April Reading Wrap Up

Hello! April is finally over, although to be honest, it didn’t really feel that long. We were both swamped with schoolwork, which is only going to get worse as we get closer to our finals in May. So if you’ve been wondering why we haven’t been posting frequently or blog hopping, that’s why! Thankfully we still managed to get quite a bit of reading done, which is what you’re here to read about! As always, all covers link to Goodreads!

Books Read:

Malka:

I had a pretty great reading month in April! I read 8 books, which I’m quite happy with, and I really enjoyed most of them. I also read 2 backlist ARCs, which is helping me towards my goal of finishing all my backlist physical ARCs before the end of 2020. As you can see my reading was split between romances and more contemporary stories (one had some zombies thrown in, but for some reason, I still consider it a contemporary). That will probably be true of my wrap up next month as well. I just want to read all the happy fluffy stories! You see that 2-star book? It was not happy fluffy. For shame! (But just to be clear it didn’t get 2 stars because it didn’t make me happy. I had other issues with it as well.) I also am really proud of myself for reading Foolish Hearts! So many people recommended that book to me when I asked about good contemporary stories, and while I didn’t absolutely love it, for most of the story I had a really fun time, and I’m definitely glad I read it!

I really want to shout out 2 of the books I read. The first one is Wild and Crooked. That book is insanely underrated! You know when you read a book and you’re just filled with love for it as you’re reading and you know it will get 5 stars? That was how I felt about this book. It has such fabulous disability rep and quite a few queer and questioning characters as well. There was so much about this book that was absolutely wonderful that I just don’t understand why so few people have picked this book up! (It’s even super discounted on Book Outlet if this has convinced you to pick it up!).

The other book I’m going to shout out is Girls Save the World in This One. It just released on April 14th, and I had so much fun reading this book! It follows a zombie apocalypse that conveniently takes place at a zombie convention! I know that new releases are struggling at the moment, so I wanted to just take a moment to bring this one to your attention!

Five Stars:

Wild & Crooked

Four Stars:

Girls Save the World in This One Devil's Daughter When a Duke Loves a Woman

Three Stars:

Devil of the Highlands Foolish Hearts The Princess Trap

Two Stars:

The Spaces Between Us

Chana:

I don’t remember a thing I read this month. This is probably because I did most of my reading at the beginning of the month and then from like April 13th and onward I barely read a thing. My original goal was to read and review the books I needed to for Netgalley. Um. That did not happen this month. But! I did read a whole bunch of books from my physical TBR backlist! The only things I’ve read this month that weren’t on my physical TBR backlist were 10 issues of the Lark’s Killer comic book series. Unfortunately for me, only the first 5 issues were on Goodreads so I am still behind on my challenge.

Five Stars:

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Books Acquired:

Malka:

Purchased:

I purchased quite a few books this month! If you read my post How Do You Discover New Books, you already know that my TBR was lacking cute contemporaries. So based on recommendations that I gathered from that post I bought some books! I also purchased Shadowshaper, because I’ve had an ARC of the sequel since 2017 and I know that the only way I’ll ever get to book 2 is if I had a physical copy of book 1 to read. I bought these books from a variety of places, which helped me both support indie book stores, and manage within my budget, since I got half of these from Book Outlet.

I’m also super proud that I’ve already read half the books on this list! It makes me feel better about the fact that I’m already contemplating which books I should buy next. I have my eye on quite a few new releases that come out in May, but I welcome any other romance or contemporary recommendations you have for me!

Shadowshaper How We Roll Announcing Trouble Wild & Crooked Foolish Hearts When a Duke Loves a Woman

Chana:

I didn’t buy any books this month! I do plan on buying something soon though because since reading a whole bunch of my physical TBR books I now need to immediately fill up the space left in my reading cart.

Things We Did:

Malka:

I honestly can’t think of anything interesting that I’ve done this past month. My life has mostly consisted of school, reading, and playing Words With Friends obsessively. Once the semester is over though, I plan on doing some more exciting activities (meaning puzzles), so hopefully, I’ll have more to report in next month’s wrap up.

Chana:

I watched 2 and a half season’s of Community! I am currently obsessed with the show it is so good! If you haven’t watched it, go watch it! And if you have, please rant with me about it in the comments because apparently everyone watched this show 10 years ago and are already over it.

Posts We Loved:

We know that this section is super small, but like we mentioned, we’ve been super busy! We can’t wait to read some more awesome posts once our semester is over!

Amy @ Bookish Heights wrote a fabulous guide to requesting ARCs on NetGalley that I wish I had read when I started out!

If you’re looking for some great F/F recs Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea wrote a post about all the F/F books she’s read.

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 What was your favorite book this month? What genre have you been reaching for lately? Are you buying more or less books recently? Have you watched Community?

45 thoughts on “April Reading Wrap Up

    1. It was so good! It’s one of the books that I’m definitely going to be recommending for the next who knows how long. I’m also super excited for Alix E. Harrow’s next book, I saw that they started printing ARCs and they look so pretty 😍 I hope you have a fantastic May too!!

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    1. Aah, it’s like all my motivation to read left me 😅 I’m going to try to be better about it this month but we’ll see how it works out. Thank you, Kay!! I hope you have a great May!

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    1. Yay! Sick Kids in Love was one of my favorite books last year, and I’m so excited whenever anyone reads it because I think it’s super underrated!

      And I’ve been the exact same way! Romance and contemporary are the only 2 genres I’m reaching for, but I’m actually okay with that since those are my two favorite genres!

      But I definitely hope that May is a wonderful month for everyone!

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  1. i’m glad you had fun with foolish hearts malka, even if it wasn’t your favorite!! and aahh chana i’m so happy you loved gideon the ninth, the house on the cerulean sea, and the ten thousand doors of january! i’m really excited about reading all of those 💕 i hope your may is full of great books!!

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    1. They were all so good!! When we were writing the wrap-up I had to stop myself from writing 3 paragraphs ranting about how good Gideon the Ninth was, since I figured if I’m writing so much maybe I should just do a review 😂 I hope you enjoy it too, when you read it! And I hope you have a wonderful May as well!! 💕

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  2. That’s a good number of books considering you were both busy with school work. I just bought Gideon the Ninth the other day and I’m excited to read. And Community! I did watch Community ages ago but I might need to rewatch because it was so good ‘6 seasons and a movie!’. It was just a little weird yet it always had me laughing. I haven’t seen a show as good for a while.

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    1. Gideon the Ninth was SO good! It was like everything I ever wanted in a book, and I’m just so excited for Harrow the Ninth to come out. Aaah, yesss! Community! From season 2 onwards that show just goes completely off the rails, and it’s amazing. I hope you have a great May (in which you may or may not rewatch Community 😉).

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  3. Glad you liked 10k Doors. I read this month for bookclub on reddit/fantasy and I loved it, but a lot of people did not like the prose.
    I’m really looking forward to grabbing The House in the Cerulean Sea.

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    1. I really enjoyed The Ten Thousand Doors of January! I had heard that it was written very purple prosey, but in general, I’m a fan of that, so it worked out well for me. The House in the Cerulean Sea was so cute! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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  4. I’m so glad to see you gave Gideon the Ninth 5 stars Chana! I just bought that on my Kindle and I’ve heard good things about it, so I’m excited to read it.
    I hope you both have a good May, and good luck with your finals! 🙂

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    1. I really hope you like it!! For me, it was one of those books where I wish I could do something more than rating it 5 stars just to let everyone know how much I enjoyed it. I guess I could write a review which I might do, because I kind of want everyone to read it now 😂. But I really hope that you enjoy it too! Thank you! I hope you have a great May as well 💕💕

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  5. Goodness, you both are putting my reading to shame! I’ve been swamped with school too, and I only finished one book in April! It was called Standing By – not a favorite but still alright. Lately I’ve been reaching for a lot of contemporary YA (my comfort genre, haha). I just started What I Like About You, and it is soooo good!

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    1. We’re called Paper Procrastinators for a reason! 😂 I definitely reached for a book instead of my schoolwork more than I should have!

      I’ve been reaching for contemporary as well! YA contemporary and romance are definitely my comfort genres! I’ve heard that What I Like About You is really cute, so hopefully May is a better reading month than April was for you!

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  6. You read a lot for someone who’s swamped with schoolwork! Foolish Hearts has been on my TBR for a long time too and for some reason it’s still there. I totally get how you want to read fluffy contemporaries, so maybe I should check it out now…
    Great wrap-up, happy May! 🙂

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    1. I guess we live up to our name of Paper Procrastinators then! 😂

      I read Foolish Hearts because I’ve had it recommended to me so many times, and I know that it’s a favorite Emma Mills book for so many people! I think it was really cute and I absolutely adored all the relationships in here! If you’re looking for fluffy contemporaries, this one is perfect!

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful May!

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    1. That’s so sweet of you, Caitlin! I’m quite honestly counting down the days until my last final at this point (16 more days, give or take a few hours) because I’m just so ready to be done with online learning! I can’t wait to have time to do things I enjoy without feeling guilty. Knowing there’s an end in sight helps a bit, and I appreciate your words of encouragement and sympathy so very much! 💕

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  7. Good luck with those approaching finals, girls!

    I don’t think either of you have read any books that are on my radar (let us also consider my radar is extremely close-range right now and mainly focused on my physical TBR haha). I do plan on reading Where Dreams Descend soon, despite the increasing number of 3* reviews I’m seeing.

    I tried watching Community a few years ago, but I never got into it! I’m sorry, another person you can’t chat about it with, Chana!

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    1. Thank you!!

      Hahaha, my radar has also mostly become the books in my shelves. Every so often I’ll look off wistfully into the distance at upcoming or new releases, but I’m trying to have self-control and take care of everything I already have.

      I have mixed feelings about Where Dreams Descend. I’m going to write a review eventually, but I was just mainly confused. Which might reflect more on my reading comprehension rather than the book itself 😅

      Aww, it’s ok. This is what I get for watching a show years after it ended 😂😂 I hope you have a fantastic May, Sha!

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      1. You know how sometimes horses have little shields on the sides of their faces, to keep them from viewing things that come from the side that will spook them? That’s me, with new releases. Except it’s not so I don’t spook, it’s so I stay controlled and focused on not going crazy with the buying hahaha.

        Confusion with a book can be the worst though! At least when you hate something, you know why you hate it and what could have been done to change it. But confusion… that can haunt forever.

        Alright, May might have been my worst month of 2020 yet but… on to June! Oh gosh, how is it June already… that is unreal.

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        1. Aaah, you explained it so well!! I also have this thing that when I’m trying to have self-control I can suddenly think of ALL the new releases, but suddenly when I actually want to buy a book I’ve forgotten all about them?

          I’m so sorry that May wasn’t your month! Also I literally cannot believe that it’s almost June? I feel like 2020 just started, the months are flying by so fast 😓

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  8. You both read some great books this month!! I adored The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Princess Trap is one of my most anticipated romances. I’m also super excited to finally get to Gideon the Ninth and Timekeeper (such a shame you wasn’t a fan of that one, just curious, why wasn’t it your cup of tea? 😊). Amazing post!

    Thank you SO much for adding my post! I’m so glad you liked it 😊

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    1. Gideon the Ninth was fantastic!! I really liked the concept behind Timekeeper. The world-building was really cool, and just the general idea that time relies on clocks was super original. My issue was mostly with the characters I guess? The main character came across as a bit one dimensional to me, and the romance was sort of insta-lovey with not much development. But I know that loads of people adore it, so I hope you like it when you read it!!

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  9. Yay for some good reads! My reading has been down for April but I’ve just read a good one so hopefully I’m on the upswing haha! Hope your May is a great reading month.

    Ten Thousand Doors is one I really want to read!

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    1. Ten Thousand Doors is so great!! Everything about it was so good, the writing, the plot, the characters. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

      My reading has been fluctuating so much right now 😂 But the good thing about May is that it’s a day longer than April! So hopefully we’ll have more time to get some reading done. Have a fantastic May!!

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  10. I’m sad you didn’t love The Princess Trap and Foolish Hearts, Malka. 😦 But I’m glad to see you rated Devil’s Daughter four stars. I really loved that book, and I’m in love with the cover. 😀

    I feel you on Timekeeper, Chana! I read it a while ago, and while I wanted to love it, I found the characters one dimensional and boring. Characters make or break a novel for me, so liking the world building didn’t help it (also, the plot was a bit meh, as far as I remember.) Silver in the Woods was so cute, I really enjoyed it. I liked The Guest List a bit more than you – rated it four stars – but it definitely wasn’t perfect, and I expected more.

    Hope you’re both having a great May! 🙂

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    1. I feel the same way! I much prefer character-driven stories, and when there are books where the characters aren’t strong I just find myself criticizing them and not understanding their motives for the entire book. Silver in the Wood was so cute!

      When I started the Guest List I couldn’t really get into it, but the last third of the book was so good! It really took me by surprise and I honestly loved how intertwined everything was. I’d say my rating is more of a 3.5, and I ended up giving it 3 stars mostly because of the beginning.

      I hope your May is going well too!! 💕

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  11. Best of luck for your finals, I’m certain you’ll do GREAT! ❤
    It seems like you both had a good reading month, that's so great! I'm so happy you loved Wild and Crooked, I agree that it is a wildly underrated contemporary, it was such a great read! 🙂 and ahhh I'm very very excited to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January at some point, it sounds like such a fantastic book.
    Have a lovely May and take care ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you! I certainly hope so! Most of my professors are certainly not making things any easier despite the circumstances, but I’m trying my best!

      It really was a great reading month for me! Wild and Crooked blew me away with how wonderful it was! It’s now joining my list of underrated books that I will try to get everyone to read!

      I hope you have a lovely May as well! 💕

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  12. Good luck with your finals!

    I’ve been meaning to read Silver in the Wood and The House in the Cerulean Sea. Have been hearing good things about those two, especially the latter! Also, your reasons might be different but we’re on the same page with Timekeeper. I wanted to love it so badly! It has everything I ever wished in a book with m/m romance 😥

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    1. Thank you, Aina!!

      Yess, Silver in the Wood, and The House in the Cerulean Sea are both great! Ahh, I know it’s bad but I’m so happy that there are other people who didn’t like the book 😅 I’m debating trying out the second one, since I really didn’t enjoy The Timekeeper, but maybe it gets better?

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  13. You had excellent book months despite also having end of school year assignments and exams. i hope your exams went well! I read and loved The How and The Why, The Poet X, and Agnes at the End of the World (ARC).

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    1. Thank you!! I just finished my last final yesterday and am hoping the results are good 😄 The Poet X is amazing!! I read Clap When You Land last week and it was also fantastic, I was so happy when I saw that Elizabeth Acevedo wrote another book in full verse!

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