What I Read (and Wrote) This Month: April 2020

While March felt like the world was ending, April had some pretty good moments. It was still a weird month, everything is still shut down and my anxiety was still high, but I am feeling even more hopeful for the future than I was a month ago.


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The biggest thing that happened in April….

I finished writing my book! (FINALLY)(but like, what did you expect to happen with a global pandemic? Life doesn’t go as planned, but word by word, I finished it!)

I finished the first draft of my book back in September. Then In January (or maybe February), I changed a really big part of the plot and timeline and I have been re-writing almost the entire book since then.

I personally love the writing process, even first drafts, and it was so much fun to see things really start clicking into place and writing this story that I love so much.

My book will be sitting on my shelf (actually in my drawer since I have a printed copy) until Saturday when I’ll be doing my full read through!!!


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I also read some really great books in April!

I read more physical books this month (as opposed to audiobooks + ebooks which I read a lot of in January, February, and March) and it was so much fun. There’s something I truly love about holding a book in my hands, especially right now I need things to be tangible since there are so many crazy things happening!

Regardless of the format though, I still read some really, really great books in April.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Goodreads to see my book reviews throughout the month!

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Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon (OUT JULY 2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was the second physical ARC that a publisher has sent me (thanks Simon & Schuster!). My full review is coming in May but I will say this: I loved the premise. I loved Neil and Rowan. They’ve been enemies all through high school, until the last day of school when they realize they need each other’s help.

I really loved the story, like so so much. I flew through it. But, I did not love the last 5%. I’ll go into more detail in my full review next month. Pre-order | Add on Goodreads

Ever The Brave by Erin Summerill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One Sunday I decided it was finally time to finish Ever the Brave and I’m so glad I finished it! This is book two (read my review for Ever the Hunted here) and I loved the continuation of this series. The characters are fun, the plot is fast-paced and I highly recommend it if you’re new to fantasy! Buy Ever the Brave | Add on Goodreads.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I picked up Attachments for the Everyday Reading book club and I’m so glad I did! Attachments takes place in 1999 and Lincoln’s job is to read through emails of everyone in the company he works for. He starts reading conversations between Beth and Jennifer and he starts to fall for Beth. This book was so much fun, and hilarious. The perfect pick me up right now! Buy Attachments | Add on Goodreads

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a ride Imagine Me was. I LOVE the Shatter Me series, but this one was wild and a bit weird. I shared all of my thoughts here. 100% recommend the series, but just know books 4-5 are a little quirky. Read my full review here | Buy Imagine Me | Add on Goodreads

Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have you ever watched Burn Notice? Hour of the Assassin was like reading about an episode of BN and it was actually really awesome. I had such a fun time reading this book (and kept calling Nick ‘Michael’). When Nick is framed for the murder of the old CIA director, he has to figure who is framing him, and why. Buy Hour of the Assassin OR grab it for $9.99 as an add on in your BOTM | Add on Goodreads

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have read so many great YA contemporaries this year, and You’d Be Mine did not disappoint! It gave me Daisy Jones vibes (but YA) and also reminded me of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Good girl Annie and heartbreaker Clay are about to head on tour together, what could possibly go wrong (or right?). This book seems light on the surface, but it does get into some heavier stuff. There’s also a lot of swearing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Read my full review | Add on Goodreads

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I re-read Again, but Better for my online book club, Tay’s Book Club, this month. I loved it, even more, the second time. Shane is trying to do college again, but better in London on a study abroad. There’s romance, and self-discovery, and a sprinkle of magic. Read my full review | Add on Goodreads

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I finally read an Agatha Christie book. I really enjoyed And Then There Were None. 10 people on an island and then one by one, they start dying. One of them is the murderer, but who!? I was guessing the entire book and I was completely wrong and my jaw dropped as I read the last few pages. What a fun book. Buy And Then There Were None | Add on Goodreads

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I read Things You Save in a Fire a few months ago and fell in love with Katherine Center’s writing. I started the audiobook of Happiness for Beginners on Sunday and by Monday evening, I was finished. This book surprised me in the best way. We follow 31-year-old Helen who’s headed out on a wilderness adventure. After having a miscarriage then getting a divorce a year ago, she’s looking for something new and real. WOW, this book is incredible. Full review coming soon but by far my favorite book of the month. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!! Listen to the audio on Libro.fm (first month free!) | Buy a copy | Add on Goodreads

Writers and Lovers by Lily King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whew. This one was good but slow. When it first started I had similar vibes to Swimming Lessons (one of my all-time favorite books), but Writers and Lovers had a pretty slow start, but I flew through the last 150 pages in one sitting! I enjoyed it, it was different than most books I pick up, but in a good way! Buy Writers and Lovers | Add on Goodreads

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I finished up my re-read of the TATBILB series, only to realize that I hadn’t ever read the last book! Say what!? I loved the ending though, this last book was a great end to the trilogy. I love Peter K and LJ together. I loved how this book was all about growing up and understanding that life changes as we get older. I recommend this series + these 13 other books if you liked To All The Boys. Buy trilogy | Add on Goodreads

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  1. Well, I’ve only read one of these (To All The Boys..) but now I want to read some of the others on here. I’d love to read the one by Rowell, so it can redeem me on their work, since I really disliked Eleanor & Park. Intrigued by so many of these!

    1. Okay, so I did not like Eleanor & Park either (I think we’ve talked about that) but I really did enjoy Attachments. It felt completely different. I’d definitely say give it a try!

  2. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing, but haven’t read any of the other books. Going to add a few of these to my list right now!

    1. Rowell has been hit or miss for me, but I really loved Attachments!! I hope you read whatever ones you pick up!

  3. These books sound so enthralling! I would love to dig into a few of these for sure!

    Kileen
    <a href=“https://cuteandlittle.com”>cute & little</a>

    1. You should! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  4. Wow congrats on finishing your book, that must have been so exciting! TATBILB is totally my guilty pleasure, btw haha 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!! It was very exciting! And it is such a great guilty pleasure book!!

  5. That’s so exciting that you’re writing a book and you’ve made such progress! I wrote a book a few years ago, went through many drafts but ultimately did not seek out a publisher. It still feels like a great accomplishment though!

    1. I’ve finished a few books, but this is the furthest I’ve made it (with edits and such) I’m working towards publication, so we’ll see what happens! But it’s such a huge accomplishment to even write a book!

  6. Yay on finishing your book!! Thats so exciting and you managed to do some great reading!!

    1. Thank you!! It really is so exciting!

  7. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE! My all time favorite AC! So happy you liked it also.

    1. It was so good!!

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