April in books, my thoughts on what I read

Books, books, and more books! That is the best way to describe my reading in April. I thought I had read a lot in March, but April was an even stronger reading month. I honestly used to doubt whether I would even get through my entire giant TBR, but after this month, I am confident that it can be done given time. April in books is the fourth is my continuing series that shares what I read in a month and my thoughts on them.

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April in books

InuYasha Volumes 28-56 by Rumiko Takahashi

The final 29 volumes of this series, which I read in the first two days of the month. I really enjoyed the heck out of this series. As far as I could tell, there was little to no difference between the manga and the anime series. However, I noticed that the storylines from the movies were not in the manga. I was a little bit disappointed by this, as I enjoyed the movies as well, but this is just an incentive to watch them again.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

This collection of short stories occurs, before, during, and after the events of the Lunar Chronicles series. For the most part, I enjoyed these stories. However, there was one that I found quite confusing and I’m not sure how it fits into the series overall. I would recommend reading this one after the main series, as the stories do contain a number of spoilers that will ruin the experience of the series as a whole.

James And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

I remember loving this one as a kid. Reading it now, I still enjoyed it, however, I felt as though some of the magic of the story was lost. Still fun and whimsical, typical of Dahl’s writing.

The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton

The second book in The Borrowers series. This one was a bit shorter than the first, however, the story was pretty solid. In fact, I would say that I liked this one just a bit better than the first, as the situation that the borrowers find themselves in really shows off their strengths and weaknesses and makes the story more appealing overall. This is the type of book I would have enjoyed more when I was younger but was still a fun read.

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

This was an audiobook I had gotten for free a few years ago. The premise of this book was quite interesting. The idea was that death was no longer something to fear since true death rarely happened anymore. It’s a short book, but I won’t hold that against it as I don’t think the story would have held up any better had it been longer.

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

I will admit, I’m torn on this one. I want to say I loved it because it’s Star Wars. But the truth is, I found it pretty mediocre. The problem was with the writing style more than anything else. I found Wendig’s writing to be almost bothersome to read because it’s so different from all the other Star Wars books out there. I will read the rest of the trilogy in the near future and hopefully, the writing style will grow on me and make me enjoy the story more.

Warriors: Fire And Ice by Erin Hunter

The second book in the series and boy what a book it was. Honestly, so much happened in this book that it’s hard to put my thoughts down on it. All I can tell you is that this series is really good and though it’s a middle-grade novel, it can be enjoyed by adults as well. I highly recommend this series.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

This one was recommended by my husband, as he had listened to it last year. I figured based on the title alone this would be an entertaining listen. The first half of this book was indeed entertaining and I found his points to be quite eye-opening. However, during the second half of the book, I started not giving a fuck. Ironic? Probably. Or perhaps it was a sign that the book was having an impact on me. If you’re curious about this one, then give it a try. However, if you are averse to cursing, then avoid this book because it has plenty.

Alanna The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

For a while now, I have been wanting to read Tamora Pierce. I have heard plenty of good things about her books but had yet to read anything by her. Then I recently happened to come upon the entire Song of the Lioness series at the used book store and figured that was my chance to check out her writing. It took me a while to get into this one, however, the second half of this book is where the story really shined. Since these books are aimed at middle-grade/young adult readers, the writing is a bit simple, but even so, the story does have a bit of depth to it. I will be reading the rest of the series soon, as I hope it will grow stronger with each book and I am curious as to where the story will go from here.

The Maine Mutiny by Donald Bain

By far my favorite Murder, She Wrote novel so far. Normally, these books start off a bit slow, but this one pulled me in right from the beginning and I devoured it in a single sitting. This book is a perfect reflection of the show and how it felt to watch those episodes. The strength of the story surpassed all the previous novels and I hope it is a sign of what is to come with the rest of the series. Now, I am excited to continue with this series.

The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin

The third book in the Earthsea Cycle. This one was alright. I found the story to be a bit on the slow side and I never really felt any connection to the new character Arren. Even so, I will be continuing on with this series.

The Last Gunfighter: Manhunt by William W. Johnstone

As a fan of westerns, I’m always on the lookout for books set in this genre. This one was a random find at a used bookstore a few years back. It sounded intriguing so I picked it up. This was a very solid and enjoyable story and had everything I love about westerns in it. I do wish that there was a bit more gunfighting in it, especially given the title, but overall a good book.

It was only after finishing this book that I realized it was part of a series. In fact, this is the tenth book in the series. However, it is not required to have read the previous novels to enjoy this book.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

I wanted to love this one, I really did. In fact, I picked this book up because it had good reviews and was recommended to me based on some other books I had read and loved. Truth be told, I almost didn’t finish this one, but I soldiered on and managed to get through it. In the end, it was better than I initially felt about it, but it just didn’t speak to me enough to love it. It was still an interesting story, I just think I didn’t get it enough to truly appreciate it.

The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton

The third book in the series and in my opinion, the weakest so far. Though a number of things happened throughout the book, I feel like it strayed a bit too much from the previous books. I will continue with the series and hope that the remaining books are better.

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I actually picked up this book because Ruth from Ruth In Revolt (sadly she doesn’t blog anymore) recommended it. I haven’t gone out of my way to read books about mental health, but it’s something that I have wanted to do. This was quite a powerful read and I can see why she recommends it. This book really does a fantastic job of painting what it’s like to live with depression. If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, then I highly recommend picking up this book. I think it’s especially important for those who know someone with depression but don’t fully understand what that person is going through. It really paints the picture perfectly and I hope will give insight into what it is to live with it.

Seraphim by Michele Hauf

Oh boy, I’m conflicted when it comes to this book. Part of me enjoyed the story, and it was a pretty quick read too. However, once I was done I couldn’t help but constantly think of how the book was just one big pile of cliches. I think that if everything wasn’t such a blatant cliche, then the book would be a solid one, but it’s hard to ignore that.

The Turn: The Hollows Begins With Death by Kim Harrison

A few years ago I listened to most of The Hollows series and really enjoyed them. This year I decided to give the series proper attention and listen to them all. The Turn was a great prequel story to the main Hollows series. I had kind of wondered about some events that were mentioned in the main series and this book answered all of my questions. Though the story is amazing on its own, I have to say that Marguerite Gavin does a fantastic job of bringing it and the characters to life. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the series again.

Warriors: Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter

The third book in the series and this one really ramped up a lot. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I can’t believe that a middle-grade novel can grab my attention so thoroughly. Unfortunately, I can’t say much without giving away the story. But what I can say is wow do I love this series. I honestly wish I had these books when I was growing up. Looking back on a lot of the books I read when I was younger, they seem so simple compared to these.

In The Hand of The Goddess by Tamora Pierce

The second book in the Song of the Lioness series. This one was pretty good. This was not as enjoyable as the first but a solid read. My one issue was that the amount of time that passed in this book, I believe it was 4 or 5 years, made things seem a bit too rushed. I realize that the author was likely trying to keep the book a certain length, as well as the series itself, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if there was more happening instead of major time skips just to get everything done by the end of the book. This is a series that I certainly would have enjoyed more when I was younger, but still good enough that I will continue on.

The Final Day by William R. Forstchen

The final book in the After trilogy and it’s set three-ish years after an EMP knocks out everything. I had kind of high hopes for this book, as I really enjoyed the first two in the series, however, this one fell short. I felt that I was reading history and military texts than an actual story. I get that history and the military mindset have played a major role in the series, but I felt that it bogged down this final part of the story.

Appleseed Volumes 1-4 by Masamune Shirow

Having loved the Appleseed movies, and to a lesser extent the series, I was eager to read the manga. I was actually really surprised at how different these books were from the movies. In fact, I was kind of disappointed with them. The first two volumes weren’t too bad, but the last two were not very enjoyable. It honestly makes me wonder how the movie stories came to be because they hold little resemblance to each other – but I’m grateful for that because the movies are amazing.

April in books stats

  • Books read: 52
  • Books purchased: 0
  • Books purged: 28
  • Books DNF’d: 1

Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.

What did you read in April? Any favorites that I should check out?


  1. You always have the best reviews! Looks like another great no th of reading!!

    1. Thanks, I try to be as honest as possible with my reviews. It really was a great reading month and I’m looking forward to seeing what May has in store.

  2. I see a few more books to add to my list! 😀 I just finished reading The Life We Bury but Allen Eskens. It was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

    1. Hooray, I’m glad I could help you add a few more to your TBR. Oh, I hadn’t heard of that one before, I shall have to check it out.

  3. I freaking loved the borrowers series growing up! Awwww I miss it!
    I haven’t read any actual books in an age, I’ve read a few magazines but I only really have time for that in the bath now :-/

    1. I wish I had have read The Borrowers when I was growing up. Of course, I might have read them then and just forgotten about it. Reading magazines is better than nothing. I hope you find more time to read in the future.

  4. Oh my goodness, you read so many books! I’m really impressed and inspired. Also, these reviews are great! I love the format of this post. I’ll have to add some of these to my list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I totally wasn’t expecting to get through this many, but I’m glad that I did. I’m glad you enjoy how I do my reviews. Hope you read and enjoy some of these books.

  5. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” has been recommended to me. I still have yet to add it to my growing pile of books to read, which sadly is collecting dust these days. I’ve been terrible about making time to read these days, though I do love it.

    1. You should read it for sure. It’s a shame you don’t have much time to read, but hopefully, you can squeeze in some reading time soon.

  6. Wow! You have been busy! Are you typically a fast reader? You really peaked my interest in a few of these; especially the series involving The Last Gunfighter! Thank you for sharing this varied list!


    1. It honestly depends on the book as to whether I can read them quickly or not. If it’s good, I can burn through even a long book in a day or two. However, if it doesn’t really grab my attention fully, even a shorter book can take days to read. If you like westerns, then I think you will enjoy The Last Gunfighter series.

  7. Wow! You read a lot of books this month! I’m glad your still enjoying the warrior cats series!

    1. I’m still surprised I got through this many. I’m still shocked a series about cats has me so enthralled, but I can’t deny that they are amazing books.

  8. Wow, that is an impressive amount of books! I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations so thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I have read Reasons To Stay Alive and thought it was a powerful read too. I’ll defo check out some others in this post too 🙂 <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thanks, it was a surprise when I counted them up at the end of the month. I knew I had read a lot but wasn’t expecting the number to be so high. I hope you are able to read some of them and enjoy them.

  9. ooo Inuyasha! I tried starting that manga series but I never ended up getting into it, maybe I should try it again!! I also think that book title The Art of Not Giving a F*ck is interesting. I’d def give that a try as well. I’ll check the other books out, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    1. Definitely give it another try, or you could watch the anime, which is pretty much bang on with the manga. Hope you find some good reads from here.

  10. Wow, so many books. Reasons To Stay Alive has been on my list of books to read for a while. After reading this, I want to take a trip down to the bookstore and grab a copy. I love books about mental health. I also see a few other books I’ll have to add to my list. Thanks for sharing. 😀

    1. I’d highly recommend you do go and read it, it’s such a powerful read. Hope you enjoy the ones you do add to your list.

  11. I came here looking for inspiration to add to my own reading list (as you’ve inspired me to attempt to read more) and I’m so happy to see that you read Reasons to Stay Alive and enjoyed it! 🙂 From your list, I think I may need to look into The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I’m glad I have inspired you to read more. It’s one of the big reasons why I share what I read each month because I want people to read more. I hope you enjoy The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck.

  12. What a fantastic month! I hardly read anything at all. I’ve been spending all my time working on updating my blog. I will be checking out some of the manga on your list, as it’s a genre/format I’ve been wanting to break into more in recent months. Hope you have an even better May!

    1. Thanks. Updating a blog is certainly time-consuming, but hopefully, you can find some reading time soon. Manga are such fun books to read and there are so many to choose from. I hope you enjoy the ones you do check out. If you need any recommendations let me know, I haven’t read a ton of manga yet but I can try to help you out.

  13. Have you heard of Arrietty, an animated movie made by Studio Ghibli? I read the graphic novel version and thought it was really neat. I believe it was based on the Borrowers and wonder what someone whose seen/read both would compare them.

    1. I have, and I absolutely love the movie! Though I haven’t read the graphic novel version of it. It was indeed based on The Borrowers series. Having read nearly all of the books now, it is vastly different from them and I would honestly say that the movie is the better version.

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