Monthly Wrap Up

April Wrap Up

In my March Wrap Up, I was somehow processing how quickly that particular month went by. I must admit this trend continues and I am still wrapping my mind around the fact that we are in May. 🙂 🙂

March was a fairly slow month reading-wise and April felt somehow even slower. It’s not that I wouldn’t enjoy reading at present. I just simply can not decide what I want to read, which usually results in me staring into nothingness and day dreaming instead. Not that I mind, it’s just a bit hard to write book reviews when you are actually not reading anything🤔

Anyhow, James and I took a week and half off work at the end of April and enjoyed our time off in Dartmoor National Park – a vast moorland in the county of Devon, in southwest England. It was a serene experience, we would wake up to bird songs, enjoy the tranquillity of moors where wild ponies kept us the only company. Our dog loved it as well and keeps on telling me that we need to book another holiday sometime soon. I better listen! 😉

I managed to read three books in April. I must admit that I loved them all and despite my slow reading pace, there were highly enjoyable reads.

  • Educated by Tara Westover, 5 stars  Review here

This was the book of the month for me.

Educated is a powerful testament of how we can choose to stop being defined by our past. It is a thought provoking memoir that left me with a strong feeling of unease long after I finished reading it.

I’m still thinking about this book and have a feeling it may become the book of 2018. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… there are still many months to go… 😉

  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan, 4 stars  Review here

Tangerine is a psychological thriller that made me pause sometimes to fully digest what I just read. The relationship between two female protagonists was highly toxic and reading about it was unsettling at times. There were many mind games involved and I was engaged till the end.

  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, 4 stars  Review to follow next week

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store” was another enjoyable read.

It is not a ‘How to’ guide but rather a memoir documenting a year long journey of a self imposed shopping ban. I have been following Cait’s blog for some time and really enjoy both her writing as well as her thought provoking topics. Its review is to follow next week, promise!

And that’s April done and dusted.

Now over to you my friends.

What was your favourite book you read in April?

19 thoughts on “April Wrap Up”

  1. Tangerine sounds a little bit like Exquisite which was also about two women, where you don’t really know who is the bad one ;-). I added Educated to my wishlist and I think you’ve got something to do with it. I kind of have to be happy you didn’t read more because you could do serious damage to my wishlist haha :-). Happy reading this month!

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  2. Toxic is definitely what defines the issues in Tangerine- It was good! Glad you liked this books.

    I have been hearing a lot of praise about Educated and you might be right in foreseeing, it might be GoodReads best for related category (memoir? biography?)for 2018!

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    1. I agree! Tangerine was one of those books that kept me engaged and that writing was just so beautiful.

      I hope Educated will get some further recognition. Its journey of struggle, defiance and the ability to forgive and let go and just something very special. At least it was to me. 😊❤️

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    1. It is a good one, Norrie pointed out a few plot holes and I did agree with all of them but we both enjoyed it despite of those. Hope you enjoy it too, it’s very atmospheric. 🍀🤞


  3. Yup, I get that conflict of not reading enough but then having to write a book review…the pacing doesn’t match up and then you don’t have enough material for your blog haha. 😛

    Oh, and I sampled the first few chapters of Educated at the bookstore last week after reading your review, and it was verrry good. I can definitely see why this was the highlight of your month, and I can’t wait to get back to it when I have the chance! Lovely wrap-up! 😀

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    1. Exactly! Book blogger problems eh? 😂

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I added the Glass Castle very high on my TBR list after our talk and am looking forward to reading it soon as well. And as always, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. 😊💕

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  4. Tangerine sounds amazing!! I have added it to my spring/summer TBR list. The book that “To Have and to Hold” by Ketley Allison and it’s got romance, suspense, mystery and more! Emme has been kidnapped and the reader is along for the ride in a POV style that definitely left me chilled. On top of that Emme’s long lost college love, Spence, is now a prosecutor and determined to find her when he’s found out she’s been taken. There are a ton of twists and turns along the way and some major A-HA! moments (which I LOVE). The author has a few book series and some other books I have already added to my TBR list as well ( If you do check out this book tell me what you think! I can’t stop thinking about it. Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you Bianca for that suggestion. I have checked out “To Have and to Hold” on Goodreads and it does sound very intriguing and I have added to my TBR list. I’ll let you know when I read it for sure.
      I am really hoping you will enjoy Tangerine. It could be a great summer read as that writing is just so beautiful.
      Happy reading and thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    1. Well despite calling myself a minimalist, I can relate. We finally managed to transform a wild jungle into a small garden and I’m obsessing over garden photos on Pinterest and want to buy every possible flower on Earth despite my poor track record with keeping them alive… I’m trying really, really hard not to but already caved in and bought a tiny olive tree in a pot and a few tiny lavenders… 🙈🙈🙈

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        1. Ha ha, I got one of those lavenders as a Birthday gift in late January and nearly killed it. I took it outside a few weeks ago after the Frost went away and it’s doing surprisingly well together with a few other lavenders I bought recently.. ask me again after this summer though…! Did you keep yours inside? I’m blaming the inside condition rather that my ‘gardening skills’ of course… 😉😂

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    1. Thank you. Dartmoor was so serene. Maybe we were there still off season, but it was brilliant. PS. Devon cream tea was thoroughly sampled! 😂🙈


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