# of Books Read: 8
# of Pages Read: 3,694
Favourite Book(s) of the Month: Gemina, A River in Darkness
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
This was absolutely adorable! One of the best romances I have read and my favourite of the year so far. I realized that I am a sucker for a romance where one of the characters is famous in some way. I thought that this book was sweet and respectful. There were also moments that made me tear up. I did not read the first book in the series, but I highly recommend The Happy Ever After Playlist.
A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
I know that is a cliche to call a memoir harrowing, but that does not even begin to describe Ishikawa’s journey. It made me realize just how little I know about North Korea. I have been thinking about Ishikawa all month long and I hope that he was able to see his family again.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
I never thought that I would read any of Sarah J Maas’ novels, but I picked this up for a buddy read. I am glad that I read it as I have been curious about her writing. There is no denying that it was entertaining but it was just not for me. It was far too long and I was never invested in any of the characters.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
This memoir read more like a collection of essays, and for that reasons, there were some chapters that I absolutely love and others that I didn’t connect to. I think I would have appreciated this book more if I had children, but it is still fantastic and worth the read. I appreciate that Doyle put all her cards on the table, warts and all. I am looking forward to seeing what she writes next!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
One of my favourite sequels ever! I want to read it again as soon as I finished it. I love the chemistry and banter between the characters and the format is just so fun.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I thought that this was a fantastic conclusion to one of my favourite series. I will say that I think it could have been better if it was four books instead of three. There wasn’t enough time for me to become full invested in the new characters. That said, it was fun and there were some really amazing moments!
Still Life by Louise Penny
I am so invested in this series! I have already purchased the next three novels. I have only received the fourth on (of course!) and I keep telling myself that I must read them in order. I love the setting and all the Canadianism.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
I will start off by saying that there was a lot that I liked about this book. The writing is great and there were some moments that made me completely uncomfortable, in a good way. I did have a few issues with the pacing and the story dragged a little, but it was enjoyable overall. I will share more of my thoughts soon in a review!
Another strange month! I did the majority of my reading in the first two weeks and then I started freelancing and I am having a difficult time finding the right balance. It also explains why I have been rather inconsistent in posting lately. I will try to be better!
What was the best book you read in April? How are you holding up?