What I Read in April ’19

The Poet X
Elizabeth Agevedo

Surprisingly, I really liked this. I’m not the biggest poetry fan in the world but I love how she expressed who she was and what she was going through via poems. It was so emotional and profound. I love how tough the main charecter is, as well. I really love strong, fierce women.

The Quiet at the End of the World
Lauren James

If I knew this was the same author who wrote THE LONLIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE I would have read it a lot sooner, because I loved that book and I loved this one. I really liked experiancing a world where you can’t have children and how humans worked to overcome that, as we always do.

Inn Between
Marina Cohen

Not to say that I didn’t like it but because I have been hyping this up in my head for so long, I guess it ended up falling a bit flat for me and it didn’t give me what I expected from it.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Jenny Han

For a romance, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I don’t know, it was super cheesy and filled with cliches but it was so fluffy, cute and light-hearted that it was honestly hard to hate it. I can’t wait to read P.S I STILL LOVE YOU and THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY.

Flowers in the Attic
Virginia Andrews

Okay, when I was reading this I was like “this as a lot of chapters and it’s super descriptive, my autistic/ADHD brain doesn’t like this” but on reflection this book was incredible. Morbidly beautiful, stunningly dark. I want to review this properly but I don’t even know what else to say other than “wow that was gorgeous”. Especially the way they stick together and strengthen their love throughout the difficult times. I bought the second book, of course.

Waking Gods (Sleeping Giants #2)
Sylvain Neuvel

This was a pretty great sequel to Sleeping Giants. It was full of action and excitement and twists. A lot happened here that I honestly never thought would. I can’t wait to read the finale.

PS I Still Love You
Jenny Han

I really liked this one and it made me fall in love with Lara Jean even more. She’s so sweet and such a hopeless romantic. It’s so hard not to fall for someone so truly lovely. My heart broke everytime she was anything but happy.

Noughts and Crosses
Malorie Blackman

That was one of the most painful books I have ever had to read and there’s still three more books left in the series. I’m going to die.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Jenny Han

A perfect ending to a beautiful series. Lara Jean did a lot of growing up in this one and she made such mature and responsible decisions. I love her, and I can’t wait to re-read this again in future. It’s a bittersweet goodbye so something that brought me a lot of joy this month.

Fluffy’s Revolution
Ted Myers

Yep, I’ve finally decided to go back to requesting books from NetGalley again and this is one of the ones I’ve been approved for. It was really funny, heartwarming and absolutely adorable. I have a review up for this one here.

They/Them/Their
Eris Young

Again, another NetGalley read. This one was really thought provoking, interesting and made me think about some things even though I am also non binary. I think this is a perfect little guide if you’re looking to know more or understand it better. It also talks about binary genders and sexuality. I have a review for this one up here. This comes out in September!

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Rick Riordan

This one is probably my favourite in the series. It was fast paced, humorous and there wasn’t a single page that was boring. I loved it.

The Gifted, The Talented and Me
William Sutcliffe

This comes out on the 2nd of May! Honestly, my expectations were higher than what this actually gave me. It was just problematic. I still enjoyed some parts, Sam is super funny.

My So Called Bollywood Life
Nisha Sharma

I have a review for this one written up here if you want to read what I thought about it in more detail but, to sum it up, I really enjoyed it and I was genuinely sad when it finished which doesn’t happen often anymore.

Only Human
Sylvain Neuvel

This is the last of the Themis Files books and it really felt like it was missing something although I’m not sure what. More information on the alien planet, maybe? But I did really enjoy it.

Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Stories

It took me a little bit to get into this but I ended up really enjoying it, especially since each story was drawn in a different comic style because it was told by a different artist. I really love fairytales and I enjoyed reading fables and fairytales from different countries.

The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods
Emily Barr

I will admit that I didn’t like this at first but as the story progressed I ended up really, really enjoying it and I’m now fully convinced to try some of this authors other works. I have a full review for this book written up here if you want to know more about my thoughts.

How to Speak Cat
National Geographic Kids 

I really, really enjoyed this. I’m probably not going to write a proper review on this because it feels weird writing a review on something that’s basically a textbook but it was a really funny way to be educational about cats. I own a cat and I learnt new things!

Notes on a Nervous Planet
Matt Haig

I really liked this, actually. I’ll probably upload a detailed discussion/review of this on a later date (especially since some of it was pretty problematic/I didn’t agree with), but that probably won’t be soon because I have no time to do anything! There’s a lot I want to say on this one, though.

 

Considering how little time this month I had to read because of my upcoming maths exam and the fact that I have to finish all my assignments soon because college is ending in the past month, I think I did quite well! I’m probably going to catch up on my NetGalley reads but I’m not going to read as much next month, or I’m going to try not to because I have SO much I need to get done. Phew. Anyway, see you soon.

A.W

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