April has got to be my favourite reading month so far this year. I’ll admit, this year hasn’t gone the way I had hoped. I haven’t been in the mood to blog and I’ve decided to give myself the longest break. I didn’t want to push myself because I know I won’t enjoy blogging if I do. The fact that this is up means I’m getting back into the swing of things. I never posted my wrap up of the first 3 months of the year but I’ll definitely be sharing that on here soon. Along with a bunch of book reviews!
April Wrap Up
1. Before the Batman by David Lewman – ★★★ || Had to read this after watching The Batman in cinema. Really fun and an interesting read.
2. Strawberry Spring by Stephen King – ★★★ || I haven’t read any of Stephen King’s full length novels but I was really interested in listening to the podcast of this. An interesting cast and an even more interesting story.
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Reread) – ★★★ || I decided to reread Twilight this year because I want to continue the series. I’m actually pretty glad I reread this one because there were so many things I forgot about that are actually really important. It was cringe but not as bad as I thought it would be. Frankly, I thought it would be so much worse the second time around.
4. Tiny Fox and Great Boar by Berenika Kołomycka – ★★★ || I got sent a copy of this by the publishers to review (thank you to them for the gifted copy!)
5. Lute by Jenn Marie Thorne – ★★★ || I saw Final Destination and Wicker Man and knew I just had to read it. The book gave me Midsommar vibes (which is one of my favourite horror movies. Do with that information what you will). It was a slow burn in the best way. There was a weary vibe through out and it was also a little weird. Enjoyed it so so much. (thank you to the publishers for the gifted review copy!)
6. The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates – ★★★ || A short and fun creepy story. Honestly, I was expecting more from it but it was a good tester since I’ve never read anything by the author before.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Reread) – ★★★★★ || I got the strangest urge to reread The Hunger Games and let me tell you, it was just as good as the first time. It brought back so many amazing and nostalgic memories. Hoping to continue the rest of the series soon.
8. All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir – ★★★★★ || This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I swear nothing matters more than this book. I cried about 3 times within the first 50 pages. No lie. This was so emotional, heartbreaking, and marvelous all at once. I’ll never stop talking about this book. (Thank you Penguin Random House International for the gifted review copy!)
9. Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins – ★★★★ || Lily Collins is one of my favourite actresses and I’ve been eyeing this book for a while. It was a really interesting read and I read through the entire book in one night.
10. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Reread) – ★★★★★ || Another reread (who is she?) and the nostalgia was overpowering in this one. I remember really loving this one when I first read it and it was even better the second time around.
11-15. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black – ★★★ || I clearly flew through every book in this series. I love Holly Black with all my heart and I just had to read this one. Every book was super fun and not that long.
16. Ferryman by Claire McFall – ★★★ || This was unique and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Wish there had been a bit more to it but I guess the next book will cover the rest of it. (Thank you to Candlewick Press fr the gifted copy!)
17. Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur – ★★★ || Liked quite a lot of these. Some were very easy to relate to. Others weren’t very relatable (to me personally) but were written beautifully. Devoured most of them in one sitting. (Thank you to Candlewick Press fr the gifted copy!)
18. The Mortal Instruments Vol. 3 by Cassandra Clare & Cassandra Jean – ★★★★ || Of course I absolutely had to start this one. It’s basically City of Ashes in graphic novel form.
19. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – ★★★★ || Been wanting to give this series a read for a long while now. Finally picked up the first book (on a whim might I add) and ended up enjoying it quite a lot.
20. Lucky Girl How I Became A Horror Writer: A Krampus Story by M. Rickert – ★★★ || This one was a little disappointing to me. I went in wanting something and got something else instead which is obviously my problem.
22. The Quran – I don’t really like adding this with a bunch of fiction books but it is a book so here it is. Read this during the month of Ramadan (which was in April).
How was your reading in April?