April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

Notice something different this month? Yes, you did! We managed to post two things that weren’t reviews/wrap ups!!!!

But not to worry, we are now returning to our regularly scheduled programming. All is well. Also this will be (very possibly) the last wrap up of the scholastic year in which we complain about school since May is the last month of our semester!! Yayyy!

Books Read:

Malka:

This month I actually read a lot more than I expected! Six books isn’t a new record by any means, but it hopefully signals that I’m starting to get out of the slump that I’ve been in for the past few months!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Y’all, I finally did it! I finally read The House in the Cerulean Sea! I had such a great time reading this book, like I knew I would! I now can’t wait to read Under the Whispering Door! I get the hype now. I truly do. This also was my first book of the year that was not a graphic novel or a romance (although there is a romance in here, of course). Look at me branching out!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I find it very interesting looking back how differently I feel about each of my 4 star reads!

I won’t go into detail about my full thoughts on The Intimacy Experiment, since I already have a full review you can read, but I enjoyed that one mostly because of the non-romantic elements.

Second First Impressions, I picked up on a whim and it was filled with so much cuteness and snuggles that I couldn’t help but have a great time!

As for Sips and Strokes, that book actually received a 3.5 star rating, but I decided to round up because of how strong the beginning was, and how much I wanted to love it. The beginning was a solid 5 star for me, but the end was more of a 3 star, so I figured it’s only fair to put it in the 4 star category when deciding whether to round up or down. But once again, drama and miscommunication just do not work for me!


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Both of these were just okay for me.

Cosmoknights was good, but the art style wasn’t my personal thing. It also took me a while to understand the world that we were in.

What We Don’t Talk About wasn’t what I was expecting, and didn’t really have the impact I thought it would. I appreciate the story it told, but wish it had gone a little further.


Chana:

I read 7 books in April! April went by suuuper fast for me and I expect May to go by even faster (hopefully). I had mostly 3 star reads this month, but I didn’t especially hate any of them, so I don’t mind!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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She Who Became the Sun comes out at the end of July and omfg you guys are not ready. The writing, the plot, the characters!! Everything about this book screams next big hit, I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read it!!


Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I had high expectations for The Space Between Worlds and it did not disappoint!! I absolutely loved the premise, I mean going to alternate realities to exploit their natural resources?? Definitely sounds like something that would happen.

I also started The Heaven Official’s Blessing last month! I only managed to finish the first book last month, but I’m currently on the last book and I can’t wait to be done with the series because I have been staying up all night reading these books and I need sleep.


Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Actually I lied, I didn’t particularly like any of these. The cover of Master Artificer links to my full review for anyone who’s interested.


Books Acquired:

Malka:

Purchased:

These first four books I purchased on a spontaneous trip to Barnes & Noble. I was having a bad day and needed a change of scenery, so obviously I visited a book store. My main goal was to pick up a copy of Hana Khan Carries On, since I enjoyed Ayesha at Last so much last month. Then, once I was there I posted on Instagram stories and had people vote on whether or not I should pick up books I was interested in, which is how The Midnight Library and The Duke Undone were acquired. I also bought Second First Impressions on a whim, since it sounded cute!

I then ordered myself a copy of Written in the Stars after hearing Sam from Thoughts on Tomes talk about how great it was on her Instagram live. It will probably be one of the next books I read, and the next section will explain why that is!


NetGalley:

I was lucky enough to get two books through NetGalley this month! The first is We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon, that I received as an Own Voices Jewish reviewer. I’m super excited to read it, and the only thing keeping me from starting it now is the fact that I have other e-ARCs I need to prioritize first. But as soon as I have the time (meaning, after the semester is over) this book is top priority!

Hang the Moon is actually the reason why I’ll definitely be reading Written in the Stars in May. This book is the companion story, and ideally I want to read the stories in order of publication. But since they’re both romances, I don’t anticipate that being an issue!


Chana:

From Publisher:

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NetGalley:

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I told myself that I was done requesting books from Netgalley, but it turns out I’m a horrible liar. But it’s ok, because I’m super excited to read these two!!


Things We Did:

Malka:

I said I’d have something exciting to talk about this month and I do! I got my first vaccine on the very last day of April! I also attended a COVID conscious BBQ where I got to see so many friends that I hadn’t seen in a while! I’m hopeful that this will slowly become a more common occurrence during the summer! Everything else I did was school related, but even that’s a bit exciting because the semester is ending in just a few short weeks!

Chana:

I did nothinggggg!! Well actually no, I bought a new plant to replace Frog (may his memory be a blessing) and I was assured that this plant could not be killed! Both the shopkeeper and the interwebs told me it’s near impossible to murder a peace lily.

Behold, on the left, Lily in her prime immediately after I purchased her. White flowers. Just chilling. Loving life. Contrasted by the photo on the right. Lily today. Dead af.

This may become a monthly feature called, “What poor piece of greenery did Chana manage to murder this month?”. But don’t worry we’ll make it fun. Next person to correctly guess which plant I’ll kill next gets a book.

What did you read this month? Do you have any plants? What’s the most exciting book you acquired? Any fun plans, reading or otherwise, for May?

21 thoughts on “April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

    1. Oooh, that’s amazing!! I have to ask your mom tips on how to upkeep plants because I definitely need it 😭

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  1. wonderful wrap-up, i had a lot of fun reading this post! :)) good luck to you both with the end of the semester!! i feel you haha, i honestly cannot wait for summer vacation (only 2 more weeks left of the semester for me)! and Malka, i also read The House in the Cerulean Sea in April and rated it 5 stars!! it’s truly such a heartwarming and wholesome book, i loved it so much and felt so happy while reading it 😊

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad! Right now it’s finals week, so it’s a bit rough, but I’m putting this blog to good use and procrastinating away! I am SO excited for the summer! I have a month off, and then I have an internship that I’m really excited for, so hopefully this summer will be lots of fun!

      Oooh! I’m so happy that you enjoyed The House in the Cerulean Sea as well! I read it while I was quite slumpy, so the fact that I enjoyed it so much is really a testament to how fantastic it is! Heartwarming and wholesome are the perfect words to describe it!

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  2. That plant comparison shouldn’t have make chuckle the way it did. Poor plant, still I’ve never been good at keeping plants alive mostly because I forget to water them oooopsies xD I’ve not really read anything though, I did start Shadow of the Fox but I am still only a chapter in. Hopefully I’ll manage to read it this month? Who knows, I’m still in such a reading slump and I hate it :/

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    1. Honestly, it’s hilarious…in like a sad pathetic way 😂 I kiiind of want to blame the ~sunlight~ in my room but I definitely know that it’s my fault for getting plants and forgetting about them.

      Oh no! I hope you were able to get out of your slump!! Reading slumps are *the worst* and the ever-present ever-annoying Goodreads challenge doesn’t help with its constant reminders that you’re behind 😓

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  3. Sips and Strokes is one I want to read! I’ve got the next Rachel Lynn Solomon book sitting on my shelf to read, and I can’t wait till I pick it up next week! I’ve got two more weeks of school, so I’ll be complaining probably for my next month wrap-up as well. lol. Hope you’re having a good May!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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    1. I hope you enjoy Sips and Strokes more than I did! It has a really great start, so if you’re not bothered by some of the things that happen later on, you should love it! Let me know what you think once you read it!

      Which Rachel Lynn Solomon book do you have on your TBR? I’ve actually only read two of her books so far, but I have an e-ARC of We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This that I’ll be starting as soon as finals end!

      I hope that the two weeks you have left of school don’t get too stressful! And good luck in any and all finals you might have!

      Thank you! I hope you’re having a fantastic May as well!

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    1. Yesss, plant murderers unite!! House in the Cerulean Sea is super cute!! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it 💕

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  4. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed The House on the Cerulean Sea, I didn’t get the TJ Klune hype but another blogger told me it was a great book and ended up listening to the audiobook and I adore that book. I need all of the TJ Klune books in my life. I can also tell I’ve missed a lot with blogging because this is the first time I’ve heard about Hana Kahn Carries On and I need it!

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    1. Oh yes! I’d heard lots about TJ Klune and The House in the Cerulean Sea before reading it, and I was kind of shocked that it lived up to all the hype! I haven’t really looked into his other works though, but I really should. I’m definitely excited for Under the Whispering Door though!

      I honestly didn’t see much buzz for Hana Khan Carries On! (Although to be fair, I have not blogged hopped in approximately 3 months). But it’s a really cute story and I hope that you pick it up and enjoy it!

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    1. It was such a cute and heartwarming story! I read it while I was quite slumpy and it still managed to make me smile! I think the characters were probably my favorite aspect! They all had such fantastic, lively personalities! I now can’t wait to read Under the Whispering Door when it comes out, since I’ve had a taste of TJ Klune’s writing!

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  5. May is almost done so I hope the last month of school went well. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a book I’ve wanted to read for too long now–I have a copy that keeps getting pushed back into the TBR as review books pop in ahead. I’m so glad you loved it and I really hope I get to it soon. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is going to be an auto buy for me as I love this author’s work.

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    1. The semester is now officially over, and it’s such a relief!

      And I felt the same way about The House in the Cerulean Sea! I heard great things for months and knew I wanted to read it, but only made time for it last month! And right now I have quite a few review books that are taking up my time, so I can definitely understand how that can keep you from reading other books you want to get too! I hope you have some free time soon to read it, and that you love it!

      I really need to read my ARC of We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This, since it comes out so soon! Now that school is over, it shouldn’t be too long before I have a chance to pick it up!

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