April has been the best reading month of the year for me. I’ve read 12 books throughout April and loved so many of them. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. In this post, you will find a bunch of mini-reviews of the books I read in April. Here they are!
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet – from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley’s Comet to Penguins of Madagascar – on a five-star scale.
I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long, so when I saw that it was out in paperback I immediately bought a copy. John Green’s writing never lets me down and I adored his first non-fiction book. It had me laughing and crying and I’ve been recommending it non-stop ever since I finished reading it.
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Harriet and Wyn are the perfect couple – they go together like bread and butter, gin and tonic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Except, now they don’t.
They broke up six months ago. And they still haven’t told anyone.
Which is how they end up sharing a bedroom at the cottage that has been their yearly getaway with their best friends for the past decade. For one glorious week they leave behind their lives, drink far too much wine and soak up the sea air with their favourite people.
Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth. The cottage is for sale so this is the last time they’ll all be together here and they can’t bear to break their friends’ hearts. So, they’ll fake it for one more week.
It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses).
But how can you pretend to be in love with someone – and get away with it – in front of the people who know you best?
This is easily my favourite book of this year so far. I loved it, its characters and the story that it tells. It is beautiful, heart-breaking and heart-warming. I adore Emily Henry’s writing and didn’t think she would ever top Book Lovers but she has managed it and I cannot recommend this one enough! I’ve written a full review of this one, which you can find here.
My Love Life and the Apocalpyse by Melissa Welliver
Humans have gone and cities are empty, looked after by bots.
But not all robots are machines. Echo is part-human, his heart ruled by an unreliable E-Mote chip which means he’s pretty much a normal boy surviving on canned beans. Living his best life.
Then a space-pod crash-lands in his neighbourhood with a girl on board. Pandora.
She’s his last hope, and apparently he’s hers – if they really are all that’s left alive…
When a book has a romance and is set on the backdrop of an apocalypse, I am bound to enjoy the book. I loved this one and its unique way of depicting an apocalypse. Melissa Welliver’s writing had me gripped ad I look forward to reading more books by her in the future. I’ve written a full review of this one which you can find here.
Here is a little snapshot of 7 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them. I’ve written full reviews for one of them too, so be sure to check them out.
- Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Sutanto – ★★★★
- The Fell by Sarah Moss – ★★★★
- If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come by Jen St. Jude – ★★★★
- The Plus One by Mazey Eddings – ★★★
- Flying with Confidence by Steve Allright and Patricia Furness-Smith – ★★★★
- The Love Wager by Lynn Painter – ★★★★
- Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld – ★★★★
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
I picked this one up on my trip to 66 Books after seeing it had some good reviews online but I had no idea what to expect going into it. I didn’t expect to love it just as much as I did. It completely took me by surprise and I loved its characters and the writing style. If you haven’t picked this up yet due to being worried about the hype surrounding it then I would highly recommend giving it a go!
Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez
Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.
And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.
Immediately after reading Part of Your World, I went looking for more books by Abby Jimenez and it was purely a coincidence that the day I finished reading it, the companion novel was being released. I quickly went and bought it and read it straight away. I loved this one even more. Jacob is the sweetest male character I’ve ever read and his romance with Briana is one of my favourite romances out there. I cannot recommend this one enough!
Books read this month: 12
Pages read this month: 4,187
Books read this year: 40
Pages read this year: 13,975
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!