Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read In April

I’ve decided to start a new book series on my blog where I share what I’ve read each month. And I hope to do a full yearly wrap up in December. Currently, I’ve read 12 books this year – April being the longest reading list of six books. If you are interested in keeping up with my book updates in real time, be sure you are following my bookstagram.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

I actually started reading this one at the end of March & finished it the first week of April. What made me pick this book up was the author commendatory saying it was similar to Stephen Kings the Shining which I think was a bit of a stretch. I did love the atmosphere of this read & the trope of being snowed in a creepy sanatorium turned hotel. If you enjoy detective stories & “who done it’s”, I recommend this read, It’s the first of three, so I’m curious to know how the story continues in Pearse’s second book, The Retreat.

Let Me Go by Kate Bold

This is your PSA to check out some of the free novels provided on the book app. Although this story was rather predicable at the end, it kept my attention the entire time. It tells the story about a woman who’s past is coming to haunt her when she takes her husband to meet her family & childhood town.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

I love a good self help book. And although the majority of the book was rather repetitive & filled with psychological statistics, what really made me love this book was the introduction. The author shares her personal stories of lost & how she went through grief.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

I’ve had this Ruth Ware novel on my shelves for over a year & I finally decided to read it. In the past, I tried reading it but wasn’t in the mood. I strongly believe it’s ok to read based on your mood. Don’t force yourself to finish a book. You can always come back to it later. This one was about a young girl who was trying to find her place in the world after losing her mother. She is surprisingly sent a mysterious letter informing her of a family inheritance. When she goes to find answers, she discovers so much more.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One of the most hyped novels everywhere & I finally decided to read it. This is hands down my favorite read of 2022 so far. If you haven’t read this one yet & are questioning whether it’s worth the hype, well it is! It tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a 50’s starlet actress who decides to tell her story to a new magazine writer & proposes she writes an entire novel about her life, her seven husbands & other secrets.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

I was going to wait until winter to read this one as it is set during a blizzard & 5 strangers are stranded together at a truck stop. I also wanted to compare the Hulu movie to the novel, which both are very gruesome & dark. I’m more of a fan of psychological thrillers & this was definitely out of my comfort zone.

Have you read any of these?

-B

24 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read In April

  1. Great wrap up! I still need to read The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, and I hadn’t heard of No Exit before but it sounds like exactly my sort of thing – I love a good thriller! Thank you so much for sharing x

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  2. You managed to read a good amount of books in April, you put me to shame as I didn’t read any books in April however, I do have some really good books that I need to get through. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

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  3. Congrats on such a great reading month! I’ve only read No Exit of these but I thought that was great albeit a little bit graphic at times. 😬 I had no idea that The Sanatorium was the start of a series – I’ve been meaning to read it for ages so maybe I’ll hold off until I can binge all 3 books in quick succession… Hope you have another great reading month! 🙂

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    1. thanks. it was def a thrilling read and kept me interested despite the graphic scenes. Yes, she’s planning on having two other books of that sanatorium series. thanks, I hope to get a lot of reading in during my flights this month.

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  4. I loved 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. It was a real game-changer for me. I read it as part of a book club and the conversations we had around the book reminded me how so many of us struggle with similar issues that we don’t publicly discuss.

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    1. it was such a good self improvement read. so many of those types of books are rather dry but this one was perfect. I highlighted so much in it and will reference it often. thanks for reading.

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  5. You had such a great reading month! Honestly, I had the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo on my shelves for so long and really have to get a grip and read it! So glad it was one of your favourites z

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  6. Some interesting titles here that I haven’t read. I have another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid on my bookshelf that I haven’t yet started – ‘Malibu Rising’ – which has also had a lot of hype, but the one you recommend sounds fascinating! : )

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