–Gone girl by Gillian Flynn: This is such a different read for me, and reminded me very much of ‘The Girl on the Train’. Which is why I picked it up in the first place along with my attempt to read more popular reads. I have found a new interest in psychological thrillers. I much preferred Gone girl. I really enjoy books with multiple narrative, and this was one! It was scary, yet kept me intrigued to what happened. I felt so many different emotions whilst reading, and would definitely recommend! 4/5.
–S.T.A.G by M. A. Bennett: I found this book at a book swap, and if I see a YA I am sure to pick it up. I didn’t know anything about this book before reading, the cover reminded me of ‘One of us is lying’. I enjoyed this book more reading it at the time that I did, as I have recently found a liking for thrillers/crimes. It was a good read for the YA dark novel that it was. 3.5/5
–Tattooist of Auschwitz: Again, I picked this due to my aim to read more popular books. I kept avoiding this read as I knew it would be a heavy one. I was right, it was incredible emotional, and left me feeling subdued. It was an incredibly heart breaking yet beautiful read. The writing matched the story. I think this book should be on the list of books everyone should read before they die. 5/5.
–Educated by Tara Westover: I read this as part of an unofficial book club. This was my favourite read of April! I’m going to do a book review on a separate post. 5/5.
–Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: I read this when I was in my teens. I couldn’t remember the story and I somehow came to have another copy, so I decided to reread. As I love a YA, I loved this book. Both main characters are so different yet both so likeable. It’s mostly written in dialogue which is different. It had a uniqueness to it whilst still being an easy read YA. 4/5.
–Thirteen by Sebastian Beaumont: I liked the concept behind this book, the whole 13 being a state of mind, but I wasn’t a fan of the actual book itself. Firstly, there was no conclusion to the story, the book just stopped. I feel there was potential, but it didn’t come to anything. I’m afraid to say it was boring, when it wanted to be enticing. 1/5.
–Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book was very cliche, but I quite enjoyed it despite this. I feel it targeted at a younger age group, teens/college students. I found the main character relatable. I haven’t been a fan of this authors other work, and would say this is my favorite. A typical YA, but a light and easy read which is sometimes just what you need. 3.5/5.
–Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picolt: This is a popular author with lots of books, but I’ve never been intrigued by. I got this book for free, and as I currently have no access to the library, I am reading everything I have. I was pleasantly surprised by this read. It was of my favorite kind, where the chapters are written by different characters. There was a love triangle that I didn’t hate. I also liked the different environment in which the characters were in. I thought the story line was unique. 4/5.
–Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz: I only picked this book up as I had nothing left to read. I have never picked a mystery/crime/murder book up in my life. Therefore, I was hugely shocked when I loved this book. I always assumed this genre of book would be gruesome and dark. I was wrong. It didn’t grasp to me that they would be normal life inside them, that they would be like any other story. This book had so many layers to it. I was utterly shocked when after 200/300 pages the story completely changes. (no spoilers). A really great read. 5/5.
– Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman: I had picked this book up before, and after a few chapters put it down again, as it felt like a book I had already read. I picked it up again, as I hated seeing it unfinished on my shelf. Again, I was too quick to judge. I really enjoyed this book in the end, the characters are all developed well. I enjoyed how although Eleanor changed significantly towards the end, she still inhibited lots of her previous traits, which I feel doesn’t usually happen in fiction. I would recommend this if you’ve seen this everywhere but have never picked up. 4/5.
I read 10 books in April, which I’m happy with as some were heavy reads. Lockdown has blessed me with more reading time! I think the most important thing I learned this month is that I am too quick to judge a book by it’s title or genre. I am clearing all the books on my shelf that I hadn’t been motivated to read which is great! (Mostly because I can’t go to the library and don’t want to order any online, and the kindle is the last resort for me). What was your favorite read of April? Stay safe, and happy reading!