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April Wrap Up & Reviews

Wrap Up

Hello bookworms!!

I have been procrastinating putting this post together for so long that I don’t even remember everything that happened in April and once again because I have put off writing these reviews, they aren’t going to be all that great. I started going to the Chiropractor again in April. My neck and back have been bothering me and my doctor thinks that some of my pain in my wrists and arms is coming from my neck. I’m also getting a massage every couple of weeks to try and help. So far nothing has changed with my wrist/arm pain, but I can definitely tell a difference with my neck and back. I am still taking my mother-in-law to all of her doctors’ appointments. She is getting really close to finishing her chemo treatments. I think once she finishes that all of the other appointments will slow down too. Honestly, I don’t remember anything else from the month so I’m just going to get into the reviews now. Before I get to the reviews though I just want to mention here that I have decided that I don’t like doing my wrap ups this way. After 4 months of trying it this way it’s just not working for me. In May I will be going back to doing my wrap up posts the way I was doing them before and as for reviews I think I am going to go back to writing individual reviews again but as always, I could end up changing my mind again who knows. Ok now to the reviews.

The Rise of the Raidin

The Rise of the Raidin by Susan L. Markloff – 3.5 stars

I participated in a blog tour for this in April and shared my review in that post which you can read by clicking the link. I thought this was a great start to a series and overall I enjoyed it but there were some things that didn’t work for me.

Her Alien Savior

Her Alien Savior by Elle Thorne – 2.5 stars

This book happened way too fast, and we don’t really ever know why certain things are happening. I liked the romance aspect of this book but like I said it was way too fast and we don’t get enough information for everything else. I probably won’t continue on with this series.

Heartstopper vol. 2Heartstopper vol. 2 by Alice Oseman – 4 stars

These books have just been so cute, and they make for a quick easy read. This series is just so sweet, and I can’t wait to follow along Nick and Charlie’s journey in the next instalment.

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare – 4 stars

I buddy read this with Erin. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. This chronicles Simon’s time at the Shadowhunter Academy. I loved how it is told in short story format, but each story pretty much carries on from the previous story. I loved how we got to see characters from previous books most of which I really loved catching up with but there was 1 I could have done without. The most annoying thing in these stories is Simon constantly pointing out how he wasn’t the old Simon. If you’ve read The Mortal Instruments, then you know what happens to him. I get how he was conflicted but I could have done without him constantly mentioning it.

Meet Cute Club Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon – 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. I loved the romance. I thought it was cute. It has some steam plus the back-and-forth banter that I love. There was something that happens toward the end that I felt was a little unbelievable but other than that I really loved this book and want to read the next book.

Mood Reader Cover

Mood Reader by Multiple Authors – 4 stars

I participated in a blog tour for this book in April and shared my review in that post which you can read by clicking the link. Some stories I enjoyed more than others but overall, an enjoyable read.

The Guncle  The Guncle by Steven Rowley – 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by gemma_bmr for the 12 in 12 challenge. I am so glad she recommended it for me to read because I have been wanting to read it for a while but for some reason I kept putting it off. I loved this book. This is a hard hitting book. I was kind of expecting a cute light read which we do get but it also deals with the loss of loved ones. The way Patrick (GUP Gay Uncle Patrick), to his niece and nephew, talked to the kids kind of threw me at first. But I grew to love it. I loved GUPs snarky humor. I just loved everything about this book.

The Eyes of the Dragon

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King – 3.5 stars

This book has short chapters which King never really does. Those short chapters make for a quick read. This was a simple story for King which makes sense since I am pretty sure he wrote this for his daughter. I was intrigued enough to want to read until the end. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator done a great job narrating especially Flaggs character. Very creepy sounding!!

Gender Queer

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe – 5 stars

This is a graphic novel memoir. I never read nonfiction so when one of the prompts for the kindle spring challenge was to read a nonfiction, I was initially going to skip it, but I went through the list and came across this. I love graphic novels and I thought this would be a good way to dabble in nonfiction and I was right. First off, I have to say I don’t connect to this story like some people do. It opened my eyes to some of the hardships that people who are learning their sexuality go through. I loved the graphics and of course the story. It’s such a personal story that I am sure so many people go through. It’s raw and very honest and I just think everyone needs to read this whether you are someone questioning your sexuality or someone who needs to be educated on the matter.

Stats:

  • Number of books read in April – 9
  • Number of books read this year – 36
  • Number of pages read in March – 3,272
  • Number of pages read this year – 10,525

I finished 9 books in April. Some of them were on my TBR and some weren’t. I didn’t read everything I had planned to read but I still got a lot read and that’s all I care about. Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Are any of them on you TBRs? What did you read in April?

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4 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & Reviews

  1. Simon was my second least favorite character. Maybe because author made it love triangle in mortal instruments (there are lots of love triangles now that I think about it) and I always liked Jace more.

    I also don’t enjoy massage that much. I feel self-conscious. I hope your mother-in-law gets well after that last chemo. Have an amazing May.

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    1. Simon has grown on me but I really didn’t like the live triangle either.

      I can understand being self conscious surprisingly that isn’t my issue and I thought it would be. I’m just in constant pain because when I lay on my back or my stomach for a long period of time my hips lock plus the massage itself can be painful as well. Thank you so much we are hoping the same thing!! Happy reading!!

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  2. I hope your MIL’s treatments do all they are supposed to do, Misty, and she does well. Constant pain is so difficult. I hope you get relief soon. I really want to read Guncle, it has been on my TBR for awhile. I don’t do a monthly wrap up, as I’m not sure if I would be consistent. I will see what you do for May.

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    1. So far they’ve been doing what they are supposed to do which we’re very grateful for. Yes it is and it’s annoying too!! I’m going to continue with the massages and the chiropractic adjustments and hopefully I will start to notice a change soon. You should read it I loved it. GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick) takes a little getting used to but once you do it was funny, heartbreaking and hopeful. I’m apparently not consistent either lol I keep changing the format because I can’t find one I really like.

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