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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?