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April Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

TomeTopple occurred this month, but that’s a different wrap up …

I managed 7 books this month. Two of those where during TomeTopple which I wraped up here, and two others were started during the readathon. The rest was outside the readathon. In addition, I DNF’d a book I started during TomeTopple and I’m halfway through another two books. It’s been a decent month, but busy.

But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this year let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    • The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho
    • Waiting On a Bright Moon by J. Y. Yang
    • Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom
    • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lord

Available credit from last month; 2

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. Tali Nohkati by Koza Belleli
    2. The Ruthless by Peter Newman

Available credits from last month; 0

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.

Emily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A sci-fi novel told through an artificial consciousness, Emily.

The sun is burning up and will soon end the planet as we know it. Enter Emily, the first artificial consciousness at work. She usually helps people deal with trauma by providing them with an artificial space to talk and provides psychological assistance. She is programmed with empathy which makes her stand out from her previous version. When the government figures this out they ask her to help save the planet. But that doesn’t go exactly to plan.

My Opinion:

I read this in two days. It was so good and I got totally engrossed in the storyline! I did a full review here.

Breaking the Lore by Andy Redsmith

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A magical detective novel set in Manchester with dead fairies and a troll on the run from demons. Detective Paris smokes, drinks and is very good at his job. But when he case involves a crucified fairy, his reality turns up side down.

My Opinion:

I did a full review here but in short it was entertaining but just ok.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Audiobook- owned

The Story:

Book two in the Grishaverse trilogy. The book continues straight after book 1 and follows Alina on her journey.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this second instalment, but for some reason I’m in no rush to pick up the last book 🤔 I still like Alina as a main character. Im still not 100% sold on the Darkling, and for some reason I like Mal. We’ll see what happens in the last book, and if it changes my perspective on them.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

Cassidy Blake has world famous ghost hunting parents, but the only person in the family who can really see ghosts is her. When her parents get a chance in a lifetime to make a TV show about hunted places around the world Cassidy can do nothing but tag along. But yes she will take her bestfriend and ghost Jacob, and her cat. Edinburgh awaits! Scottish ghosts aplenty!

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this shortish book as a warm-up for TomeTopple. It was fun and interesting and very entertaining. I will look out for the second book in the series. I follow Victoria Schwab on instagram and twitter and her updates for the next book has been all over it. I wonder where Cassidys parents will drag her to next.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue

Ebook – Owned

The Story:

Historical queer fiction centred around a Grand Tour of the Continent. Monty is finally ready to travel around Europe with his best friend Percy and his sister Felicity. Only problem is, Monty doesn’t get along with his sister, he has a crush on his best friend, his father will send along a babysitter and he is told to not come back unless he can put a good word to the family name (which he has not done so far in his life, its been rather the oposite). First stop is Paris. After museeums, science lectures, and art galleries, an invitation to Versailles finally arrives. Monty can’t keep his hands to himself and send the rest of trip into disarray.

My Opinion:

I started this during TomeTopple and managed 84% during the readathon. I finished it the day after the end of TomeTopple.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s was cute and funny and entertaining. I laughed out loud several places, but other places I eyerolled bigger than Felicity and got frustrated at Montys blindness a dn ignorance and his pride, but he pulled through.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Audiobook – Library


The Story:

Historical fiction set in New Zealand around a mining town and its people. A mystery set around gold weaved into a whore’s dress, a murder, a missing person, a criminal, a politician, a Maori man, a preist or two, a prison, a newspaper man, a couple of chinese labourers and plenty of money.

My Opinion:

I didn’t know what this would be about but I was interested in it and needed another audiobook for TomeTopple. I managed half of it during the readathon but by the end I had to DNF it. I just didn’t care about the people, the plot nor the mystery. I just didn’t care.

Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read of March?

Until next time; happy reading!

4 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

    1. Totally a luxury problem 💁‍♀️ and it’s so nice to have a restriction or some fencing to keep you in. I always feel bad when I don’t finish the book in time for its release or within 3 months of the request. It works like a treat for me 😁


  1. I also really enjoyed City of Ghosts! The next book will take place in Paris I believe. The Grisha Trilogy is a so-so series for me. I read all three very quickly and remember there was a lot of build up in the last book but I don’t think too much happened? I think I gave it three stars on Goodreads. If you do decide to finish it, the good news is it won’t take too long.

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