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April Wrap Up: A Mix of Disappointment and Excitement (so basically LIFE)

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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.

And another big milestone of the month was 900 followers! And I am hosting a giveaway for it HERE, so please go enter!

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.

once and future

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.

lawsofphysics

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.

the bride test

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.

that kind of guy

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.

red white royal blue

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 and power

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.

with the fire on high

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.

rafe

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:

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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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7 thoughts on “April Wrap Up: A Mix of Disappointment and Excitement (so basically LIFE)

  1. I’m sorry you were disappointed by a book you had high hopes for! Happened to me as well this month, and that’s always a bit sad. I still plan to read Once & Future, hopefully I’ll like it! My favourite read in April was Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, I truly fell in love with this book ♥ I hope you have a lovely month in May!

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