Welcome to my April Wrap Up! WHAT EVEN IS TIME ANYMORE? Time is canceled. I hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves. I also hope you’re also reading good books. Let’s talk about the stuff I read this past month.
First, let’s get Women’s Prize reads out of the way, with a short summary of the books:
The Dutch House – 2 stars
this book would not know nuance if it hit it on the hand
Girl by Edna O’ Brien – 1 star
this was just bad
How We Disappeared – 4 stars
finally a GOOD book, highly recommend
If you want to know my thoughts about the shortlist, you can find them here. And now for the rest of the reads!
I am having so much fun with this series. I find the concept so appealing, and the books just keep on getting better for me. I really liked seeing some of the characters from previous books again, and I really enjoyed that we visited two different worlds in this installment. I cannot recommend this series more, every single hype review was right. Audiobooks for these are SUPERB, so try and get them if you can.
This is obviously not the greatest book in existence, but it is the most important in my existence and rereading it constitutes self-care. If you want to read my very spoilery thoughts on it, you can find them here.
The marketing for this book is interesting because it makes it out to be this really light and fluffy read which it sort of isn’t? Of course, this is a romance, there’s a happy end, and the relationship in here is really well-written, but this book focuses on the main character’s growth as much as it does on the romance. All the romance I read nowadays is really good at exploring all sorts of issues and themes, but this one felt like it just went an extra mile on that. I loved the topics of grief and family in here, and it was a really wonderful, surprising read. Review coming soon.
I was craving a hate-to-love romance, and I decided to go with this one, and I am so glad I did! It was delightful, with well-written characters and a relationship that made sense. I think it developed really organically and the characters themselves really grew throughout the novel. I would highly recommend and I cannot wait to check out the rest of the series.
Finally, I read Clap When You Land and while I think that it explored some of the themes really poignantly, I had a hard time connecting with the prose poetry style. It worked when issues of culture and coming of age were discussed, but I found that the grief and the main issue of the book just did not translate for me due to the style. I also feel like this was too long and repetitive at times. I’d still recommend it, but it wasn’t for me personally. Review to come soon.
And here are my stats for the month of April:
I’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in April? I’d love to know!
In the meantime, happy reading
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