April Wrap-Up! (In which I show how reading slumps can be overcome with a little determination)

This month, I read 12 books. I’m unbelievably happy with this as I felt like I was battling a huge slump for the majority of the month – I just didn’t feel like reading (this never happens?!) And then when I did feel like reading, I didn’t have time because (in case you haven’t heard) I bought a house! So it’s been a crazy month. I would have liked to have got through even more books but I’m really pleased with what I did manage.

 

Classics

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

I’ve wanted to read this classic sci-fi novel for a long time and I finally took the plunge this month! I was pleased that it counted as a book under 200 pages for the BookBum bookclub run by Zuky. I really enjoyed this read and you can check out my full review here!

 

Wuthering Heights by Wuthering Heights

I joined the Bronte BookClub on Instagram for their group read of this classic. I have already read this book multiple times but this was my first time experiencing it as an audiobook. The Librivox narrator was fantastic, distinguishing between every character with a different voice, and the innumerable haunting quotes really reminded me why I love this book so much.

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Review books/Books I was sent

The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto

I took part in a blog tour for this non-fiction release and I found it to be a really helpful resource! I don’t really have a skincare routine at present but I’m hoping this book will help me to implement one (I’ve already found myself employing some of Mahto’s tips since reading it!) If you’re interested, you can find my post from the blog tour here.

 

The Fear by C. L. Taylor

I was sent this book for an Instagram tour and, while I found it a fun and fast read, I wasn’t blown away by it. My full spoiler-free review is here.

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In for the Kill by Ed James

Another thriller I was sent for a blog tour, this one was very enjoyable! I found the plot very interesting and gritty. Check out my full spoiler-free review!

 

Raven’s Cry by Dana Fraedrich

This dark retelling of Swan Lake comes out tomorrow (May 1st) and I was really impressed by it! Keep an eye out for my review!

 

Books from my TBR

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I finally picked up this beast of a book and really enjoyed it! It was wonderfully original as I’ve come to expect from Gaiman, with only a few bits that were so weird they prevented me giving it the full five stars!

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it didn’t disappoint! Check out my gushing spoiler-free review here!

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Finally, I’ve read a Sarah Addison Allen book! And I really enjoyed it. The magical realism was absolutely perfect and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Yet another review can be found here!

 

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker

It took me a really long time to get through this one as I picked it up during the deepest part of my reading slump. However, it was really good and I know that I would have flown through it at any other time!

 

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

I was gifted this one by a work colleague so I had no excuse to keep putting off beginning my Atwood journey! This was a great place to start. Even Atwood’s very first novel is so clever and forward-thinking, I can only imagine how fantastic her later works are going to be!

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Re-Reads

Wintersong by S Jae-Jones

I read this debut last year and fell in love with its aesthetic. I got the urge to reread it this month and just ran with it! I still haven’t read the sequel but I’m more likely to pick it up soon having refreshed my memory of the first book.

 

 

Stats

Total pages: 4422

Average pages per day: 147.4

Longest book: American Gods (722 pages)

Shortest book: The War of the Worlds (186 pages)

Favourite read of the month: The Wicked Deep

Biggest disappointment of the month: The Fear

Male authors: 4

Female authors: 8

Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 2

 

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So that was my reading month! Can you believe we’re a third of the way through this year already?! How many books did you get through in April? What was your favourite read of the month?

3 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up! (In which I show how reading slumps can be overcome with a little determination)

  1. Pingback: My Favourite Reviews of the Week | 4th May – BookBum

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