March and April Reading List

Writing this reading list made me realize that these were good months for books! I’ve been on a roll reading books that have not disappointed me. I hope this continues! I think the trick is to just not set high expectations and read every book with an open mind.

I think I need to do a better job with realistically rating the books though. I noticed I gave a lot of 5’s on this one (on a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the highest score). That’s not a bad thing but it may not be super helpful when I give 5’s all the time. I’ll try to improve on that next month. I think I did a better job rating books last time, or I just loved more books this time!

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Fatal Inheritance

Rating: 5/5

I received this e-book as a free advanced copy from NetGalley. I devoured this book – it was so entertaining! I enjoyed the setting the story is in, the characters, all the plot twists, all the secrets that get uncovered, all of it! The book is very well written – sometimes I laughed, sometimes I stayed up late to find out a juicy detail. I highly recommend this book to mystery and historical fiction lovers.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity

Rating: 5/5

This book was an emotional roller coaster. It was a page turner with a surprise on practically every page. I didn’t want to put it down!

I would say that maybe don’t read it if you’re a new mother or expecting very soon. Unless you’re good at separating your life and the fictional book, it wouldn’t be a good idea to read it. Just a warning!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help

Rating: 5/5

I listened to this on audio and it was a great audiobook! I really enjoyed the story and all the characters’ perspectives. I wish there was a little more to the ending but it’s probably meant to be the way it ended – more open-ended.

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Rating: 3.5/5

When I picked this book to read, I don’t remember if I realized it was a first in a trilogy. I’m not sure if I will read the next one or two.. I kind of want to know what happens though, so I may read it.

It was an interesting enough book. It definitely made me want to be on the beach in the Caribbean! I think the characters were pretty likable and it was an easy read.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Rating: 3/5

This is a very quick book. It is VERY cheesy. I didn’t particularly like the way it started – the beginning of the story was just summarized from a narrator, rather than actually going through the story day to day with the characters. So you didn’t really see how the relationship started or progressed – you just picked up when the guy wanted to propose.

I still wanted to see how the story played out, even though it was very predictable (I wanted to see if my predictions were right – and they were).

Also, I did not like the male narrator’s voices. He made Jack sound like a 90-year-old man.

The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

Rating: 5/5

This is the second book in a trilogy I started last month. This second book did not disappoint! Sometimes second books in trilogies are slow moving, the middle of a story, but not this one! The format was the same as the first book and it was fast paced and kept me interested up until the very last page.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Rating: 5/5

Thank you First to Read for this ARC! I loved this book! It was sweet, sexy, and literally made me laugh out loud sometimes. It’s less “sexy” than The Kiss Quotient but that didn’t matter to me. I thought the Vietnamese and American cultural differences were presented in such a funny way (good funny that makes you laugh) while it’s still respectful of both cultures.

I enjoyed how both characters helped each other grow personally. I didn’t feel as frustrated with their miscommunication (or lack of communication at times) as I was in The Kiss Quotient because I was expecting it this time.

I really hope the next book is about Quan – he was a really sweet minor character in this book.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Rating: 3.5/5

I listened to this on audio because I probably would never have gotten to this in an actual book. It was an interesting book – something completely different from what I usually read. I enjoyed the story and the unknown things that the reader found out as the book progressed.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Rating: 5/5

I read this 440 page book in 8 days while working over 60 hours a week. My iPhone told me I averaged 23 minutes of screen time a day, a 64% decrease from the prior week. So I guess all I did was work and read this book. 

It was SO good! I was nervous to start reading it because I heard of some people thinking it’s too slow or they don’t like a certain character. I NEVER thought it was slow. There is a character that people may not like, but it should be like that. I don’t think you should like that character. 

I cried twice while reading this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve cried during a book – mainly because I try not to read those kinds of books a lot, but this one was worth it! This book exceeded my expectations.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 4/5

I can’t decide how many stars to give this book. I’m giving 4 because I liked the book, I wanted to keep reading it and finish it, but I’m not sure I 100% understand the hype? Or maybe I just had too high expectations because of the hype, so I was expecting this book to blow me away?

I did enjoy it and couldn’t put it down, so 4 stars it is. I try not to think too much into the hype of books but sometimes that’s hard to forget about.

What was on your reading list last month? Do you have any recommendations?

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