Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been eager to do my April Wrap-Up as I unfortunately didn’t have the best reading month. April ended up being a really busy month for me and I knew that my reading really took a hit. I also felt a bit overwhelmed but I’m hoping that May is much better and it ends up being a much better reading month for me. 🙂
April 2021 Reading Stats
- Books Read: 18
- Star Breakdown: 5-stars (3), 4-stars (8), 3.5 (3), 3 (4)
- Format Breakdown: Physical (1), Audio (4), Ebook (13)
- Total Page Count: 4,486
3 Disappointing Reads from April 2021
1. The Beast
The first disappointing read I had in April was The Beast by Katee Robert. This is an m/f/m romance that I’ve been dying to read. However, this book fell flat for me. It just felt like the relationship wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be and the book went by too fast. Plus it wasn’t nearly as steamy as I hoped for. I’m sad because I love this series but I’m keping my hopes up for the next book.
2. The Intimacy Experiment
The next disappointing read for me was The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. I saw so much hype for this and it just didn’t work for me. This book is a romance between Naomi and Ethan who is a rabbi and maybe i’ts just me but I didn’t love the religious aspects in the book. I also didn’t buy their romance as I didn’t feel like the two had chemistry. I’m sad as I loved The Roommate but I’m not ready to give up on this author yet.
3. Office Hours
The final disappointing read for me was Office Hours by Katrina Jackson. This book follows a romance between two professors and I don’t know if it was just slow or I couldn’t get into the writing style but this book just didn’t work for me. I’m sad because I love Katrina Jackson but thankfully, I didn’t rate it too low as it was still a 4 but I was hoping for it as 5-star read.
My 3 Favorite Reads of April 2021
1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown
My favorite book of April 2021 has to be Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone since I love Talia Hibbert. I also have a full post about this book and why you should read it. 😀
2. Ever After Always
The next book I loved in April was Ever After Always by Chloe Liese. This is the Bergman Sister book and I adored it. This book had amazing mental health rep, featured a marriage-in-trouble story line and gave me everything I wanted. Considering that I’m pretty anxious about something and this book talked about pregnancy, I ended up not loving it nearly as much. It was still a 4.5 read though so it wasn’t that bad.
3. Miss Meteor
My final favorite book of April was Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore. I talked about this during my #ReadFatPositive wrap-up and it had two friends-to-lovers romance which I adored. Plus it had a great female friendship which was everything to me. As per AMM’s books, there is also a small magical realism story line if you were worried about that. 🙂
Biggest Surprise Read of April 2021
My most surprising read from April was Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. This is book 3 in the Once Upon A Con series and I loved it. This was such a cute Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring one of the side characters from the first two books. This was super short with a great audiobook and had the perfect amount of BATB references without being annoying. I know I don’t read YA much anymore, but I feel like I’m doing a great job in picking ones I know I’ll enjoy.
Those were my reads from April. Like I said, I didn’t have the best reading month but I plan on trying to change that in May. Either way, I’m not unhappy with the books I’ve read and I’m extremely happy that I branched out when it came to formats this month. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.