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April in book reviews

This month I finished 8 books and DNFed (did not finish) 2 books. Of the ones I finished, I read 4 fantasy books, 2 contemporaries, 1 classic and 1 graphic novel.
I have to say I feel like I had a great reading month. I have a 4.22 average rating. I have a new favorite and an old favorite, four books I really enjoyed, a meh read and a disappointing read, but the good this month over-weighed the bad.
So by order of worst to best, here are the books I read this month:

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. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. 2.5 stars.

VERY UNPOPULAR OPINION! This is a super popular book that has recently been made into a movie (Love, Simon) about a boy coming out of the closet. Usually I am all about the gay rep but man I really didn’t like this book. I didn’t like the writing mostly because it followed Simon and I just couldn’t stand him. I originally DNFed this book half way a few months back and returned it (I listened to the audiobook) but decided to finish it this month because I was curious enough about the ending. The main character was very annoying to me, he just kept repeating “I don’t know” or “I don’t even know” like uuuuhhhh shut uuuuup. I just think this book wasn’t for me, I hate pretty much all the characters so I won’t be picking up Leah on the Offbeat (just came out – based on Simon’s best friend) which is about her coming out a bisexual… I mean… Wasn’t that the plot of this book? Anyway, not for me, good for you if you enjoyed it though.

 

. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. 3.5 stars.

This classic has also recently been made into a movie, but I’m not really interested in watching it. I loved the writing of this book, I think children’s Classics is probably my favorite genre, but I didn’t find it that interesting. I loved Charles Wallace as a character A LOT but the plot was kind of meh and the ending felt kind of rushed, not very well finished off in my opinion. Not a book I’ll read again but fairly enjoyable.

 

. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. 4 stars.

Yay I finished the series! Can’t say much about this seeing as it is the third book (see previous reviews to know what it’s about) but I enjoyed this series, I think it’s a solid 4 star series, not a favorite but enjoyable (even though I hate Mal). The Darkling and Nikolai were great characters and I liked the world this was set in. I am sort of meh about the ending, not my fave, could have been better but overall really enjoyable.

 

. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. 4.25 stars.

I’m really into reading about cultures different than my own at the moment so this was just the read I was looking for this month. This is about Dimple and Rishi (obviously), their parents arrange their marriage and they then meet at a summer camp for web development. This was a super cute read, I loved Rishi especially and this was nearly a new favorite. I hesitated between a 4.5 and 4.25 because I really loved this, there was a minor case of girl hate that got to me but nothing too dramatic. The reason I rated this a bit lower is I wasn’t crazy about the ending, I loved all the book but the ending was a bit meh, again, it could have been one better. But overall I really loved this book and I’m excited to read more by this author.

 

.Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe. 4.75 stars.

I loved this graphic novel. This is set in a World of Warcraft-esque world based around a girl gang. I loved seeing women represented in different shapes, sizes and colours, who were open about their femininity, sexuality and who looked out for eachother. The plot was great, the characters were great, just not quite a favorite, but really really enjoyable, can’t wait to read the next one.

 

.The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. 4.75 stars.

Finally got around to reading this (my brother has been badgering me to read it for months!). My brother told me this was about a guy who goes to magic school. I was 200 pages into this book (it’s a long book) and he just got to the school. Talk about character building. As I have said before, I love a character driven book and this takes the prize for that. This is a 5 star for writing, characters etc. And really, it is a new favorite (I literally CAN NOT WAIT to read the next book). The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is I wasn’t crazy about how women were portrayed in this book. I felt like they were only there for love interests, for “looking attractive” and that kind of got to me because all the male characters were so well fleshed out. But still a book I adored, this read almost like a series, it was slow moving, without loads of plot twists but still kept you riveted for anything that was happening.

 

. Ingo by Helen Dunmore. 5 stars.

Ahh Ingo. It has stolen my heart once more. This is an old favorite and when I realised that I had read this series when I was 13, so 9 years ago, I decided it was time for a re-read. And I am happy to say I love this just as much as 9 years ago. This is about Sapphire, a young girl living in Cornwall with her mum and brother after her dad disappears, who discovers the underwater world of Ingo. The description in this, the world building is beautiful. The writing is so exquisite I straight away wanted to continue in the series. Also reading it as an adult I realised how dark this is compared to what I thought 9 years ago and I have a new found love of the brother, Connor’s, character.

 

. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 5 stars.

THIS. BOOK. I litteraly didn’t want it to end. Why don’t I have the second book. Seriously. This is about Karou who lives her life in our world but was brought up in a household of “monsters”. I loved Karou, I loved her relationship with her best friend (I love girl friendships in books), I loved the humour, the world, the characters, everything. I can’t even try to make sense when I talk about this book. Just read it.

 
Here are some extra reviews for the books that I DNFed :
obviously I can only give my opinion on what I did read, not the entire book

 
. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I got through about 170 pages out of 250 pages of this book but decided to not keep trying to push through. I saw the film adaptation of this book and I loved it, it is one of my favorite films. It is a non fiction about the black women who worked for NASA in the space race of the 60s. The film was based around three women and the sexism and racism they had to go through while working at NASA. The book… It had good moments, a passage from time to time where I would learn something interesting, but over the whole book, it wasn’t that much. It had A LOT of chapters about aeroplanes and I wasn’t really interested in that. I was often bored an skimmed to parts about their lives. But I finally decided I had gotten what I wanted out of this book and not keep going.

 
. They both die at the end by Adam Silvera. Very popular book. Yeah just not for me. It’s about two guys in a world where you know the day you are going to die and them spending their last day together. I got a little over 100 pages out of about 350 pages. I just found this super boring… I wasn’t interested I never picked it up and I was bored of Mateo complaining about the fact that he was going to die like every two lines. However this has a 4.16 star rating on Goodreads so although it wasn’t for me, there is a good chance you will enjoy it.
So that is it. 8 books. 2773 pages. A very good reading month.

 

My ratings :
Just as a reference, ratings can be different for everyone. Mine are based on enjoyment. 

1 star – I hated this book.
1.5 stars – I really didn’t like this book.
2 stars – I didn’t enjoy this book.
2.5 stars – I didn’t enjoy most of this book.
3 stars – Meh, I didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.
3.5 stars – I enjoyed parts of this book.
4 stars – I enjoyed this book.
4.5 stars – I really loved this book.
5 stars – New favorite book.

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