This was my best reading month of the year so far!!
Total Books: 10
Total Pages: 3,331
Middle Grade: 1
5 Stars: 3
4 Stars: 4
3 Stars: 3
2 Stars: 0
1 Stars: 0
1. Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a new adult romance about a group 4 of wealthy, attractive men who are were friends in high school and went on to start a successful business. I kept hearing amazing things about this book and all the hype finally got to me. This series is definitely not for the faint of heart! Vicious is rude and domineering and often, a straight up bully. But damn was this good. I’m looking forward to continuing with the series asap!
2. Eleanor & Grey by Brittainy C. Cherry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received this as an e-arc from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This book Blew. Me. Away. I was sobbing for so much of this book. I love romance that also hits on other topics – in this case grief. Brittainy C. Cherry handled this story with so much care and I couldn’t help but fall for these characters. If you’re looking for a hard-hitting story with a precious HEA, this is your book.
This is another book I kept hearing hype about. It was never on my radar but it fit perfectly into the OWLs readathon for the read a retelling prompt. This is a gender bent Sherlock Holmes retelling. And overall it was fine. I just don’t have any strong feelings about it. I do plan to continue the series on audio though since the entire thing is available on Hoopla.
4. The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I picked this up on audio because I had heard about this author quite a bit. This book was a cute, cheesy rom-com about a woman who accidentally adopts a huge dog and has an embarrassing first encounter with the hot new veterinarian. Despite their bad start, they agree to help each other – she will pretend to be his date to a family event, and he will help save her career. This was cute, but nothing new or overly impressive.
5. Deal Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This short book has been on my shelf for far too long. It’s a nonfiction book that the author originally wrote as letter to a friend who asked how to raise her new daughter to be a feminist. The tips in here are simple but explained in a way that is so accessible. The author mixes a casual voice with wit, humor, and an important message. Everything about this was perfection and I already want to reread it.
6. The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I finally continued on with my longterm venture of reading the entire Hercule Poirot series! This is a classic mystery series following a private detective in England. This story in particular is about a man who writes to Poirot asking for help. But by the time the detective and his companion arrive, the man has already been murdered. These books are so much fun and I absolutely love classic mysteries. However, this one didn’t blow me away, it started to feel a little long and repetitive near the end.
7. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received an e-arc of this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And everyone has to be sick of my gushing about this book… But this book was AMAZING! I’ve said it a million times, but this will most likely be my favorite book of 2019. I’ve already scheduled my reread as soon as I get my finished paperback copy on May 14th. This is a new adult romance following the First Son and the Prince of Wales. My full gushing review will be posted here May 2nd. Or you can check out my Goodreads review here for all my thoughts.
8. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
This is a middle grade contemporary about 12 year old Sunny after she receives a heart transplant. I was really excited about this book since AHB’s last book made my favorite of 2018 list. This was really cute, but unfortunately didn’t live up Girl Made of Stars. I wasn’t able to connect to the characters or the story but I feel like this may be a personal preference issue more than anything else – MG is definitely not my age range. My full review will be posted here on May 8th. Or you can check out my Goodreads review here.
9. Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I found this while searching for a book that met the written my more than 1 author prompt for the OWLs readathon. And I’m so glad I did! This is a new adult, M/M, hockey romance. In true Bowen/Kennedy style this book was really sweet and ultra steamy. I probably would have given this a higher rating if I hadn’t just finished reading RW&RB (another NA, M/M romance). This is a duology so I plan to pick up the sequel asap!
10. The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I find this series so entertaining. The characters are a little flat and I don’t find myself connecting to them a ton, but the mystery itself is so well done! I couldn’t put this down because so much was being revealed and I just had to know more! Also Johnson is the queen of intense cliffhangers! This book overall was such a good time and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a well-written, twisty detective style mystery.
What was your favorite book you read in April??