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What I Read in April 2021

May 6, 2021
What I Read in April Feature Photo: A stack of books resting on a chunky grey knitted blanket.

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I’d like to say that April turned out to be a good reading month for me. I didn’t read a huge amount, but similar to March; I certainly found a couple of new favourites that I’m sure will stay with me for a while. Especially since one of the books I read this month, I’m already dying to read again. 

As I mentioned in my last Little Moments post, April was a big month for me workwise, and it was a busy and full-on month for sure. I’m actually surprised that I got to read as much as I did, but it’s worked out in the end, though I do think the Bank Holiday at the start of the month helped!

Anyway, onto April’s reading wrap up, and I decided to do it slightly different to normal. Instead of writing mini-reviews and focusing on every book I read, instead, I want to feature and focus solely on the books I loved the most and connected with. 

Books I Read in April

Although I’m not focusing on all books that I read in April, they did include Moonstruck Volume Two: Some Enchanting Evening, The Sad Ghost Club, The Girl Who Reads on The Metro and Zed and the Cormorants. I also took part in the Book Tour for Zed and the Cormorants, where I created a new bookish bake

Favourite Books I Read in April

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

I read The House in the Cerulean Sea during the Ban Holiday Weekend and couldn’t put it down at all! I initially bought this due to seeing it all over Bookstagram and was intrigued, especially wondering if it would live up to the hype. But it did, and the only way I can think to describe this book is that it is a hug in book form and the story incredibly wholesome. 

The main story follows Linus Baker, a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s done his job for seventeen years, visiting orphanages for magical youth and accessing them and whether they are fit to stay open. It’s a job. That is until he is sent to inspect an orphanage like no other and is sent to The House in the Cerulean Sea, where he meets Arthur, Chauncey, Sal, Talia, Theodore, Phee and Lucie. I cannot wait to pick this book up again. 

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C Yee

I started watching Avatar The Last Airbender for the first time last year – I know I was pretty late to the party. But I loved it; it was the perfect show to watch on my lunch breaks at work or an evening when I got in, and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and sleep, especially after an eleven-hour shift. I still haven’t watched The Legend of Korra, but when I found out there was a book about Kyoshi – I knew I had to pick this up first. 

I got my copy of this from my friend Sally for my birthday in January, and I’m gutted it took me this long to pick it up. Kyoshi was an avatar from the show that I was really intrigued by, especially when she appeared in one of the episodes concerning Avatar Day. However, going to this book was entirely unexpected to what I had imagined. It enforced the idea that every Avatar’s journey and training is entirely different and unique to them, and Kyoshi’s was one that I adored. 

Daphne and Velma The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby

I’ve always loved Scooby-Doo. I remember on an evening coming in from school and sitting down on the sofa to watch an episode or on a Saturday morning before my parents would get up. And, I still love it now, so when I found out, there was a book I was really exciting. 

Daphne and Velma is an alternative take on the Scooby gang and set a bit before they all get together too. Set in the town of Crystal Cove, The Vanishing girl focuses on Daphne and Velma as teenagers and estranged friends, brought back together when Daphne’s friend Macy disappears. Although it’s not a whole Mystery Inc mystery, we do get to see Fred, Shaggy and Scooby appear.

I buddy read this with my friend Layla. It was really lovely to reconnect with characters that we were both already familiar with, experience some nostalgia, and figure out a new mystery ourselves. We did guess it, but it was still such a fun read, and I can’t wait to pick up The Dark Deception, and buddy read the second instalment with Layla in May.  

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

At the end of last year, I started reading the Percy Jackson series for the first time. I’d never read the books before or even tried them, and my only knowledge was based on watching the first film – though I now understand why everyone says they’re terrible. 

I’m kind of gutted now reading these books because I didn’t get to read them when I was younger, and I am sure that I would have loved them so much. But on the other hand, I love that I get to experience them now, and this instalment was no different. I’m really enjoying the story arc and am curious to see how it concludes – I’m surprised I haven’t been spoiled just yet. 

So far, while reading this series, I think my favourite characters are Annabeth, Grover and Tyson. Of course, I do like Percy since he is the main character, but if you know me, you’ll be aware that I prefer side characters to main characters more often than not.

Have you read any of these? What was your favourite book you read in April?

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30 Comments

  • Reply Lindsey May 6, 2021 at 6:23 am

    I haven’t read any of these, although I’ve been hearing SO much about The House in the Cerulean Sea and everyone is raving about it so much that I’m definitely going to have to pick it up asap. Finding books you love is definitely more important than reading more!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:17 am

      The House in the Cerulean Sea is really worth the hype – it’s just a book you can fall into so easily and really enjoy – it’s like a hug in book form!

  • Reply Aoife May 6, 2021 at 6:44 am

    I hear about The House In the Cerulean Sea CONSTANTLY. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it.

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

      It’s one of the few books that are really worth the hype so I highly recommend it! It’s such a wonderful book!

  • Reply Alice Myles May 6, 2021 at 6:51 am

    Ahhh so glad you loved the house in the cerulean sea!! Isn’t it just THE LOVELIEST! I totally agree that its so deserving of all it’s hype! I read it back in January and its still one of my favourite reads of the year!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

      It really is! Genuinely one of the most lovely books that you can enjoy! I think it will be one of my favourite reads of the year too as well!

  • Reply Della Driscoll May 6, 2021 at 6:57 am

    A great selection here! I used to love Scooby doo as well so the Daphne and Velma book sounds ace. Fab post xx

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Thank you so much! Honestly I was so happy with all of these books and had a wonderful time reading them. If you liked Scooby Doo when you were a kid then the Daphne and Velma book brings so much nostalgia!

  • Reply Cristina Rosano May 6, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I have seen The House in the cerulean sea on one of your previous posts and all over Instagram too so I really need to get my hands on it, it sounds like a great read! Must admit that I never read Percy Jackson even if I love stories with mythology references, I never jumped on the wagon when I was younger for some reason but there’s time now! Thanks for sharing x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:22 am

      You really need too! Honestly it’s one of those few books that truly does live up to the hype and just a wonderful read that you can fall into! I would say definitely try Percy Jackson now, I only tried it for the first time as an adult but it’s thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Reply Kelly May 6, 2021 at 10:14 am

    You’ve managed to read so many books in April, that’s such good going. I’m going to start my first book of May today and I can’t wait to snuggle down with a blanket, my book and a cup of tea!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Sounds lovely! there is always something special about the first book of the month I think and being able to get cosy and really enjoy it.

  • Reply Ira May 6, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Another great post! Love especially the idea of nostalgic go to vibe reading the Daphne and Velma The Vanishing Girl. I had been reading some crime psychological series by T.Y. Hutchinson. Russian Hill and The Suitcase Girl are few of them . Might add The Rise of Kyoshi onto my list soon! Thank you for sharing this xx

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:26 am

      Thank you for reading! The Rise of Kyoshi is brilliant so I do hope you get to add it to your list!

  • Reply Charley Allison May 6, 2021 at 10:44 am

    These books all sound so good! I’ve never read the Percy Jackson series but I’ve always wanted to give it a go – I might have to purchase them at some point. The House in the Cerulean Sea sounds like it’ll be right up my street so I’ll definitely be buying it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:28 am

      I would definitely say give it a go – if you’re in the UK the works does the boxset for about a tenner so it was a really good deal. The House in the Cerulean Sea is honestly such a wonderful book – I can’t stop recommending it.

  • Reply Rosie Ireland May 6, 2021 at 11:47 am

    oh wow a real mix this month. I love the sound of Daphne and Velma – I used to looove Scooby doo as a kid

    Rosie

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:29 am

      I still love Scooby Doo now if I’m honest and the Daphne and Velma book brought on so much nostalgia it was wonderful!

  • Reply Kayleigh Zara May 6, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    I had so much love for reading Percy Jackson when I was growing up the books are incredible! I’ve not read anything else off the list but I know I’d love them all x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:30 am

      I completely agree! The Percy Jackson books are incredible and I’m so happy that I finally picked them up!

  • Reply Kelly Diane May 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    I love that you’ve read such a mix of books. I wish I’d read the Perry Jackson books when I was younger too.

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Thank you! Honestly, it was such a great mix this month.

  • Reply Jenny in Neverland May 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

    I haven’t read any of these but thanks for sharing your April recommendations and reads! I had a bit of a re-read month in April so ended up re-read some old favourites. I also started Dear Edward which I finished a couple of days ago and it was just beautiful!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Oh I love rereads and a re-read month sounds fantastic! I’ve not read Dear Edward but heard good things!

  • Reply Lynn May 9, 2021 at 1:11 am

    OMG! Daphne and Velma The Vanishing Girl sounds amazing! I love Scooby-Doo and it would be so nostalgic. Glad you found some favs xx

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:41 am

      The Vanishing Girl really was amazing! I can certainly see myself returning to it in the future.

  • Reply Elle May 10, 2021 at 8:29 am

    I haven’t read any of these but they sound amazing. I’ll certainly be added these to my list! Thank you for sharing Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

    • Reply @cupofwonderland May 30, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Thank you for reading!

  • Reply Cora @ TeaPartyPrincess June 8, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I have read… None of these!
    Daphne and Velma: The Vanishing Girl sounds like great fun.
    Cora | https://teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Reply @cupofwonderland June 12, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      OMG Cora I think you’d love the Daphne and Velma books for sure!

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