April has been one of those months were all I wanted to do was read but I read my normal amount and nothing more. It has been odd. Throughout April I have read a total of 10 books, which I am proud of!
So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post! I have some thought that I wanted to share on the books I read throughout April. Here is a post that is full of mini reviews for the books I read in April!
This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano
In the unremarkable town of Amberside, the unthinkable has happened: Terrorists have attacked a local festival. No one knows why, and no one knows who the attackers are, but that doesn’t matter. What matters first is survival. And what matters after that is survival, too.
In this brilliantly written account of hope, humour and humanity, five ordinary teenagers are caught up in a truly extraordinary situation. It’s a heart-pounding and gripping account of the fight for survival, told from multiple perspectives, as the attackers prowl the festival grounds.
I had no idea about this book before it surprised me by being send in the post (gifted). Now, I want absolutely everyone to find out about and read this book because it is incredible. It is heart-breaking, heart-warming and thrilling. The pace is so fast that it is perfect to read in a couple of sittings. I wrote a full review of this which you can find here.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Roaming through New York City at three AM, twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship—like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor—April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world—from Beijing to Buenos Aires—and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.
Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.
This book had been sat on my shelves for what felt like years unread. So, when I had the sudden urge to read a sci-fi book I gravitated towards this book. I’m so glad I did because this book was spectacular. I flew right the way through reading it and immediately wanted to start the sequel. I am yet to read this but, if you have yet to read this book you are missing out because it is outstanding for a number of reasons!
Here is a little snapshot of 5 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed them all and definitely recommend them!
- Cherry by Nico Walker – ★★★★
- Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau – ★★★★
- The Disasters by M.K. England – ★★★
- Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – ★★★
- Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – ★★★★
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.
A new Becky Albertalli book set in a new universe, of course I was excited to read this one! I flew through this in a matter of sittings. Once again Becky has written a world and a cast of characters that you just immediately fall in love with and a story you lose yourself in. I will be writing a full review for this book very soon so keep your eyes out for that!
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.
In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
This book took me completely by surprise with how much I loved it. It is such a beautifully and well-rounded story that I could not put down. It is not something I would normally have read but is a book with a trope that I am forever going to be looking out for now. I cannot wait to see what Emiko Jean writes next. I will be posting a full review of this book very soon so keep your eyes out!
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
SPOILERS FOR ‘YOU’ SERIES
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I read You last year. With the third book in the series being releases and the third season of the series coming out in November, I thought it was time to finally give it a go. This book is so different from the TV series but I still throughly enjoyed it. It was like reading something new which was exciting. I enjoyed this and has me excited for the third book and series!
Books read this month: 10
Pages read this month: 3,687
Books read this year: 37
Pages read this year: 12,684
There you have it, that is everything I read in April! What have you read in April and what are you looking forward to reading in May? Let me know in the comments!