April Book Haul

April Book Haul

Happy Mothers Day!

What is everyone doing for Mother’s Day? I will be heading to my moms for a visit and to take her to the movies. We are going to see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer. It looks funny and I am sure we will both have a good time.

I know I did one of these recently but I didn’t feature any books from April because it would have just been too long of a post, so here we are. 🙂

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

  • Kristin is one of my favourite authors and I will buy anything she writes. Even thought I haven’t read all her books but the few that I have, have all been great emotional reads.

An American Marriage

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • Solely bought this for the cover and didn’t even read the synopsis but the title does sound interesting.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • I borrowed this from the library and it was past due, so I had to return it before I was done reading it (still not done) and I am enjoying it so I figured I might as well buy it. It is a generational novel following two sisters, one who was sold into slavery and the other who married a slave trader, and it follows each of their family line.

April Book Haul

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

  • The blurb by Celeste Ng is what sold me on this book. “A Tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters”

The Women in the Window by A. J. Finn

  • This book has been all over lately and I love a good thriller, so, had to buy it. Anna has agoraphobia and spends her days in the safety of her home but one night when she looks into her neighbours window she sees something that she shouldn’t have and it spins her life into chaos.

April Book Haul

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

  • So far, I have enjoyed all Chevy Stevens books and I hope that continues with Never Let You Go. This one is about a womenl who leaves her abusive husband and starts a new life.

Still Life by Louise Penny

  • Katie from Life Between Words recommends this series and I trust her opinion. I also like supporting Canadian authors and it was only $8.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • I have seen this book on few vlogger’s channels and they all say great things about this book. It is a dystopian, about a travelling symphony and their travels lead them to a violent prophet.

April Book Haul

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

  • Set in 1926, Australia a light keeper and his wife find a baby and a dead man in boat that has been washed on to the shore. The wife wants to keep the baby thinking it is a miracle from god, since they have had trouble conceiving but Tom doesn’t think it is a good idea and that the mother is missing the child.

The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon

  • I seen this on BookOutlet and it is blurbed by George R. R. Martin saying “this is the orginal Game of Thrones” but I didn’t realize that it was the third in the series. Hate when that happens

April Book Haul

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

  • Set in 1590, recently widowed Katharine moves into her uncles manor in Lancashire. While there she meets the schoolmaster, William Shakespeare, and is captivated by Shakespeare’s verse. I haven’t read a fictional account of Shakespeare so that is what intrigued me to pick this up.

The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

  • This movie adaptation looks great and I want to watch it but being a book snob I feel like I need to read it before I watch the movie. The Beguiled is about a wounded union solider who is brought to the Seminary for Young Ladies. The solider begins pitting the girls against each other to gain his freedom.

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Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

  • Roaslind Perry has moved to Chicago, to work as a housemain for the privliaged Sloane family in hopes that she will find out what happened to her sister Miranda. I have started reading this and it is more of a romance than it is a mystery.

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • I’ve read The Shadow and the Wind and loved it and this one has the same dark mysteriousness to it but for young adults. The Carver family moves into a new house and after they have moved in strange things begin to happen.

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

  • I  picked this up for the cover, it is soo beautiful. I don’t even know what it is about, I tend to that a lot.

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

  • Second book in the Impluse series. I haven’t read Impulse yet but I will eventually.

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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

  • Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story – a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A dark story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

  • I have already read this but borrowed it from the library and loved it, so needed my own copy and plus I am on a mission to own all her books.

There you have it all the eighteen books I have added to my shelves recently.

Have you read any of these?

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Reading Wrap Up:

Reading Wrap Up:

I do realize that it is the end of the year and I am just now posting a wrap up for August and September. I was debating about whether I should even bother and not sure if anyone really cares or not but I figure might as well since I already took the photos.

August Wrap Up                   

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

August September Wrap up

  • 5 Stars
  • I love reading celebrity gossip and this book filled that love
  • It was nice to see what goes on behind the scenes like contract relationships and how cut-throat the business is
  • Great writing and interesting characters

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

August September Wrap up

  • 2 Stars
  • I think maybe if I was younger I would have enjoyed it more
  • I thought Belly was very immature and I found her annoying
  • Overall, it was meh

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

  • 5 Stars
  • Listened to the audiobook
  • Mary Kubica is an expert at slowly unraveling a story to reveal a shocking twist that I never see coming

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

  • 1 star
  • Predictable
  • Was bored and ended up skimming the last part of the book just to be done with it

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

August September Wrap up

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

  • 3 stars
  • Couldn’t help but being disappointed by this
  • Parts of the book were boring
  • Enjoyed the perspective of Stoyan Lazarov and wished there was more of them
  • Overall, I was hoping for something similar to The Historian by Kostova and this was not it.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

August September Wrap up

  • 3.5 Stars
  • Expecting to love this book and am a little disappointed that I didn’t
  • Liked the dual timeline
  • The different POV’s were done well
  • Preferred Eve’s time line best from her time as a spy in WWI

September Wrap Up                       

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

  • 2.5 Stars
  • Another case of I think I am just to old to enjoy this book
  • Didn’t connect with main character
  • Felt like the conflict with her ex-boyfriend and ex-bestfriend were resolved to easily
  • I  did cry in the end, even though I didn’t connect with the characters , it is just so sad and I am a cry-baby

August September Wrap up

That Night by Chevy Stevens

  • 5 Stars
  • Listened to audiobook
  • Couldn’t stop listening, had to find out what happened that night
  • Makes you think about the justice system
  • A great suspense thriller

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

  • 4 Stars
  • Loved this premise of the two realities, where in one world main character is Katharyn and has a loving husband and is a stay at home mom with three kids and the other she is Kitty a bookstore owner with bestfriend, is single and has a cat
  • Listened to audiobook
  • Loved trying to figure out which reality is real and how it gets revealed in the end.


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • 5 Stars
  • Loved the beautiful writing
  • Enjoyed reading about a historical figure I never heard about
  • Powerful and moving story

China Dolls by Lisa See

  • 4.5 Stars
  • Huge fan of Lisa See novels and really enjoyed this one
  • Love the dynamics between the three girls and their complicated friendship
  • Was surprised by the betrayal

August September Wrap up

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

  • 4 Stars
  • Atmospheric and mysterious
  • Didn’t really care for Addison timeline and what happened in her past
  • Couldn’t get enough of Flora’s perspective
  • Felt like there was no consequences to what Addison did in her past

Hope you enjoyed this late August and September reading wrap up. I will be doing a reading wrap for October and November, so look for that post coming soon. My New Years resolution is to be better at this blogging thing. I think I might just do a weekly wrap rather than a monthly wrap up.

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Festive Christmas Book Tag

Its been a few months since I have posted a blog but I do want to start getting back into it. And even though I have never been consistent with my blog this last half of the year I have been slaking hard. When I seen this post on Kristin Kraves Books I thought this would be a good post to do to start blogging again. So, thanks Kristin for encouraging me to do this post. 🙂

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