This might have been my most successful reading month on record, I was seriously ploughing through books for the first two weeks of April and as a result this wrap up is way longer than expected, but some of these reads were pretty brilliant. Scroll down for a mini review of all twelve books I read this month.
After You, Jojo Moyes
The sequel to one of my all time favourite books, Me Before You, After You follows Lou’s journey as she deals with the fallout of the events from book one *cries uncontrollably*. I adored this book and it was lovely to be reunited with Lou Clark again, and all her unique mishaps.
Still Me, Jojo Moyes
I found this book a little frustrating with all the miscommunications that helped build the storyline, but I still loved it. It was incredible to see Lou finally spread her wings and fulfil Will’s wish for her to live a life she was proud of. Many tears were shed, I would highly recommend.
Blood Orange, Harriet Tyce
As the April pick for @bethsbookclub_ on Instagram, I had absolutely no choice but to read Blood Orange. Beth’s books never let me down, and this one didn’t either. I struggled at first as I really disliked the main character, Alison, but it’s a very fast paced read and the ending was a real shocker.
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
I decided to reread the trilogy this month with the prequel releasing in a few weeks (so unbelievably excited) and I can’t lie, I got a little obsessed. My April was largely filled with reading, watching and talking about the Hunger Games at every given opportunity. I think that speaks for itself.
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Equally as good as the original book which I find quite rare for a sequel, Catching Fire is every bit as exciting as The Hunger Games and introduces us to Finnick Odair. For that reason alone, I will always love it.
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Whilst I still really enjoyed Mockingjay, it doesn’t really live up to the first two books for me. It is more of a war book with lots of discussion of strategy which is fine, but not really the kind of thing I usually read. Still, you can’t read the other two and not find out how the series ends, would highly recommend everyone returns to Panem before reading the prequel this month.
The Places I’ve Cried in Public, Holly Bourne
It took me a while to get into this one and I’m not great at reading books which follow the lives of teenagers as personally everything feels very trivial, however this book actually explored some very serious issues of gaslighting and abuse and handled these issues very well. A lovely story of recovery, would highly recommend.
In Five Years, Rebecca Searle
In Five Years was a real “bookstagram made me do it” read. I didn’t really know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. Tears were shed, it explored themes of love between friends and not just romantic love. It was a beautiful story and a real page turned, definitely worth the read.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
I love Eleanor Oliphant with all my heart. It’s been a really long time since I’ve rooted for a character with every fibre of my being, but something about Eleanor’s quirky nature made me fall in love with her. This book deals with some very serious issues but Eleanor’s story of recovery was absolutely stunning. My favourite book of this month.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
Returning to Hogwarts is never disappointing, there’s a real sense of home that comes with these books. I had totally forgotten about some of the details of Chamber of Secrets such as Nearly Headless Nick’s death day party and Lockhart’s Valentines Day celebrations. I loved rereading this.
The Switch, Beth O’Leary
This is where my reading slowed down this month. After falling in love with The Flatshare earlier this year I was very eagerly anticipating The Switch and for me it didn’t quite hit the mark in the same way. Read my full review for more details on why (found under ‘Books’ section of my blog).
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
I really wanted to love this books, but it was so slow to start I very nearly gave up on it. Once it kicked in at around 150 pages I loved it, but unfortunately it didn’t quite make up for its slow beginning. Again, read my full review for more thoughts.
On the whole, I’ve really enjoyed this month’s reading and I hope May follows in similar suit. I’m planning to read a few of the classics this month, particularly by the Bronte sisters, as well as another Harry Potter reread and some more book club picks. Let me know what you think of these books in the comments or on Instagram!