Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my April 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. I read more books in April than I did in March – most of them being ARCs thanks to a little encouragement from the Book Coven and our arc April challenge.

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read four books:

  1. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
  2. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
  3. Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
  4. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malidna Lo

I read both Blood Heir and Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Blood Heir didn’t hold my attention well at all thanks to a rushed plot and strange pacing. I really enjoyed Last Night at the Telegraph Club as you can see from my review.

Next month, since we struggled again to choose just one book, we have two!

  1. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
  2. Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

I’m really excited to read these books, though I’ve already read The One’s We’re Meant to Find which was a really thought provoking read that I’m excited to discuss with my friends. Also, the cover is so beautiful.

Favourites

The first book I really loved in April was The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. If you’re looking for a cute fantasy that reads like middle grade for adults then this is your book. The characters and story are so soft, I melted inside reading it. I’m really glad I finally took the plunge and read this book that all of my friends adored.

Speaking of soft books, I also picked up Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne. This romance is very different to Sally Thorne’s other books but I think it is her best work. I found myself really routing for the characters to face their fears and achieve their dreams, and completely fell in love with the tortoises. If you want an adorable opposites attract and support each other romance then this is one you should pick up!

Books to Look Out For

I read many ARCs this month but my absolute favourite was The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec. This re-telling was one of the best I’ve read (I enjoyed it more than Madeline Miller). The writing is stunning and so is the character development. This is definitely a book for women.

I also read a sweet YA romance called Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. I had some minor issues but generally really enjoyed this cute story of two gay Bengali teens! I had fun getting to know Hani and Ishu’s personalities and exploring their relationships with their families and friendship groups.

Next month?

It’s that time again! I don’t know which books I’m going to be reading in May. I have a few more ARCs to get through which I’ll be attempting to finish, and some re-reads so I finish series (The Winner’s Curse and Viper). I’ve also got some Kindle Books to get through: Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson and Dear Martin by Nic Stone being two I’ve had on my to be read for a long time! I’ve also been dreaming about re-reading The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert now I have signed physical copies.

How have you been this April? It’s been a bit hectic at work and with having some outdoor family visits for the first time in ages. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments, link me your wrap-up posts. Can’t wait to get some new recommendations. Here’s to a May full of magical reads!

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