April Wrap-Up

Hey y’all! April has been quite the month for me. I have probably mentioned this enough times that you are all tired of hearing about it, but I started a new job this month, and it has taken up most of my time. However, I now get home from work at a reasonable time of day when (at least in this season) the sun is still up, so I should have time a few nights a week to work on this blog. I’m still in the process of creating a new ‘normal’ schedule, though!

But that isn’t what you really want to hear about. You’re most likely reading this because you want to know what I read this month, and my thoughts on these books, so let’s get to that now!

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Total Books Read: 9                              Average Rating: 3.7

This is the same number of books that I read last month, surprisingly! I listed seven books in my April TBR, and I stuck with it for the most part. Here’s what I read:

📚 Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2/4) by C.S. Lewis

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy,

My thoughts in a nutshell {mini review}: I enjoyed seeing some of my favorite characters from childhood again while reading this story. The writing is very basic and accessible, which makes it great as a children’s book but sometimes a bit dull at this point in my life. But, I do not generally like fantasy anyways, so that plays into it as well. I am glad to have finished another book in this series and only have 2 more to go to finish it!

📚 The Persistence of Vision by Lisa GeryPersistence of Vision by Lisa Gery cover

My Rating: ⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction (1900s), Women’s Fiction

My thoughts in a nutshell: This book features unique storytelling mechanisms, a creative plot, and interesting historical aspects. However, the presentation of death and disregard for ethics prevented me from truly enjoying the story.

Click here to read my full review.

📚 Borrowing Time by Kat Bellemore

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Contemporary, Clean Romance, short story

My thoughts in a nutshell: This is a fun short story about a dog trainer and a pilot who fall in love. I look forward to reading something full-length by this author in the future.

📚20190407_204119 Listen, Slowly by Thanha Lai

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary

My thoughts in a nutshell: Written well for the age it is aimed at, many of the characters were initially annoyingly childish and selfish. The Vietnamese landscape and cultural tidbits made it worth the time it takes to get to know Mai and stick with her through many (juvenile) scrapes.

Click here to read my full review.

📚 Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O’Malley

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

My thoughts in a nutshell: This is a fun comic book-styled picture book. I would say it’s good for about age 5 or 6 and up, depending on the child. There are a lot of puns that would still go over their heads, but this just makes it more enjoyable for a parent reading to their child. The story has a good moral and many interesting twists, plus a high level of suspense for a picture book. It is generally an okay book with a cool premise: astronaut dinosaurs.

📚 The Knitted Alphabet: How to Knit Letters from A to Z by Kate Haxell

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Nonfiction, Crafting

My thoughts in a nutshell: Yes, this is a knitting project book and I am listing it as “read”. I may not have read it front to back, but I studied each of the patterns and read through many of the paragraphs explaining specific things about each letter set. This is a useful book for adding monograms or other personalization into a project. Unfortunately, the patterns are not easily adaptable if your project is smaller than the original example.

📚 Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy coverLive Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Contemporary, Novella, Romance

My thoughts in a nutshell: I love the balance of realism and cuteness in this book! It is a wonderful story and I look forward to writing a full review soon! It is quick and easy to read but oh so meaningful.

📚 It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Nonfiction, Christian theology

My thoughts in a nutshell: It’s a good book talking about important topics, but not entirely relevant to someone who has heard solid theology their whole life. This could be a good resource for someone who either knows no theology or who has only seen the hurtful side of the church rather than true Christianity.

📚 Season of Love (Cutter’s Creek #7.3) by Vivi Holt

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

My thoughts in a nutshell: Why am I reading book #7.3 in a series that I had never even heard of before? Because it is a novella that I received for free, it is Christmas themed, and I did not get around to reading a full-length Christmas book this month like I had intended. This is a cute story about a woman adopting a family of orphans and falling in love, right around Christmas. It is sweet, clean, fun, and fluffy, while still throwing in enough reality to keep it from being nauseatingly sweet.

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April was another really good reading month for me! I did not get as many reviews posted as I would have liked, but oh well. The posts will come when I have the time, and they will be well-written without causing a lack of sleep or undue stress.

How was your reading in April? Comment the title of the best book you read this month, if you want!

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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