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April 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up


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…


What I read this month

» Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James



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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



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*4.5 Stars*

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



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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



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*4.5 Stars*


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



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*4.5 Stars*

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


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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



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*4.5 Stars*

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!


Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge Update:


#YARC2019 Update: 9 books in 2019


Year of Asian Reading Challenge TBR + Progress Tracker #YARC2019

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 😦




March 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up + Book Haul


April 2019 TBR


Book Review: Daughters of the Silk Road by Debbie Rix


Books I Read for #MiddleGradeMarch 2019 + Mini Book Reviews


Books I Read for #WomensHistoryMonth 2019 + Mini Book Reviews


Author Event: Laurie Halse Anderson’s Book Tour for Shout


Mini Book Reviews: March 2019 (Part 2)


Kids’ Corner: Encouraging a Love for Science in Kids – Featuring National Geographic Kids Books


Top Ten Tuesday: First 10 Books I Reviewed on my Blog


Bookish Travels: Bookstores I Visited in Savannah, Georgia


April 2019 Birthday #BookOutletHaul – Part 1


Mini Book Reviews: April 2019 (Part 1)


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 🙂

5 thoughts on “April 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up”

  1. Ooooh I loved Crazy Rich Asians too! I got both the sequels and really want to read them soon! So entertaining 😀 And I also need to read The Kiss Quotient. I started it a while ago, but got busy and lost track of it, so I kind of put it on hold. Glad that you enjoyed it and that the autism rep was well done! xxx

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    1. I JUST finished the second book and really enjoyed it. I didn’t love it as much as Crazy Rich Asians, but a solid second book.

      Yes! The Autism rep was very well done, but that was to be expected since the author is on the spectrum. I don’t even like romance or “smut” books, but I thought this was one of the better ones I’ve read 🙂

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      1. Ahh that’s good that it was own voices! I quite like a bit of smut hahaha so I’m hoping I will love it! Can’t wait to pick up China Rich Girlfriend, I’m glad it was good, if not quite as good as the first book 🙂 xxx


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