April 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

This has just been a weird month all around and I’m pretty proud of how much reading I managed to get done.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 13
Books currently reading:
2

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of April = 307
Books added to TBR = 4
Books read/deleted from TBR = 3
Total on TBR now = 308

How did your reading go this month?

42 Best Book Deals for 4/29/20: The Mothers, Looking for Alaska, Miracle Creek, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (only $0.49!!!)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

The Silent House by Nell Pattison

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Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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This Side of Home by Renee Watson

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Season of the Witch (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1) by Agatha Christie

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott

Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Jackpot by Nic Stone

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim


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Taylor Jenkins Reid Mini-Reviews

Perhaps this is surprising, but this is my first time reading any of TJR’s books! I thoroughly enjoyed my TJR experience and I’m kind of amazed how her books vary in style and subject matter. These reviews are in the order that I read them.

mini-reviews

After I Do

This is the first TJR book that I got my hands on and I was very pleasantly surprised. I could see bits of myself and my husband in both Lauren and Ryan. Obviously my relationship isn’t exactly like the one portrayed here, but I feel like there are some underlying truths in this book about relationships and marriage that could be a beneficial reminder for most couples. I thought this book had a really great resolution. I think it could have been done in a way that felt…insincere? But instead, I felt like the character development was realistic–both Lauren and Ryan changed and made some discoveries. I also liked that Lauren admitted that they didn’t necessarily have to be separated to come to the conclusions that they did. It’s all about WANTING your marriage and relationship to work. Obviously there are some situations where that’s not the case, but I think any relationship is going to have it’s tough elements and you need to make sure you WANT to get through it, or else it’s never going to work. Overall, I really liked this book and there was so much in here that resonated with me. 4/5

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One True Loves

First off, I’m just going to say that this is the literal ONLY case where a love triangle is acceptable in my mind. It’s not one girl falling in love with two guys at the same time, instead she’s fallen in love with both of them at different times and there are huge extenuating circumstances. I thought this book was good, but I didn’t like it quite as much as After I Do. The choice that Emma had to make kind of hung over the whole book and made me a little uncomfortable for the whole book pretty much. It felt obvious to me, too, who she was going to end up choosing (and who the author wanted the audience to want her to choose). I wished that things felt a little more even between Jesse and Sam–I didn’t want to be told who the “front runner” was. Besides that, I really liked the sister relationship between Emma and Marie. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed from when they were growing up to what it became as adults. I also thought Olive was a truly delightful character. 4/5

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Maybe In Another Life

I thought the premise of this book was really interesting, but it didn’t necessarily translate to an enjoyable reading experience. I still liked the story and the characters, but it was difficult for me to switch between narratives from chapter to chapter. It just didn’t feel very smooth to read. I also didn’t love the repetition that existed between the narratives (which is why I HATE Groundhog Day-type stories). I understand why the repetition was necessary, but I found it boring to read. Plot-wise, I definitely had a favorite timeline though it was hard to choose between them. There were some minor plot points that I felt needed to be addressed sooner than they were. The things I had questions about did get addressed eventually, but chapters after I feel like they should have been. Overall, I thought this book was really interesting. It makes you think about how one small decision has the potential to make this huge impact on the rest of your life. But at the same time, there are some things that may be inevitable. 3.5/5

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Daisy Jones & The Six

In the beginning I found it tougher to get into this book than TJR’s other ones. I’d come to expect one kind of story from her and this was so different. I found the interview format to be interesting, but harder for me to read. There were just so many characters and I had a tough time keeping them all straight sometimes. This seems like a book that would be AMAZING as a full cast audio, though. With that being said, I did get into the book eventually and found myself enjoying the story. I obviously can’t comment on what it’s like to be in a 70’s rock band, but it felt really authentic. TJR did a great job showing all the great times while also not shying away from the negatives (drugs, fighting, etc.). I found myself a few times looking up characters that were mentioned and I actually can’t believe that NONE of these characters actually exist! I don’t want to spoil anything, but I thought the twist regarding the author’s identity was really well done and surprising. In the end, I felt like Camila was a real MVP. I hadn’t given much thought to her in the beginning of the book, but she’s such a powerful, compassionate woman and a great example of what it means to fight for and to choose your marriage. 4/5

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23 Best Book Deals for 4/16/20: Sabriel, Internment, Neverwhere, A Simple Favor, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Internment by Samira Ahmed

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen


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April 2020 TBR

Who knows how much longer this quarantine is going to continue? My local library has been AMAZING throughout it all, though. They’re doing curbside hold pick-up days twice a week despite fines being suspended for the duration of their closure. Honestly, these guys are amazing. So I’ve got a few library books to finish this month and then…I guess it’s probably a good time to read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for ages.

Let’s see how this month goes! If you have a favorite Kristin Hannah book, let me know.

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!