April 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

April was a good reading month for me, considering that it’s my final month of undergrad and the month before I take my finals and graduate! In all, I ended up reading twelve books, and only two of those were required for school. Of course, included in these are a few novellas, but they certainly still count!

My stats:
3352 total pages
★★★★★ – 4 books
★★★★½ – 2 books
★★★★ – 3books
★★★ – 1 book
★★½ – 1 book
★★ – 1 book

Below, I have ordered the books by rating, not in the order in which I read them.

Confess by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
Because I discussed this book in a full review, I won’t go into too much detail. However, I will say that because of this book, Colleen Hoover has become my new favorite author, and this is now one of my new favorite books. I can’t stop thinking about it and how beautiful it was! I connected with the characters, the setting was amazing, the writing was perfect, and the plot was beautifully crafted and executed. Confess is my favorite book of the month.

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren ★★★★★
This book was another great one for me! After reading the first book in the series, Beautiful Bastard, I wondered how the books could get any better, but surprisingly, they did. Beautiful Stranger is one of those books that’s sexy, frustrating, and sweet all in one, and I adored it!

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren ★★★★★
Remember how I just mentioned how I didn’t know how the books in the Beautiful Series could get any better than the first? Well, this book, the third, was the best of the entire series, in my opinion. Will and Hanna…they are couples goals. I read this book in about a day, and that was while I spent a few hours in class. I still think about this book and these characters!

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren ★★★★★
Again, another amazing, full five star book from the Beautiful Series! This was the last full-length book that is out in the series before the final novel is published in October. Beautiful Secret, for me, was so different than the other books, but just as beautiful, especially in its own unique way. Once again, full five stars were definitely given and well deserved.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day ★★★★½
I’ve had the first four books of this series for awhile, and after seeing them sitting on my shelf for the longest time, I finally picked up the first book. It had much more sex than I expected and was extremely graphic, but that’s okay! People have said it’s comparable to Fifty Shades of Grey, and while it is in some aspects, I found this to be a better written and more intriguing version. For the record, there are many differences that set Bared to You apart from FSoG. This was an enjoyable read, but didn’t get a full rating due to a few issues that I had with the story.

Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren★★★★½
This novella was the longest novella of the series, and rightfully so, because it was about Chloe and Bennett, the original Beautiful Series couple, and their wedding day. Chloe and Bennett’s story has always been a crazy, intense ride, and this novella didn’t stray from that intensity and craziness. I love Chloe and Bennett and how passionate they are about each other. Their love for each other is not only adorable, but in a way, inspiring. This didn’t receive a full five star rating because of some minor issues I had with the book, such as spelling issues and plot points.

Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren ★★★★
This novella was hilarious. It followed Max and Bennett during Bennett’s bachelor party in Vegas, and how Max and Bennett’s girlfriends, Sara and Chloe, show up. This novella differentiated from the full-length novels and the other novellas because it was all in the male characters’ POVs, which is something I found fascinating. Often in Christina Lauren’s novels, the male POVs are my favorites, so the fact that this novella was written entirely in alternating POVs between Max and Bennett made the entire novella.

Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren ★★★★
I was incredibly happy to be back in my favorite Beautiful Series couple, Will and Hanna’s, story in this novella – the final novella in the series. It didn’t receive a full five star rating from me because it didn’t live up to the love that I have for their novel, Beautiful Player, but it was still amazing. In this novella, Will and Hanna get married and start their lives together, and it was great to see that even after marriage, their passion for each other didn’t deter.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling ★★★★
Let me just say that I love The Office. Actually, love might be an understatement. I’m obsessed with The Office. And while I didn’t like Mindy Kaling’s character in the show, I knew Mindy Kaling is a hilarious person. I found her memoirs at Goodwill, so I picked both up and got around to reading this one during April. I loved how honest yet funny and sarcastic she was, even during parts that didn’t seem like they should be funny. I enjoyed reading this for two days, laughing at Mindy Kaling’s unique humor and seeing how her life has played out this far. It was interesting to see her life before, during, and after The Office, and even though memoirs aren’t usually my favorite, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Another World by Pat Barker ★★★
This was a book I was assigned to read for school, so I won’t say that much about it. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the late 90s and follows a WWI veteran who is dying. Simultaneously, it follows that veteran’s family member (I can’t remember if it’s his nephew or grandson) Nick and his family. The novel deals with family drama, shell shock, and how war effects generation after generation. I’ve read another novel by Pat Barker, Regeneration, and this book was a let down in comparison. While it was an easy read, it wasn’t something I’d ever read again.

Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson ★★½
I hate giving books bad ratings. I really do. I don’t enjoy the fact that I have to write about how some books are generally not good books. But in this case, this is one of those times where I had to write a bad review. I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, and while the premise of the novel seemed so intriguing, I hated it. I posted a full review, so I won’t rant on this post, but I will say that the actually storyline of the book doesn’t match the summary at all. I didn’t want to DNF this book considering I won it from Goodreads, but it was a struggle to finish it. I gave it 2.5 stars because there were some aspects I semi-enjoyed about the novel, but the cons definitely outweighed the pros for this one.

The Innocent by Ian McEwan ★★
The first book I read this month was The Innocent. Oddly, it also ended up being the lowest rated novel of the month, which I didn’t expect at all. I was assigned this book for school, and I figured I would enjoy it considering that I adored Atonement by the same author. However, I was very disappointed with this book. I couldn’t get into it at all. It followed a man named Leonard in Cold War Germany, as he worked as a spy for the Americans, spying on Russia. It was weird, that’s all I can say about it. It wasn’t thrilling or intriguing or even slightly interesting. Two stars, honestly, was a generous rating.

And that’s it! Twelve books, even though three were novellas, feels like a pretty successful number to me. Hopefully May will be even more successful, because I’ll be a college grad and have lots more free time before grad school.

See you at the end of the month!