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April Round-Up

April is almost always one of my favourite months, because the days get longer, Easter rolls around, my birthday pops up, and that means lots of chocolate and cake! This April was particularly fun because I got my first car, who’s called Boris, and he’s great!

I also managed to damage Boris within the first two weeks of having him by scraping him off another car, but generally April was a pretty good month. Given that I now have a car, I’ve had to change my routine. I no longer have commuting time for reading, and I’m starting to delve into audiobooks (a little bit), but that means that my reading speed has slowed substantially. Still, I got a few books read, including catching up with A Song of Ice and Fire, leaving me now bereft and part of the hopeless masses waiting for The Winds of Winter to make it out of George RR Martin’s brain onto the page. No harm though. There are plenty of other books out there to keep me going.


  1. A Dance With Dragons – George RR Martin
  2. When I Was Invisible – Dorothy Koomson
  3. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  4. The Judge’s Wife – Ann O’Loughlin
  5. A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard
  6. The Accidental Mother – Rowan Coleman
  7. The Lost Sister – Laura Elliot
  8. Like Other Girls – Claire Hennessy
  9. Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell
  10. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  11. The Girl Before – JP Delaney

Cover Art

Favourite Book This Month

An unexpectedly enjoyable book, Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger was an absolutely rollicking ride that I thoroughly enjoyed as I devoured it in only a day and a half. I can’t wait for the follow-up, which is out near the end of this year, to return to this Western-inspired magical cardslinging world, to see how things have changed for Kellen.

Least Favourite Book This Month

The Judge’s Wife, which I picked up only because it happened to be lying around as it belonged to my mother, was a real slog that I regret reading. Easily my least favourite book of April, I really do need to stop reading her books.

Favourite Cover This Month

Something is up with wordpress on this computer – it doesn’t like to display cover art properly. I’m going to have to come back and try to fix my cover art page on a different device. At any rate, my favourite cover this month was Spellslinger – the card motif was gorgeously executed and the bright red is wonderfully eye-catching.

Other Thoughts

I started this month off with a behemoth, but actually from then on I read quite a few short books, and so my total for April is higher than I thought it would be, at 11. Some really not great books in there, but also some that I very much enjoyed. Overall, a quarter of the way through the year, I’m on almost fifty books, which I’m quite pleased with. I’m hoping it’ll continue like this throughout the rest of the year!

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