April 2024 Reading Wrap-up

April has come and gone and it was a spectacular reading month. I came into the month expecting to read 10 books from my TBR and managed nearly double that. Though a couple of DNFs also occurred, I am truly surprised by how many books I got through and enjoyed nearly all of them. My April 2024 Reading Wrap-up goes over the many books I read in April and my thoughts on them.

April 2024 Reading Wrap-up

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

This is a book I have heard good things about and decided to give it a chance. After all, I do love reading books with horses in them, and this one does have a heavy horse focus.

The audiobook had a decent cast, however, there were times when I had to double-check whose chapter it was because some of the voices were too similar. This book shows how a horse connects multiple generations and the effects of racism both in the past and present.

It also highlights the importance of black trainers and helpers in the horse racing industry. While I can see why it’s become such a popular read, I didn’t quite find it as gripping as some others have. Even so, I’m glad I read it.

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Chihayafuru Vol 1 by Yuki Suetsugu

I didn’t really see the appeal despite lots of praise for the series. Perhaps it’s one of those series that gets better a few volumes in but this wasn’t for me.

Kimi ni Todoke Soulmate Vol 1 by Kauho Shiina

This is the start of the sequel trilogy to Kimi ni Todoke and focuses on Kurumi, though some of the rest of the original cast makes appearances.

While Kurumi was not my favorite character in the main series, she has grown a lot since then and I found myself enjoying her story. Kurumi and Eiji butt heads a decent amount in this volume, though it’s mostly Kurumi doing so, you can see that there is a growing attraction between them.

Though it does feel slightly rushed, I did enjoy this volume a ton and I cannot wait until the next two are released and see how everything continues.

Steins;gate The Complete Manga by Yomi Sarachi

Strange yet entertaining. There were some slightly confusing moments but they were solved as the series progressed.

I’m not sure how to give a proper mini-review without sharing any spoilers. But if you haven’t read this series yet and have been thinking about picking it up, I highly recommend it.

Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams

This was fine. The stories were quick to read and built on the world and mythology of Watership Down. If you are craving more of the rabbits from the original story and want to learn more about their world, then this would be worth reading, but in all honestly, I feel like you can skip this one and stick with the main book.

The LEGO Story by Jens Andersen

As someone who grew up playing with LEGO, I was curious to read this one and discover how this much-beloved company came to be. The first half or so of the book was the most interesting, as it covered the very beginning before it was officially known as LEGO, and went over their transition from that humble beginning to the toy giant they are today.

The latter half was a bit cumbersome as it spent most of its time going over the various managerial and executive positions that were constantly changing. Overall, a decent read if you are curious about the origins of LEGO.

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

I went into this one blind, not even reading the synopsis. This was a beautiful little story about overcoming one’s past, the importance of friendship, and being true to oneself – even when it’s difficult.

The small cast of this story makes you truly connect with each character and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it from beginning to end.

Golden Kamuy Vol 1 by Satoru Noda

Yet another book I went into blind and I’m glad I did.

Hidden gold, an immortal soldier, and an Ainu woman are the main focus of this story. I enjoyed this volume from start to finish however I am struggling to figure out how to talk about it without spoiling the story.

I look forward to reading the next volume soon.

Leading The Rebellion by Jason Kingsley

This is not the type of book I would normally pick up, but I love his YouTube channel so I felt included to pick up this book – heck, I even backed in on Kickstarter!

The book focuses a lot on business and how he lives and runs his company by following the chivalric code, but also highlights medieval life and video games. I found myself quite interested in everything he was talking about, even the business side of things. Honestly, if you are interesting in any of the topics he covers, this book is worth picking up.

Spy x Family Vol 3 by Tatsuya Endo

This was a hilarious volume. From start to finish I was absorbed in it, even though I knew what would be happening since I had previously watched the anime.

We get to see more of Anya at school, her continued struggles with studying, but most importantly, there is the time spent with Yor’s brother. This family meetup was the highlight of the volume. It also hints at things to come.

The bonus story was also great and it’s one of the bits of the story that didn’t make it into the first season of the anime, so I’m glad I decided to read this otherwise I would be missing out on that funny moment.

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 3 by Koyoharu Gotouge

With action starting from page one, this volume certainly grabbed my attention and held it right to the end. None of these events were new to me, as I have seen the first season of the anime, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.

The variety of demons that Tanjiro encounters shows that they come in many forms and have various powers to combat.

Zenitsu is as annoying as I remember him being but he certainly adds something to the story and seeing him when his powers kick in is entertaining.  Another great addition to this series and I look forward to continue reading through the remaining volumes.

Maison Ikkoku Vol.1 by Rumiko Takahashi

This was a reread as I’m wanting to finish this series but don’t remember all that happened in it.

While it took me a bit to get into the story, I soon found myself enjoying this eclectic group of characters that live together in this apartment building. This series is quite a bit different from Takahashi’s other works yet I found myself enjoying this volume much more the second time around. To see exactly what I thought, be sure to check out my full review.

Related: Book Review: Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Horimiya Vol 1 by HERO

Another reread but I wanted to revisit this one so I can finally work on finishing this series with everything fresh in my mind.

I loved getting to read through this volume and experience Hori and Miyamuri getting to initially know each other again and share each other’s hidden side. These two are so fun to read about and the way they learn bits about each other is entertaining.

Toss in the rest of the characters and you have quite an enjoyable story. I look forward to continuing through this series and finally properly finishing it. Highly recommend this series.

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

I listened to the audiobook of this one and it was fine. It was a bit hard to keep track of who was who because the characters didn’t get unique voices and with a small cast, they were almost always together, so I had to really pay attention and sometimes relisten to a part to know who was talking.

The time travel aspect of the coffee shops was neat, and the basis around much of the story. However, the characters were unmemorable and the story never truly caught my attention.

The story does have some repetitive moments, however, I have found that to be a common trend in Japanese literature – or at least I have encountered that in many of the ones I have read.

Silver Spoon Vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa

Another reread. This series is such a hidden gem and a comfort read for me.

Hachiken really steps out of his comfort zone in this volume, even more so than the previous one. Seeing him put his full attention on something while continuing to balance school and extracurricular work, shows how hard-working and dedicated he is. Yet he also sees the importance of getting others’ help and sometimes relying on others when he isn’t capable of doing a task himself.

We also get to see an in-depth look at various farms, from small family-run farms to large industrial operations and how vastly different these places are run, yet they share an ultimate goal – in this case, producing milk.

Ranma 1/2 Vol 2 by Rumiko Takahashi

Yet another reread but some series are worth revisiting.

We get to meet Ryoga, P-chan, and Kodachi in this volume and each of these characters creates new hurdles for Akane and Ranma to overcome. I love how everything has a martial arts element to it, even things you wouldn’t expect, like gymnastics.

The quick pacing, humor, and utter shenanigans of this volume kept me entertained from start to finish.

April 2024 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 18
  • Books purchased: 12
  • Books unhauled: 9
  • Books DNF’d: 4

I hope you enjoyed my April 2024 Reading Wrap-up. What did you read in April?

4 Comments

  1. I found some books on your list that I would like to read. My oldest son adores Lego, and I want to tell him a full story. Plus, Leading the Rebellion sounds like a great book, too!

    1. Author

      Glad you found some books that interesting you and your son. I hope you enjoy them if you do pick them up.

  2. I had a very poor reading month in April, so I am hoping I can get back into it over the next few weeks (so far, so good). A few of the books you listed here caught my interest, I would probably give Tales from Watership Down a go and Sweet Bean Paste. I sometimes go in blind with a book too, and I usually find something I wouldn’t have picked but end up loving. Great reading list!

    1. Author

      That’s a bummer about April but I hope your May reading goes well. Fingers crossed you enjoy the books you do pick up. Going in blind more often than not works in my favor and it’s fun to have the entire story a mystery until you start reading.

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