April 2020 Book Wrap Up

The end of another month of quarantine and another month of reading. This month I participated in the OWL readathon so I read most of my books for that. I did not read quite as many as last month but I did start my classes for my Masters in Human Resource Management backup mid April. That probably had something to do with my reading. I still managed to read quite a bit considering. I was also off work the entire month. Fingers crossed I can go back in May, but if not I get to move so there is at least something new going on.

This Months Books

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: This was my first book this month. I used it to complete my first 12 hour readathon and I really enjoyed the book. This is sort of a retelling, but more an origin story for Ursula from the Little Mermaid. I had a tough time getting into the book at first but once I finally did I enjoyed it. I did a full review on the book here on the blog already so if you are interested in reading that just click on the bolded title and it will take you right there!

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith- This was a book that I did not know about before this month. I found it on kindle unlimited and originally thought it was called The Wine Witch. That still would have been an accurate title to be honest. It was a fun little book to read and I read it the same day that I read Sea Witch. I do recommend this book, and bonus it is a newer book and the sequel comes out in June. I already have it on my wishlist and ready to pre-order once we move and I have an exact date of where to ship it to. I also wrote a blog post for this one (I wrote a blog review for all of these so just click the name and you will be taken there).

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander by JK Rowling- I don’t have much to say about this book. I did not write a review on it, but I read it for my OWLs. It was a cute book and I enjoyed it. I mostly enjoyed it because on the Kindle it is a Kindle In Motion book where some of the pages are animated. It made me feel like I was reading a real book from the wizarding world. It is more of a coffee table book, but if you are interested in the pictures of the beasts it is interesting.

My Big, Fat, Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish- So this book was a shock to me. I was not expecting it to be a NSFW smutty romance book that is for sure. I enjoyed it though. I could have done with a few less of the extremely vivid NSFW scenes but I was reading it at home alone, so I didn’t care too much in the end. It wasn’t my favorite book I read this month but it did make me laugh and it got me my third book for my OWLs.

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen- I was not expecting this book at all. I enjoyed it but I thought it was going to be a murder mystery book. It was not. It was a true crime book. It was very well written and told the story of the victims very well. I won’t go into more detail here because there are some triggering things in the book. Read the book, and the review, with caution. Also Gregg Olsen commented on my post on Instagram about the book. Highlight of my month for sure!

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen- I love myself a good Sarah Dessen book. I have loved her books since high school. I related to the main character in this book so much. More so when I think about how I was in highschool, but I did relate with her. Also I got a bit sappy about my boyfriend in that review, so it is worth a glance even if just for that.

Missing by Shelley Shepard- Me and this book. We have a love hate relationship. I bought it years ago and ended up reading it because it was the only book I had that started with an M (which I needed to read for an OWL prompt). The biggest gripe I had with this book? On the back of the book it said it was going to be about the murder of an Amish boy. IT WAS NOT. That was in there but it was totally a background for a love story that was going on. I hated it on that principle, but the love story was cute.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer– I loved this book. I will say that now and forever. I had tried to read this book twice before now and just never got into it. It was chosen on Instagram as a book to read so I tried it one more time and then I was hooked. I finished the book in one day and I immediately bought the box set of books (with the covers I liked) so that I could continue reading the series.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks- My love hate relationship continues with this Nicholas Sparks book. The Last Song is actually one of my favorite movies, right behind Sweet Home Alabama, but I almost always dislike the books that Nicholas Sparks rights. This is the third one I have read in two months and while I really enjoyed it I still don’t know how I feel about Sparks as an author. I have three more books on my self by him that I need to read. Maybe I am finally old enough to enjoy his books. We will decide that another time. For now, this is a good read. Just be warned it is much longer than it looks like it is.

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- This book. Great. I was in a reading slump so I ended up trying to find another book to read that I thought would get me out of it. Lola was that book. Lola and Cricket were the best. This was such a cheesy YA book but I read it in about 7 hours and smiled the whole way through. There are two more books in this “series” I dont even know if you can call it that, but I am looking forward to reading them as well.

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerThis was book number two in The Lunar Chronicles and it was fantabulous. I don’t have much more to say in this recap other than that. Worth the read. Read Cinder, read this, read them all.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- With this book (the third in The Lunar Chronicles) I finished out my OWL requirements…three weeks into the month. It was my least favorite of the entire series but I still enjoyed it. It was a 4 star book for me instead of a 5 star.

Winter by Marissa Meyer- The review for this book will not be up until Monday, but it was perfection. It was over 800 pages and I read it in like two days of reading. Let me tell you it brought in a new storyline but managed to wrap everything up with a bow and answer all of my questions. I highly recommend this series if you have not read this yet.

It All Began In Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler- My least favorite book of the month by far. I picked it up for the final 12 hour readathon of April. I spent the entire readathon reading it and hating it. I kept reading it on principle hoping it would get better. It did not. It wasn’t horrible, but I would never have read it had I know how many non essential things happened in the story. I will have a review up for it in the next week or so, but just don’t read this book. It isn’t worth your time.

So there you have it. I ended the month out reading 14 books. Not as many as the crazy amount I read last month but nevertheless still a good chunk. I also completed my Goodreads reading challenge for 2020 this month….oops. So from here on out it is just going to be about seeing how many books I can read. If quarantine continues much longer I foresee me getting a lot more books done that I would in a normal year.

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