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April 2019 Wrap Up

I’m actually so chuffed that I’m posting this in fairly good time! April turned out to be a pretty good reading month for me it seems. I participated in Kate’s Easter Readathon which you can read more about here but it seems I did most of my reading outside of that surprisingly. Keep on reading to find out what I read last month.

The first book I read this month was one I’d been meaning to pick up for the longest time and I’m so glad I finally got around to doing it! Vicious by V. E. Schwab is a book I’ve heard nothing but good things about, so I had high hopes. While it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and not like my usual reads, I did enjoy it nonetheless. The premise kept me intrigued throughout and the formatting was interesting too! You can read my full review here but I gave this book 4/5 stars!

Next I read Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, a book my good friends Lauren and Becky couldn’t wait to get their hands on. Seeing how much they loved the book made me so excited, and I hated having to tell them I didn’t love it as much as they did *sad Face*. A truly unique plot unlike anything I’ve read before, OWFS had my attention piqued and kept me hooked but unfortunately it didn’t sink its claws into me as much as I would have liked. However, there is a huge talking cat so that was a huge plus! This was a 3/5 star read for me, and you can check out my full thoughts here.

My third read of April, and my first book in the Easter Readathon, was Heartstopper by Alice Oseman and I am SO happy I finally picked this graphic novel up. It was super sweet with lots of representation and I raced through it in 25 minutes! I will be posting my review soon but it’s safe to say that I loved this book and I can’t wait for the sequel later this year.

I then read The Quiet At the End of the World by Lauren James which was my second and final book of the Easter Readathon. While I didn’t love this as much as Lauren’s previous novel ‘The Loneliest Girl in the Universe’, it was still an interesting and gripping read which took a direction I really wasn’t expecting it to! 3.5/5 stars.

The last two books I read in April are both by the same author and two books I’d heard nothing but amazing things about. Those books are Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I listened to the audiobook of Daisy Jones & The Six and it was just brilliant; I cannot believe that this book was meant to be read in any other format. There was a different narrator for each character which really brought them to life and added a whole other dimension to the story that made it so immersive and gripping. It felt as though I was listening to a real band talk about their history! It was so interesting to hear about a band forming and growing throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. Trigger warnings for drug abuse, alcoholism, addition and abortion. I gave Daisy Jones & The Six 4/5 stars!

Taylor Jenkins Reid may have actually just become an auto-buy author for me because I loved Evelyn Hugo even more than Daisy and the Six! I read the ebook of this story and raced through it. Can you believe it’s only £1.99 on Kindle right now? It’s hard to to say much about this story without giving anything away, and believe me it’s best to go in knowing next to nothing, but this book tells the story of Evelyn’s life with each husband marking a different time. I loved reading about Evelyn’s early life in Hollywood and watching her develop over the years. I definitely did not agree with a lot of the decisions Evelyn made but you cannot deny she is an awesome person. I do want to note that this book at times was quite dark and heavy, and I want to point out trigger warnings for abuse and domestic violence, homophobia, suicide, cancer and fatphobia/discussions of Hollywood beauty standards. There is also lots of representation such as characters of different races and sexual orientations.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a long way from my usual reads of fantasy tales, but I loved it nonetheless. This book is actually the first pick for the new e-book club I have formed with Rachael and Sophia which you can read about here. My full spoiler free review will be posted on 31st May but basically I loved this story and you should read it. I originally gave it 4.5 stars but I am definitely changing that to 5 because looking back it was just an incredible and gripping read from start to end.

And there we have it, a wrap up of the books I read in April! I’m actually really pleased that I managed to finish this many books and that I finally got around to a few that had been on my impending TBR. Have you read any of these books?

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7 Comments

  • Reply berriesandbooksblog

    What a lovely wrap up! You got around reading nice books and I really like your pictures!

    4th May 2019 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply bookloverkate

    Great wrap up, I definitely need to try read Other Words for Smoke, it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it as much as you’d hoped though ??

    6th May 2019 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess

    You read some excellent books!
    Such a shame that you didn’t enjoy Other Words for Smoke as much as you’d wanted – I’m reading it now and love the strangeness.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    7th May 2019 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply northernplunder

    lovely wrap up, i cant wait to start quiet tbh, itll be my first lauren james book and i hope it lives up to what i expect

    12th May 2019 at 11:49 am
  • Reply twobookthieves

    This is a lovely wrap up and it looks like you had a really good reading month!

    12th May 2019 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Ash Williams

    Lovely wrap up! t
    TQATEOTW is on my tbr for this month, it looks so good!

    17th May 2019 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply bookishcoffeeblog

    I just started Vicious! It is so good that you enjoyed it! I have also been meaning to pick it up forever! I am glad you had such a successful month!

    26th May 2019 at 8:28 am
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