April Wrap-Up

What can I say about April? All the days are kind of blurring together, aren’t they? Thankfully the weather has been quite glorious for most of the month so we were able to spend a lot of time outside in the garden. With wine. Really can’t complain 😉.

Now if you think I’d be spending all that lovely time in the sunshine reading, you’d be awfully wrong. It’s not that I didn’t take a book outside with me. It’s just that it barely left the table. Watching and enjoying nature, listening to the birds … it all seemed way more fun than reading.

Let’s see what did make it off the shelves this month, shall we?


Yep, you’re seeing that right. Ten. A grand total of 10. It’s better than nothing, I guess, but I am beginning to wonder if my inner bookworm / reading addict will ever return. 😅. Four outstanding books on that list though. Feel free to guess which ones they are. (Still no prizes for getting it right, Kelly. 😜)

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed Hamnet is missing from that list. The reason for that is simple : I still haven’t finished it. 🙄


Set at a boarding school, which is one of my favourite settings, Good Girls Lie was a book I was really looking forward to. I enjoyed it for the most part but overall, it left me somewhat disappointed.


Look familiar? 😂


Oh dear. Even the book buying is going downhill. 😳


I gave up on Grey’s, which in my most humble opinion, went completely downhill once McSteamy left. One of the reasons he left though, was to work on The Last Ship so naturally that was next on my list. Really enjoying it too.


The Henning Juul series by Thomas Enger
The Aidan Waits series by Joseph Knox
The Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir
The Roy and Castells series by Johana Gustawsson
Step Back In Time : a list of historical fiction recommendations

Extract | The Silken Rose by Carol McGrath
Review | The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis
Review | I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Extract | Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl
Review | The Murder Game by Rachel Abbott
Review | Strangers by C.L. Taylor


Apart from a few blog tours, your guess is as good as mine. I had been meaning to work on some more lists of recommendations but well, we’ll see. Let’s just say, I have nothing prepared as of yet.

May 15 : Blog tour | Review | Killing Mind by Angela Marsons

May 21 : Blog tour | Review | He Started It by Samantha Downing

May 26 : Blog tour | Review | I Made A Mistake by Jane Corry

And there you have it. A most fascinating look at April. You’re welcome.

Until next time! xx

  37 comments for “April Wrap-Up

  1. May 3, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Well ten is fantastic and definitely better than my paltry amount. I reckon that one of your top books is Once Upon a River, but only because you mentioned it a couple of weeks ago! 😉

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  2. May 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I think 10 books is a great amount 😀 😀 But then I’m a slow reader! I love the variety.

    I hope you are enjoying Hamnet?

    I just finished Rose Gold yesterday.

    Happy reading!

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    • May 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I am enjoying Hamnet. It’s just that I always seem to find something else to do than read. My brain can’t seem to settle on books.

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      • May 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm

        I have been going through periods of reading and then the same were I can’t settle into a good book like I usually can. It’s just all a bit unsettling at the moment. I hope you’re keeping well x

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  3. May 3, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Yeah that GIF made me forget pretty much everything that came before 😂 What were you talking about? Books! Right! Well I have prior knowledge so it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to guess, would it. Also why bother if there are no prizes 😂 I listened to Good Girls Lie in March and I felt the same way.

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    • May 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      I know the feeling. I stumbled across another one while looking for that one that pretty much short-circuited my brain. 😳😂

      You know all four books?!

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      • May 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm

        I know Magpie Lane and Once Upon a River are definitely on the list. I also know you really enjoyed The Murder Game, so that would be my third guess. And scratching those I know you didn’t like, my 4th educated guess would be Harlan Coben.

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  4. May 3, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Ooo I had pretty high expectations for Good Girls Lie, maybe not on top of my list now anymore. I really hope You Are Not Alone was a top read.. they’re one of my fav authors and have not disappointed me yet.

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    • May 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      I read You Are Not Alone with Janel. She really liked it. I didn’t. It fell flat for me but many of their books have done that for me so I just think they’re not for me.

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      • May 3, 2020 at 4:31 pm

        I bought the paperback especially because of the authors and because I don’t have their others books in paperback and wished I had them. I’ll just think Janel’s right this time then 😉

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  5. May 3, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I haven’t heard of The last ship, but I will be looking it up. 😊

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  6. May 3, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    I think your April was pretty good compared to mine. Even audios aren’t working 😫 Hey ho, it is what it is. I’m hanging in there 😉

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    • May 5, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Oh, dear. That IS bad! Nothing else to do but hang in there. Things will get better! 😘

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      • May 5, 2020 at 11:17 am

        Thanks 😘I think I *might* be coming out the other side 🤞🏼🤞🏼


  7. May 3, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Ten books is great! Especially with our bruised brains!! xx

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    • May 5, 2020 at 10:32 am

      I’m not really sure I can use the bruised brain excuse. It’s never really all that high functioning anyway 😂


  8. May 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Well done Missus. 10 books is fabulous. Any reading is a bonus at the moment!

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  9. May 3, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Ten books is amazing!! Compared to me who’s currently stuck in reading slump(T_T)

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  10. May 3, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Ten books is great! I’m looking forward to reading Our Little Cruelties although my reading mojo has took a hit so when I’ll get around to it is anyone’s guess 🙄

    And hello McSteamy! 😍
    I do love that gif but the other one is 🔥😂

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  11. May 3, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Ten books is great. So glad Once Upon A River was one of your standout reads as I loved it too.

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    • May 5, 2020 at 10:33 am

      So beautiful. I should get her previous one. Have you read that one?


      • May 5, 2020 at 11:01 am

        Of the two previous ones she’s written, I’ve only read The Thirteenth Tale. I enjoyed it but I didn’t think it was as good as Once Upon A River.

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  12. May 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    10 books is great! That’s one more than me and I am not in a reading funk LOL
    Hopefully May will be the month it all turns around! xx

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  13. May 3, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Shocked that you shared that gif 🤣😆 10 is still good and you are still ahead of me! X

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  14. Yvo
    May 3, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Ten books is great, especially if you haven’t been feeling like reading! I’m lucky to still have that reading mojo I guess, although the blogging and social media mojo is currently hiding in an unknown location. xD Here’s to May treating us better! xx

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    • May 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Oh, the blogging. Sigh. The reviewing, more than anything, is feeling like such a chore.

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      • Yvo
        May 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        I know right? I’m writing mainly shorties right now and even those take way longer than usual. xD

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  15. May 4, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Hamnet – enjoy it! It is my favorite book of 2020 so far (but I have my doubts that any other book will top it this year)!

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  16. May 4, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I’m salivating over that new Liz Nugent book, Eva! Enjoy everything💜

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