Book Review

April 2020 – Wrap Up

Well it’s been a month hasn’t it. Or was it a year? Time feels simultaneously dragging and careening out of control lately!

But here I am with a recap of what I’ve been reading for the month of April. There aren’t very many books, but since I cancelled my classes for the semester I have had at least a little more time to read than I would normally in the spring. So here we go…


The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

This was a surprise, I know this author is fairly famous, but I’d never read The Secret Life of Bees, or anything else by her before. It was very enjoyable and thought provoking.

My review found here.






The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

What if one day the world just stopped?

This was an intriguing read. How do you survive after a climate crisis? One woman will find out that things are not what they seem.

Review to come.



Vanessa Yu


Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

I absolutely adored this book.  I think it just came at the right time for me.  I needed something light, fluffy and sweet. So many delicious descriptions of french bakeries, along with a magical love story.  If you’re looking for a light read you can’t go wrong with this.

Review to come.




Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

I had high hopes for this debut novel.  It just didn’t gel for me.  Historical fiction about three women during and after the Civil War.  An enslaved woman, her mother and the white woman who owns them both.  Still can’t quite pinpoint why it didn’t speak to me. 

My review found here.




Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The second book in a really fantastic fantasy series. I was refreshing Netgalley constantly so I could get my hands on this.  Did not disappoint.  But don’t start here, go get book one if you’re interested.

My review found here.



100 cookies100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen by Sarah Kieffer

I mean need I say more.  Everyone is baking up a storm these days and I LOVE making cookies. So I am excited to try a few of these recipes.  She has some really excellent tips in here too.

Review to come.



magic lessons

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I think most people come to Ms. Hoffman’s books because of the movie Practical Magic.  I’ve never seen it, but I love this series of books.  I don’t know why but books about women who are natural healers or witches just speak to me.  She is also a very accomplished writer.  I really loved this one.

Review to come.




Vicious by V.E. Schwab

What a book.  What characters.  Talk about unreliable narrators and anti-heroes.  Exciting stuff!  But what else can you expect from Mr. Schwab. I can’t wait for her new book. 

I don’t think I’ll be reviewing this one.  It’s not an ARC and I tend not to review books that I’m just reading for fun time.



**** Oh heck, I just resorted my Goodreads list by “date read” and it pulled up a bunch more April books.  This is going to take a while. (facepalm) ****


nameless queen

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

I … don’t … remember this one too much.  Like I said, it’s been a loooooong April.  A queen, who doesn’t have a name? Oh wait, I kind of remember it now.  I liked the heroine.  Sorry guys, I’ll look over my notes before I write the real review for it.

Review to come.



Buried World

The Buried World by Jeff Wheeler

Great cover right?  Jeff Wheeler is kind of an auto-buy/download for me.  His books are always interesting, epic fantasy that just rockets along in the second half.  Looking forward to book 3 in this series.

Review to come.




Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

What a writer.  He is just.  Inimitable.  This is one of my favorites, not just because the story is exciting and fantastical, but it’s the main character who I am drawn to.  She grows so much through the book, and her journey paralleled one I was making as I left the cult I had grown up in. This is one I’m very fond of.

Another fun read, no review.


mistborn lg

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson books are like popcorn or potato chips.  You can’t just stop at one.  Mistborn is the perfect entry into the world of Sanderson books.  Cinematic, epic and well written. 


Another fun read, no review.



darker shade

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

What was a I saying about Sanderson and potato chips?  Same with V.E. Schwab. Started with Vicious, then ended up with Darker Shade of Magic.  Which I just realized, I never finished this series!  No time like the present! 

My TBR is calling but I’m taking a detour.

Another fun read, no review.



Phew, that was quite a list!  So many good books though.  Well, on to May.


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