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April 2022 Book Check In – What I’ve Loved

My goal for this year was 24 books and I’ve currently hit 14 because well, reading is my wedding planning escapism tool. So I’m ranking them from worst to best, but in this case I haven’t read anything “bad” this year so far.

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Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

I honestly read this because everything else I wanted to read had a long hold and I wasn’t trying to take a long break from reading and inevitably end up in a rut so I picked this up. Not that good, but a fun filler book for fans of the Selection series until Netflix gives an update on the movie adaptation.

Amazon.com: Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (The  Selection Novella): 9780062484291: Cass, Kiera: Books

Dear Martin

Amazon.com: Dear Martin: 9781101939529: Stone, Nic: Books

This book is frustrating for me because I feel like parents really failed their kids throughout this book and the outcomes were tragic. However, if I had teens/preteens in my life I’d definitely have them read it and discuss their thoughts and feelings on it in a similar way to The Hate U Give.

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice - Alma Books

Okay please don’t yell at me! The book was good, it was good, but I also was reading it via ebook so my attention span was low and it took a lot to get through it which is why it is listed so low.

The Duke & I

Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1) - Kindle edition by Quinn,  Julia. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

My judgment is clouded by my love for the series, it’s true. If you read my March favorites post you’d already know.

Arsenic & Adobo

Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery Book 1) - Kindle edition  by Manansala, Mia P.. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @  Amazon.com.

One of my first mysteries, this book was a fun audiobook. I didn’t figure out the mystery until right before the reveal so I’d say it’s an effective one for sure and the motive definitely caught me by surprise!


Amazon.com: Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social  Media: 9780806538853: Hennessy, Brittany: Books

This book felt like work for me given that I work in Influencer Marketing.

The Viscount Who Loved Me

The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn | Author of Historical Romance  Novels

I read this one before the season came out, and I believe this is a better book than the first but it’s nothing amazing.

The Help

It’s a good book, I accept that. But, it’s not my favorite of the year. I also don’t love some of the portrayals of the titular “Help” but that’s more about hindsight and progression.

The Rest of the Story

Amazon.com: The Rest of the Story: 9780062933621: Dessen, Sarah: Books

This book just makes me smile honestly, it’s not the greatest novel ever written but it makes you feel good. Check out the podcast episode about this one.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters - Wikipedia

Another podcast read; everyone loves Percy Jackson. Also, have you seen the latest casting announcement? It’s so perfect!

The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel - Kindle edition by Dave, Laura.  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

This mystery was GOOD. I was on the edge of my seat, definitely a highly recommended book. You can find it on Amazon for $13.

Act Your Age Eve Brown

Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters, 3): Hibbert, Talia:  9780062941275: Amazon.com: Books

The Brown Sisters are my girls! I’ve loved every book in the series but the last installment featuring Eve was my favorite of the three. Definitely worth the $14 to buy.


Amazon.com: Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle): 9781534441606: Deonn, Tracy:  Books

Yes, rereading this book for the podcast has this book as my favorite of the year so far once again. I have made everyone possibly buy this book. You can find it here.

What has been your favorite read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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