April Wrap Up and May TBR

Happy May y’all! April went by so fast! It’s most likely because I got a new job and I’m trying to get used to a new company and new products and a new team and reading and blogging and working out and cooking and all of normal life on top of that is more stressful than I expected! Thankfully, I think I’m getting the hang of it, plus I really love my new job, so that’s always a plus! Also! One of my best friends from high school who I’ve been friends with since I was like 14 or 15, so 13 or 14 years now, got engaged in April and she asked me and my other best friend from high school to be her co-maids of honor and I’ve never done that before, but I’m the most excited! We’re working on bridesmaids dresses, centerpieces, dress shopping, and bachelorette party planning right now, so lots going on!

April was also an amazing month for me book wise! I read the most books! I read 21 books in April, which is the most I’ve read in a month yet! A lot of them were either ARCs or for blog tours, so I’ll have links for those for y’all. I really liked pretty much all of the books I read in April, so that was also a huge plus!

Here’s what I read in April:

  1. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman: I read an ARC of this one and man, this was such an amazing book to start the month off with! I loved it so much! Check out my review here.
  2. Haven by Mary Lindsey: Entangled Teen gave me the opportunity to review Havoc by Mary Lindsey, but since that was book 2, they also gave me an ebook version of book 1, Haven via Netgalley. It was an interesting book for sure- definitely a very different take on witches and werewolves etc.
  3. Havoc by Mary Lindsey: This is the one I was able to review because Entangled Teen reached out to me about it (I don’t know how I was able to sign up to be on their list, but I’m so glad I did because I get so many great reviewing opportunities because of it!)- I definitely liked Havoc more than Haven because we got more time with my favorite characters (especially Petra), so that was super fun. Read more of my thoughts here.
  4. To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters: I won an ebook copy of To Have and to Hoax in a Goodreads giveaway and either really soon after that or right before that, the marketing manager for Atria books had sent me an eARC of To Love and to Loathe, so winning this one was perfect timing- I’m normally not a huge fan of historical anything (I couldn’t even get through Downton Abbey or the Crown and I hate Jane Austen) but I loved To Have and to Hoax. Martha Waters created some great characters that were really funny and I loved the story in To Have and to Hoax.
  5. Winner Takes All by Sandra Kitt: I got an eARC of this one from Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca and overall this book was pretty fun and cute, but some things were glossed over and done really quickly, so I did feel as though I had whiplash in certain places while reading. Check out my review here.
  6. To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters: I really enjoyed this one too! Once again, the characters were really funny and the situations that they got themselves into were great and overall, it just made reading it super enjoyable! Read my review of it here.
  7. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey: I borrowed this one from the library and I read Waiting for Tom Hanks last year and was super excited about reading this one whenever my hold finally made it to me, so I was the most excited for it. I really like Chloe and Nick- I think they’re adorable- and I love the cafe and there’s just so much real-ness to this book that I loved.
  8. The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund: I was on a blog tour for The Sky Above Us and while it was a good book, it was hard for me because I went into it expecting something different, because in the description, we’re told this book is going to be a thriller. It isn’t, and that was disappointing. If I hadn’t gone in with that mindset, I would have liked it way more because it’s a well written book and there’s so much grief that’s being unpacked within it and it’s super interesting- read my thoughts here.
  9. The Roommate by Rosie Danan: I had been seeing The Roommate everywhere on Bookstagram and Book Twitter for a while now, so I put a hold on it at my library, and as soon as the ebook was available, it was auto checked out to me and man, y’all! I loved it so much more than I expected! It was so good! I loved Josh and Clara- their banter was great, him getting her out of her comfort zone was great, her reminding him that he’s more than what everyone thinks he is was great- so much greatness! I also really loved Rosie Danan’s writing style and I loved Naomi Grant, so as soon as I finished, I put a hold on The Intimacy Experiment so I could read it ASAP!
  10. Like a Boss by Anne Harper: This was a super cute, fun, easy rom com that I definitely enjoyed. Read my thoughts about it here.
  11. Southern Sun, Northern Star by Joanna Hathaway: This is the third and last book in the Glass Alliance trilogy and OMG y’all, this was by far my favorite of the three books! I loved how much faster the plot was in this book as compared to the other two and I loved all of the political intrigue and betrayal and honestly everything. Read my review here.
  12. These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy: This was such an interesting book and I really liked the folklore aspect of it. Read my thoughts here.
  13. World’s Worst Boyfriend by Carina Taylor: World’s Worst Boyfriend was cute and fun with the perfect mix of fun characters and exciting action. Read my full thoughts here.
  14. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout: OMG I freaking love these books so much! A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was just as amazing as book 1 was- I love Poppy and Hawke/Casteel and so much happened in this book! I cannot wait to read book 3!
  15. When the Smoke Clears by C Chilove: This book was another eARC from Entangled and unfortunately this one, while fine, was not my favorite. Check out my thoughts here.
  16. The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan: Oh I was so, so excited to read this one and it definitely didn’t disappoint! I loved Naomi so much in The Roommate, so I couldn’t wait to read a book from her point of view! I really liked Ethan and Naomi together and the way they played off of each other and made each other stronger characters. And I loved learning more about being Jewish, especially since Ethan was a Rabbi. Overall, I highly recommend reading both The Roommate and The Intimacy Experiment!
  17. Dustborn by Erin Bowman: I am 100% an Erin Bowman stan, so I was the most excited to have been selected to be a part of the blog tour for Dustborn. It was such a cool western inspired post-apocalyptic book with amazing plotlines and great characters- I highly recommend it (and all of Erin Bowman’s books)- check out my stop on the blog tour here.
  18. Gilded Serpent by Danielle L Jensen: Your girl loves the Dark Shores series, so reading an eARC of Gilded Serpent was definitely a highlight of my month! I loved both Dark Shores and Dark Skies, so continuing Teriana, Marcus, Lydia, and Killian’s stories so seamlessly in Gilded Serpent was amazing and now I’m dying for book 4! Read my review here (and 100% go read Dark Shores and Dark Skies if you haven’t already).
  19. Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras: Anchored Hearts was such a cute second chances rom com that also focused on the importance of family and community, especially in a diaspora and I loved it so much! Check out my thoughts here.
  20. Like Cats and Dogs by Kate McMurray: This one was… interesting. Like I loved the cover and I thought the premise had promise and I loved all of our supporting characters, but I really had a hard time with both of our main characters, so it wasn’t my favorite read. Read my thoughts here.
  21. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He: This book was incredible. I loved it so much and Joan He did such a great job writing it in a way that was both intriguing and like the good kind of confusing that makes you want to keep going to unscramble your brain. I should hopefully have my review out really soon, so keep your eye out for that, but in the meantime, make sure your pre-order or go grab this one since it comes out on May 4th!

Now for the books I want to read in May! I’ve already actually read 2 of these so far this month (I mean, we are already 3 days in!) but shhhhhh they still count!

  1. Bone Crier’s Moon
  2. Maybe We Will
  3. The Secret Bridesmaid
  4. Firebreak
  5. Unwritten
  6. Ember of Night
  7. Wet and Reckless
  8. A Surrealist Affair
  9. The Soulmate Equation
  10. Talk Bookish to Me
  11. The Ivies
  12. Match Made in Paradise
  13. The Nature of Witches
  14. The Immortal Game
  15. Curse of the Specter Queen
  16. The Ex Talk
  17. Wings of Ebony
  18. Malice
  19. If I Never Met You
  20. Defy the Fates
  21. Flamefall
  22. Mirror’s Edge
  23. The Crown of Gilded Bones
  24. The Royal We
  25. Shadow and Bone
  26. Six of Crows

Oof writing them out shows me just how… overly ambitions I’m being this month. We’ll see how many of the 26 I actually get done! Be on the lookout for reviews whenever I can get them out (especially for a special one for the Netflix tie in covers for Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows! But that’s all I’m saying about that right now- my post for that’ll be on the 14th, so make sure you check back around then to see what I’m doing with those!)

What are y’all reading in May? How was your April, both reading wise and for life in general?

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