Welcome to another reading wrap up! This month was a mixed bag. I did not have a lot of time to blog, but apparently, I did have enough time to read. And it was an interesting reading month.
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I had some really disappointing reads, but I’ve also had one that’s probably going to be on my end of the year list. So truly a wild ride. Let’s get into it.
First thing I finished was Once & Future. This is a Sci-Fi retelling of the Arthurian legend and I had such high hopes for it that weren’t really fulfilled. While this is incredibly diverse and does some interesting things, I found the writing style too erratic, and I felt like it made the whole story break apart. If you want to know more of my thoughts, my review can be found HERE.
Next, I read Laws of Physics by Penny Reid, which was another installment in her Hypothesis series and I really enjoyed it, though not as much as the first one. I loved Mona, the main character so much and could totally relate to her, so she made up for the fact that I found the romance a bit insta-lovey and cringey at times. I have a more in-depth review on my Goodreads, if you want to see more of my thoughts, but I would recommend this, definitely.
As you may or may not know, I absolutely love Hoang’s debut – The Kiss Quotient last year. And I was super hyped for this one. I found it to be really good on multiple fronts, including the great representation. However, the romance itself didn’t really do it for me, since it is built on a really big power imbalance and a huge secret. I just have a hard time connecting with relationships like that. I would still recommend this one, and if you want to see more of my thoughts, you can find them HERE.
Absolutely loved this as well! Talia never disappoints – if you want diverse, serious yet hopeful romances that are really well-written, these books are for you! I have a whole series review HERE, if you’re interested.
I ADORED THIS BOOK. It’s been a while since I’ve really fallen in love with a cast of characters and I missed it terribly. But Red, White & Royal Blue did that. I adore every single character in this book and it left me feeling so happy and warm and hopeful. This will probably be on my end of the year list and I am so happy that I got to read it early. Please pick it up as soon as it’s out! Full review can be found HERE.
Women & Power was really great. Mary Beard is a really good writer and she’s really good at making a point and getting it across. Her arguments are really tight and well-articulated. On top of all that, I think the examples (both current and classical) she uses are really great for both making a point, but also keeping the reader engaged. Highly recommend this.
I really enjoyed this as well. I think there’s so much to love in this one – a really strong heroine that’s easy to root for, great discussions of culture and identity, complex family relationships… But ultimately, this lacked a driving force and it was off-paced, so I couldn’t rate it higher, but I still wholeheartedly recommend it. I have a full review for it HERE.
Finally, I just finished this one and it was okay. I really loved the characters – the heroine is this kick-ass black doctor and single mother, and the hero is a really masculine nanny, which is just brilliant. But while I loved them individually, I just did not feel a lot for them as a couple. But there were kids and they were cute.
Here’s how I did this month:
It was a lot of good romance, and the rest was just meh. I really wanted to love Once & Future but I think I expected too much of that book. But I am still satisfied with how I did this month. It was fun!
I’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in April? I’d love to know!
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