Hi pals, and welcome to my April wrap up!
March was a pretty slumpy month for me, only managing to read four books. However, April started off pretty strongly with the Easter Readthon and the excitement just continued throughout the month. I ended up finishing April having read thirteen books!
I’m actually even more impressed given the fact that I was still deep in my feels in another MCU rewatch, with the final episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the full season of Shadow and Bone. It was a pretty good month all round if I do say so myself.
Here is my April wrap up!
This was a super cute young adult romance, with themes of identity and self love featuring a plus size Black main character and Black side characters. It was the perfect Spring read and while there was some girl on girl hate that I don’t typically love and despite the plot kind of losing its way at times, I really enjoyed the MC’s character development. And just look at that beautiful cover!
This is a book I meant to pick up so long ago and really had no excuse for leaving this long. I devoured this verse novel in a matter of hours and one sitting! We follow Michael, a mixed race gay teen, as he comes to terms with his identity and sexuality, from his time at school up to enrolling at university and discovering the Drag Society. This was beautifully written and I was so drawn to Michael as a character. I can’t wait to read more from Dean Atta!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction and personal development books lately and while I didn’t really learn anything new or groundbreaking, it was a nice and easy read. I think younger people would gain more from this book than me personally.
This book was so insightful and thought provoking, and while it’s nobody’s responsibility to teach me about the issues this book discusses, I did learn things and I will certainly be doing more work myself. Reni Eddo-Lodge writes about intersectionality, white privilege, white privilege and feminism, race and class, systematic racism and more and it definitely opened my eyes even further to my own privilege and how Black British history is not truly reflected in the education system.
If you’ve read some of my posts in the past, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Katee Robert and am actually a subscriber of her Patreon. Touch of Taboo is one of my favourite adult romance series, and while this wasn’t the best (in my opinion) of the four published so far, it was still enjoyable. The title is basically the entire plot: a young woman seduces her guardian who she has only seen once a year on her birthday… until now.
I loved The Roommate by Rosie Danan, so it’s no surprise that I loved the follow up novel too, in which we follow side characters from the first book. This was soft, smutty and sex positive – everything I enjoy! Featuring two well developed and endearing characters with Jewish rep, and a slow burn but satisfying romance, I couldn’t read this quick enough. Now I just need more Rosie Danan!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and all I really knew was that my pals (particularly Imi) absolutely love it. I picked it up on Scribd but made the huge mistake. of kind of… forgetting I was reading it about a third of the way through. This annoyingly did impact my enjoyment of the story but I devoured the majority in one sitting and really didn’t know what was going to happen next. The physical copy is also stunning and I will definitely read more by this author.
This book, while only short, provides some great information along with practical suggestions on how to really be a true ally. It isn’t enough to just be ‘not racist’, we have to be anti-racist. This book reminds us that “this is a learning process, which means facing difficult truths, becoming uncomfortable, and working through the embarrassment and discomfort.”
So being part of Katee’s Patreon, I’d heard a lot about this series but for some reason just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. If I could sum this up for you, it’s a smutty Vampire polyamorous fantasy romance series. Yup. Vampires, you say? IT WAS NEVER A PHASE MOM. This is more smut than plot but you know what, I’m not mad about it.
I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book, but it’s definitely taken an interesting direction! I believe that the next book is released later this year because Katee is an absolute machine when it comes to writing and releasing her work.
Another age gap romance… I’m kind of addicted. Not only does this feature an age gap, it’s also an ex boyfriend’s father romance! It was a fun read and I read it in less than day, but it’s probably not a favourite book with this trope. If you want some suggestions of similar reads… it could be something I’m actually working on right now 👀
This isn’t the kind of book that I usually gravitate towards but between THAT cover and the blurb, I couldn’t resist. This is the tale of three very strange sisters who when they were younger disappeared for one month and came back without a scratch on them. But something was different and their lives have been affected ever since, with everything coming to a head when the eldest sister goes missing once again. This was full of twists and turns, gruesome descriptions, blood and gore and I couldn’t put it down.
So turns out I am an absolute sucker for self destruction, because I decided to pick up a book about a pandemic that wipes out humanity set in the real world in the future, after COVID-19 was very much a thing while we are in the middle of a pandemic??? Although this made me feel really weird, I kind of, enjoyed it? I wouldn’t read this if you’re not in a good place and are affected by viruses in fiction, but otherwise this was a really gripping albeit terrifying read. Lots of grim content and vivid descriptions though, so be warned!
Phew, there we have all 13 books I read last month! I’m so happy that I managed to get through so many books and I don’t actually feel burnt out? However we will deal with the fact I’m exclusively reading fanfiction at the moment next month. Lol.