Well, April was a pretty life-changing month for me. I discovered Sarah J. Maas’s series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I will never be the same again. Plus, I managed to read 23 books total this month and loved so many of them! Keep reading for my list and thoughts.
1 to 4. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
☆☆☆☆☆ – I genuinely don’t know what to say about this series. Have you ever felt so captivated by something that you’re not able to pull back and summarize your thoughts? That’s how I feel right now. The first three books, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin are all five-star books. I loved the novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight but it was only a four-star book for me. Still, I’m giving the entire series five stars.
5. Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly
☆☆☆☆ – I really enjoyed Cora Reilly’s earlier books in this mafia romance series so I was excited to pick up her newest one. This was lacking in the drama and excitement that I’d come to expect from her previous books, but was still a fun and quick romance read.
6. Once a Myth by Pepper Winters
☆ – I don’t really know what I was expecting but this was really bad. I just picked this up because it sounded so dark and taboo but that’s an hour of my time I’m never getting back.
7. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton [gifted]
☆☆☆ – This was a sweet, feminist, young-adult debut but it fell a little short for me. Click here for my full review of The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly will be out May 5!
8. Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida [gifted]
☆☆☆☆ – Siri, Who Am I? is fast-paced, hilarious, and escapism at its best. It was unlike anything I’d ever read before and I really enjoyed it. I don’t know how to categorize it but it’s got elements of contemporary romance and contemporary fiction. Stay posted for my full review of Siri, Who Am I? next week!
Siri, Who Am I? will be out May 5!
9. The Holdout by Graham Moore
☆☆☆☆½ – This was a fantastic thriller written by the screenwriter of The Imitation Game. I really enjoyed this one and definitely did not see the twist coming!
10. Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
☆☆☆☆ – Penelope Douglas writes some of my favorite romances in the new adult genre and Misconduct didn’t disappoint. This is probably my favorite Penelope Douglas book!
11. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
☆☆☆☆ – After reading and loving Riley Sager’s third book, Lock Every Door (full review here!), I was really excited to jump into his backlist. This was an entertaining thriller that I really enjoyed, despite not being a big fan of dark-secret-from-your-past thrillers.
12. Virtually Screwed by Isla Olsen
☆☆☆ – This was another fun new adult romance that I read this month. I actually really enjoyed most of this book but the ending was so rushed that I knocked a star off of my rating.
13. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
☆☆☆☆ – After hearing Alex (@commasandcarbs), one of my favorite accounts and humans, rave about this series (and also after experiencing the perfection that is ACOTAR), I was excited to pick this one up. I enjoyed the first book and already know Celaena will be a new favorite heroine of mine!
14. Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka [gifted]
☆☆☆☆ – Time of Our Lives is sweet, nostalgic, and thoughtful—everything I’ve come to love and expect from Wibbroka. Click here for my full review of Time of Our Lives.
15. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
☆☆½ – The writing was absolutely beautiful but I have no idea what happened in this story. I enjoyed the part about the Ponzi Scheme (hence the ½ star) though.
16. The Song of Achilles by Madeline E. Miller
☆☆☆☆☆ – I didn’t think anything could beat Circe, which I chose as my favorite book of 2019, but The Song of Achilles was absolutely phenomenal. Madeline E. Miller puts so much care into her stories and it really shows. Intimate, resonant, and deeply heartbreaking, Miller’s account of the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles is one that will stay with me for years to come.
17. The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren [gifted]
☆☆☆☆ – I’ll automatically buy anything Christina Lauren writes because they’re just so reliable. They consistently write such feel-good stories with heart, warmth, and chemistry. While this wasn’t their best, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Click here for my full review of The Honey-Don’t List.
18. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
☆☆ – It’s time for my verrryyy unpopular opinion: I really didn’t like this one. I know it’s considered to be a modern classic and one of the most intimate and lovely romances but I just found it to be so pretentious. I’ve heard that I should’ve watched the movie first but hindsight is 20/20.
19. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
☆☆ – I read this one for my book club with some of my friends from undergrad and while it was, at times, hilarious, I don’t think I was able to fully appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish.
20. Final Girls by Riley Sager
☆☆☆ – The main character was deeply unlikeable and the twist felt too contrived. Still, Sager’s writing style is so entertaining that I didn’t totally hate it.
21. Ghosting by Tash Skilton [gifted]
☆☆☆☆½ – Ghosting was so much fun and was a near-perfect rom-com for me. I cannot wait for this to come out and for everyone to get to read this delightful story! Stay tuned for my full review of Ghosting.
Ghosting will be out May 26!
22. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
☆☆½ – I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed and let down by a book. Several of my friends, with whom I share similar taste, recommended this rom-com to me and all I’d heard for about a year was that The Friend Zone was amazing. I hated the characters (Josh, in particular, was the worst) and found the story’s ending to be so hurtful and problematic. The writing style is easy, fun, and entertaining though, so I can see why some folks loved this. It just wasn’t for me.
23. 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton [gifted]
☆☆☆☆ – 44 Chapters About 4 Men is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, earnest, and so, so real. I’m so grateful that the author was so candid and chose to write about something so personal and intimate—it’s something we don’t see nearly enough of.
I struggled with choosing my favorite book this month because I read so many new favorites, but in the end, I’m going to go with A Court of Mist and Fury, followed very closely by A Court of Wings and Ruin. Words cannot adequately express my completely obsessive love of this series and of Sarah J. Maas.