April ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

Look! I’m on time! haha. I am now managing to share one post a month! That was my plan for 2019 and it took me a year, but I got it done! I’ve been so happy to start making my little internet space my home again. I wanted to share, in case you didn’t know, I’ve become much more active in my bookstagram during my little blogging hiatus. If you’re on that platform, check out my account with the same name and let’s chat there!

Also, just to add a little disclaimer, my read count for the year is much higher than the books I include in this wrap up because I read a lot of things for college that I count towards my goal but don’t chat about here. Because, you know, I can haha.

SO let’s get started!

Personal Thoughts

April was definitely something else haha. It was definitely the hardest month I’ve had this year, as I’m sure it has been for many other people. I was really up and down emotionally and mentally, every other week was a whole different set of emotions. This isolation is definitely no joke and it can really take a toll on you. I know that this is the best thing for my community and my loved ones right now, but I’ve reached the moment where I am getting sick and tired of being inside and not spending time with my friends or my boyfriend. I really hope everything can come to a time of peace again soon. I hope you are all doing as well as you can and I’m always here to chat if anyone needs to vent!

Library Book Haul

Book Haul

Books I Read

  1. Hired (Happy Endings #2) by Zoey Castile – I was super excited to continue with this series and this sequel was amazing! I really enjoyed the first book but the second book was even better! I loved the main characters as well as their relationship and how well everything developed within the plot. It was just so sweet and wholesome while still integrating the realities of life within. I can’t wait to finish the series!
  2. Little White Lies (Debutantes #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Re-read! I got really excited when I saw the sequel on Overdrive so I felt the need to reread the first book and I have absolutely no regrets! This book has everything I love about contemporary thrillers and the twists did not dampen even on the second read. Super recommend!
  3. The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan – Finally reached a book in this series I hadn’t read yet! haha. I had a lot of apprehension going into this book because unfortunately, I was spoiled for a very important moment in this book on Twitter. However, I don’t really think that soured my reading experience. It was definitely really engaging and entertaining, even if I didn’t feel as emotionally connected as other readers might have been.
  4. Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – This sequel was EVERYTHING! I am completely obsessed with this duology. Honestly, I could reread it again right this second. This book took me on the wildest ride of my life. I was not expecting ANY of the twists and turns that were all over the plot of this book and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Not only that, but these characters are now some of my favorites of all time. I love this series!
  5. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – I really love Sandhya Menon’s books. They are the epitome of cute YA rom coms for me. However, this one is definitely not my favorite. I got really frustrated with Twinkle, really fast haha. I understood her perspective, but it got old quickly. I felt like that part stretched out too long, souring some of the romance for me. But the ending was really sweet and I enjoyed myself while I was reading most of the time.
  6. The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan – Best book of the series so far! I was super excited to get into this one, mostly because it’s the most recent book and I wanted to be up to date. I absolutely loved this one! This book had Reyna as a prominent character and she is one of my absolute favorites of all time. I’m finally getting more comfortable with Apollo’s point of view and I just can’t wait to see how this series will end.
  7. Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton – After finishing Hired, I was super in the mood for more adult romance, so I jumped onto this series! I absolutely loved Alice’s Wallbanger series when I read it years ago and I’ve been wanting to read more of her books since. This first book did not disappoint! It was cute, with lots of flirty banter and great banter between the main characters. I was totally surprised by an unexpected twist but that made the whole book much more interesting.
  8. Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2) by Alice Clayton – This is my favorite book from this series! Not only is the romance between a plus size, sassy woman and a gruff and tough Polynesian man, but it was absolutely hilarious! I love books that feel like rom com movies and this one fits the bill perfectly. I laughed out loud constantly, yet there were moments that were powerful and heartwarming. It was just so good!
  9. Buns (Hudson Valley #3) by Alice Clayton – This book was a good finale, but definitely was a bit of a let down compared to the previous one. I kind of knew from page one who the romance was gonna revolve around and while I liked that, it was definitely not as engaging as the book before it. This one also had a lot more difficult topics talked about and I almost wish the order would switch these last two to end of a super high note.
  10. The Grift of the Magi (Heist Society #3.5) by Ally Carter – This was just a cute little short story from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter which is one of my favorites. It’s all about thieves, think of Ocean’s 11 that sort of thing but YA haha. I was super happy to be back with these characters, even though it was for a short time and I still want that fourth book that’s never gonna come!
  11. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han – I finally decided to continue with this series after reading the first book awhile back and watching the sequel on Netflix! I was totally unprepared for the beginning since it had a little bit of a different timeline from the movie. However, I think the book was good! I liked being able to see more from Lara Jean’s perspective and on her emotions throughout. I’m wondering what the last book is about because I think this felt like a good closure.

Challenges Update

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge – 28/30 (93%)
  • Read It While It’s Hot Challenge – 1/12
  • Finishing the Series Challenge – 2/12

So that’s it for this post! Thanks so much for reading if you’ve made it this far! I would love to chat and talk books. Let me know what you read in April or if you’ve read any books that I have on my list. Also, I’m on a romance binge so any recs that you can send my way are definitely welcomed!

5 thoughts on “April ’20 Wrap Up

  1. So good to see you here again! Seems like you had a good reading month! The Hudson Valley series sounds to be the kind of addictive fun and cute reads! I’ll definitely keep them in mind for when I’m in the mood. Hope you have a great May!!

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