Goodbye April & hello May!
I read 11 books in April! Not too shabby if I do say so myself. I also did well with my April TBR and read 5 out of the 6 books on my TBR. Woo hoo!
Let’s see what I read & blogged this month…
» Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James
This book. I can’t tell if I read something brilliant that just went over my head, or if this book is an acquired taste… It took at least 100 pages for me to wrap my head around the world. It took 200 pages for me to really be invested in the story. By the 500 page mark I was wondering why the last 200 pages were not the next book… This book is definitely not going to be for everyone.
You can read my mini review here ⇒ Black Leopard, Red Wolf
» The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
A standalone fantasy novel! This fusion of historical fiction & fantasy hit the right notes for me. While the plot was a slow burn, there was plenty of adventure to keep me satisfied.
You can read my mini review here ⇒ The Bird King
» Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson
This YA story had dual mysteries, one occurring in the present time and the other occurring in the past. After that cliffhanger ending, I’m itching to read the second book in this series.
You can read my mini review here ⇒ Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
» Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When this book was chosen for one of my book clubs, I was NOT expecting to enjoy it. I am not one for fluffy contemporary reads, but this one hit the spot! It was well written, funny, and surprisingly entertaining. I loved it so much I’ve already got the second book from the library.
You can read my mini review here ⇒ Crazy Rich Asians
» The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie
This book was an absolute delight! It inspired me to start reading aloud with my own family.
» Frog and Toad (Frog and Toad #1 – 4) by Arnold Lobel
I listened to this book along with my family to dip our toes into reading together as a family. This collection of short stories was very sweet. We loved the dry humor.
» The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
This was a fascinating look at the start of the film industry and the women that helped pioneer the industry and helped pave the way for those that followed. If you enjoy historical fiction with feminist tones, I recommend this one!
» Aru Shah and the End of Time by Rochani Chokshi
This was a wonderful MG fantasy filled with Hindu mythology. It was a lot funnier than I was expecting. A great debut for Chokshi in the middle grade target audience.
» Akata Warrior (Akata Witch #2) by Nnedi Okorafor
Enjoyed the second book in this duology just as much as the first. Loved seeing Sunny’s growth & development from the first book until the end of this one.
» Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
This was a solid read for one of my book clubs. While it didn’t exactly knock my socks off or surprise me, it was an easy read that kept me turning the pages. It was a nostalgic read for me since I live about 20/30 minutes away from the small town in which it is set.
» The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Despite the fact I’m not a huge romance fan, I was interested in reading a romance with a main character on the Autism Spectrum. I thought the representation was very well done here, which isn’t surprising since it is an #OwnVoices book.
Goodreads Challenge Update:
#YARC2019 Update: 9 books in 2019
I’ve read 9 books towards #YARC2019 thus far in 2019! I read 3 books in April: Crazy Rich Asians, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and The Kiss Quotient.
2019 Goals Update:
» 80% NetGalley feedback ratio = 15 backlist ARCs ⇒ 4/15 books read
I didn’t read any of my NetGalley backlist in March or April. #DoubleFail
Since I’ve failed 2 months in a row, I’ll be prioritizing NetGalley backlist books in May.
» 30 physical TBR books ⇒ 10/30 books read
I read 2 books off my pre-2019 physical TBR. I read Akata Warrior & Aru Shah and the End of Time.
» No buying new books ⇒ Um….
April is my birthday month… I stipulated that I wasn’t going to count my birthday in my 2019 book buying ban, BUT I bought 22 new books for my birthday… Ugh. I am going to do my best to not buy any more books until Christmas time!
You can see part 1 of my birthday book haul here ⇒ April 2019 Birthday #BookOutletHaul – Part 1
» Complete mini reviews for all books read ⇒ Still going strong!
I’ve written mini reviews for all of my March reads & half my April reads! I’m so happy I’ve stuck with this goal of writing mini reviews for each book I read 🙂
» Read long books I’ve been putting off ⇒ 0/3 books read
Still failing on this front 😦
Which books did you read this month?
Have you read any of the books I read this month? If so, what did you think?
Comment below & let me know 🙂