Hi fellow booknerds! I’m happy to say that I’m starting May off being in a constant reading mood and I love it! Unfortunately this Wrap Up isn’t about this month but last month and honestly.. I didn’t do too well there, whoops. I had a few weeks of not being able to pick up titles and just being indecisive and easily distracted. It got better towards the end of the month but I didn’t get to finish my current read at the time and I was a bit bummed out about that. Oh well.. here are the books I read in April in finishing order:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Finished April 2nd)
Holy Dumbledore, I loved this book! We follow Evelyn as she shares the story of her spectacular Hollywood life with a young reporter. During the story we meet a wide variety of characters and Evelyn uncovers the truth about her roots, the many lovers and all the scandals that hit the tabloids. It’s a book with a lot more layers than I anticipated and one of my absolute favorite books of 2019 (yes, I can already say that!). Check out my review of The Seven Husbands here.
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4,3/5
Page count: 388
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
(Finished April 21st)
As you can tell, we definitely just took a big jump towards the end of the month. This book is THE BOOK that saved me from a full-blown reading slump. It’s an adult romance and yes there are a lot of steamy scenes but it’s also really cute and so easy to read. I had some minor issues with some of the characters but overall I really liked it and was entertained the whole way through. Check out my review of The Kiss Quotient for more thoughts on the story!
My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3,9/5
Page count: 336
Jenteloven by Ulrikke Falch and Sofie Frøysaa
(Finished April 25th)
This one you might not know – and with good reason. It’s a Norwegian book about feminism, gender stereotypes, sexual assault and so on. It’s made with a mix of personal anecdotes, historical facts and visual displays and it works really well. It’s not groundbreaking in terms of the heavy subjects, but it puts the spotlight on women’s issues and how to never blame yourself for the actions of others. A fine read for girls and young women. I hope it’ll be translated for you guys soon too!
My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3,4/5
Page count: 188
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
(Finished April 25th)
I don’t even know where to begin. Most of you already know the Shatter Me series whether you’ve read it or not. I don’t think I’ve ever had such different ratings for two books in the same series but wow. I REALLY liked Shatter Me, I REALLY did not like Unravel Me. 400+ pages of Juliette whining, Adam whining, Warner being interesting and Kenji being cute. Yeah, Kenji and Warner pretty much pulled this book out of the 1-star gutter. Hoping the last book will make up for this one!
My rating: 2/5
Goodreads rating: 4,2/5
Page count: 461
The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle
(Finished April 30th)
I received this book as an e-ARC and I finished it the day before it was archived.. phew. It was a really cute fantasy story with talking animals and a brave young girl, named Winter. She’s the daughter of a traitor but Terra (basically Mother Earth) wants her to become a guardian and keep the planet safe. Winter has no clue about her heritage until she is faced with the consequences of it head-on. She accepts the guardianship before she truly understands what it means and an adventure unfolds from that very moment.
My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
Page count: 320
Total amount of pages I have read this month: 1693
Book of the month: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Well, what can I say.. it wasn’t the best reading month but at least it ended with a renewed enthusiasm for reading. I took this mood with me into the month of May and here I am now, happily reading one book after the other. Yay. Let me know in a comment if April was a good or bad reading month for you (I’m wickedly hoping I wasn’t the only one who failed a bit).