Raving about all of the books I read last month | April Wrap-Up

Every month I think I didn’t read that much and then I tally up all of the books I’ve read and realize I didn’t do too bad. I actually had an amazing reading month and discovered some new favorites while also revisiting some of my all-time faves.

The first two weeks were primarily devoted to A-spec April which involved reading some ace and aro books. I’m so so happy I decided to participate because I ended up reading some amazing books and found even more I want to read in the future. I found an all-time favorite author this month, read probably my favorite romance of all time and reread one of my favorite series. Pretty successful I’d say

Don’t Date Rosa Santos | Nina Moreno


Oh my god this book. I loved it so much and if you’re into contemporaries it’s a must-read. I wrote a full review that you can check out here.

Things I liked:

  • Food descriptions
  • Latinx diaspora rep
  • Complicated family
  • Sunny Florida setting

Sailor Moon #4 | Naoko Takeuchi


Another month another Sailor Moon manga read. I’m really enjoying reading these especially as someone who’s never watched the anime (I know I’m sorry don’t kill me!)

Things I liked:

  • Magical girls (duh)
  • Chibi-usa (duh)
  • Black! Moon! arc!

Dare Mighty Things | Heather Kaczynski


This was an amazing audiobook! As I’m trash for any plot involving some sort of competition, you know this was my shit.

Things I liked:

  • Mysterious space mission
  • Near future sci-fi
  • A-spec mc
  • A competition!

Blanca & Roja | Anna Marie McLemore


I know people always talk about about amazing Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing is, but damn was it good. Can’t wait to read literally everything she has ever/will ever publish asap

Things I liked:

  • The writing (helloooooo?)
  • Evil swans
  • Story about sisterhood
  • Amazing trans rep
  • I am trash for magical realism

The Spy With the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke


Another book read for A-spec April! I’ve never really read much historical fantasy before, and I think this was done sooo welll.

Things I liked:

  • queer jewish siblings fighting nazis (!!!!)
  • demisexual rep
  • balloons! with magic!

The Hating Game | Sally Thorne


*SIGH* This book is so so good. If you like hate to love romance even a tiny bit, you need to read this asap

Things I liked:

  • Hate to love romance (duh)
  • Set in a publishing house
  • The tension is real
  • I want more

Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman


I found this while searching for books to read during A-spec April, and I’m so happy I did! It’s emotional and hard hitting while also throwing in jokes. Def recommend

Things I liked:

  • Multi-racial Asian and A-spec mc
  • Grumpy old man who is actually soft
  • Will make you cry
  • Depiction of grief, trauma and mental health

Tw: death of a loved one

Saga Vol. 5 | Brian K Vaughn


Still loving this series and can’t wait to get to the next one!

Record of a Spaceborn Few | Becky Chambers


Although this was my least favorite in this series, it was still amazing and I will 100% be rereading it along with the previous two.

Things I liked:

  • Ugh her writing is just *chefs kiss* amazing
  • Quiet sci-fi
  • Wholesome characters

Illuminae | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


I love this series so much UGh

Things I liked:

  • The straight up GENIUS storytelling
  • Murder AI
  • The audiobook with full cast
  • Strong af characters

Gemina | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


My favorite in this series. If you have no read it, I will not spoil you but ugh so good. Full review can be found here.

Things I liked:

  • Bad ass Hanna Donnelly
  • ELLA!
  • The second half of the book *GENIUS*
  • Plot TWISTS

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