who's worked for Elle, Lucky, and Glamour, among other titles, she knows what she's talking about.) Her loosely autobiographical story follows a 40-year-old former publishing honcho who winds up working for an online street style mag—and becomes involved with one of the millennials who works there.
Available at Amazon | $16