April 2016 Reading Roundup

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

According to Goodreads I'm about 3 books behind on my goal of reading 100 books this year. When I saw that, I automatically assumed that I must not have read much in April, but I think 7 books isn't half bad! For the past couple of years I didn't super care about the quantity of the books read and that lack of stress was pretty nice. I determined though to have at least one year where I read 100 books. I don't even know why that number is so important to me. Maybe I think that it'll get me closer to reading all of the books, who knows?

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - Worthy of My Shelves

This was a re-read for me. I read this book no less than 3 times during high school and remembered really loving it. I hadn't finished reading the series, so I figured I would start over and read it all the way through. I didn't love it quite as much as I once did, but this book is really well-written and is a gem amongst some mediocre YA titles. It's a book that is difficult to put down and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever thought YA title couldn't be well-written.

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center - Worthy of My Shelves

This is the best book I have read in 2016! When I read the premise I didn't think it would be a book a book I would enjoy. The main character has reached a stagnant point in her life. She isn't happy and wants to jolt her system so she is going on a dangerous, wilderness retreat. I could relate so much with her and I just cannot say enough good things about this book. If you add any of these books to your TBR, make it this one.
Make it Happen by Lara Casey

Make it Happen by Lara Casey - Borrow It

This was my #instauplift pick for April. I enjoyed this book and thought that it offered some pretty solid insights. It does have a very Christian focus which I know not everyone is fond of, but I do think there is something for everyone in there. I doubt I will read it again, but would recommend reading it if you find yourself in need of a push and some extra motivation. 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Borrow It

This is my first time reading a Sepetys novel. It definitely reads like a YA novel (simple writing), but does a good job of making an emotional connection that I sometimes find lacking in YA. I really loved that the author exposes the reader to an event that many aren't likely to know about. This is the last WWII novel I am reading in 2016 because I am so stinking emotionally drained. I wouldn't re-read it, but would definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy historical fiction. 
Spelling it Like it Is by Tori Spelling

Spelling it Like it Is by Tori Spelling - Skip It

I will admit that I have read all 4 of Tori's books. I actually really enjoyed the first 3 and found myself really liking Tori. I should have stopped after the third. The Tori I found in this book is a passive aggressive victim who can't live within her means and I wanted to reach through the pages and just talk some sense into her.





Where We Belong by Hoda Kotb

 Where We Belong by Hoda Kotb - Skip It

So here's the deal. I listened to this in one sitting at the very end of April and I can't remember any of it. I really like Hoda Kotb, but this didn't make a huge impact on me or really provide any insight as to where I belong. It passed the time, but I want more than just that from the books I read. 
The Love the Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love the Split the World by Emily Henry - Borrow It

This was the April pick for the Literary Ladies Book Club. I really didn't know anything about this book prior to reading it. I loved that the author wove in so many culture's stories and I like the basic concept of the book. I did not like the ending. It doesn't work out the way I had hoped was possible. It's definitely worth a read if you have some time. I would say that people who enjoy parallel universes, time travel and folklore would really like this book.


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Hopefully you found a book or two to add to your TBR!
What was your favorite book in April?

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