It’s been a while since I wrote a book post, my last one being What I Read in December and January, but they’re actually some of my fave posts to write! So, I’m glad to be back with an April reading log to talk about what I read this month. If you’d like to see what books I’m reading throughout the month, you can follow my Instagram to check out my stories. So, without further ado, here’s the books I’ve read throughout April and what I rated them.
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A Good Girls Guide to Murder* – 2.5 stars
I expected to love this book as I love a good murder mystery and I’ve heard such good things about it. I think I originally rated it 3 stars as I wanted to be generous, but looking back it’s definitely a 2.5. I found myself forcing myself to push through this book when I just didn’t want to be reading it anymore.
The writing was so basic. I liked the premise and, had the idea been executed in a more interesting way, it could’ve been a promising book. I simply just didn’t care who the killer was and was just reading for the sake of it. However, I’ve heard so many people say the book is amazing so other people may enjoy more than I did!
One good thing is that I was shocked at who the killer was and I genuinely had no idea who it could’ve been throughout. It wasn’t an easy mystery to solve so it does keep you on your toes in that sense. I’d recommend this book if you’re into Young Adult (YA) mystery novels but I wouldn’t personally recommend for older readers.
Verity* – 5 stars
This book was just as good as it was promised to be. I’ve read 3 books by Colleen Hoover so far (It Ends With Us*, Verity, and Ugly Love*) and I adored all three. Colleen has a beautiful writing style that easily captures the reader, making each book a page-turner.
Verity is about a novel writer who’s asked to move into a mansion with a man and his paralysed wife, Verity. She became paralysed after a car accident that occurred shortly after their two children died (in separate instances).
The writer is asked to take over Verity’s book series but, in order to do that, she must move in with Verity and her husband for a while to read through Verity’s transcripts and see what the book series is all about. However, what she finds in the transcripts is shocking to say the least. I’d 100% recommend this thriller if you like something a little more scary that keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold* – 3.5 stars
This is the shortest out of the books included in my April reading log. This is a cute little book about a cafe that allows you to travel back in time to see someone from the past, as long as they’ve previously visited the cafe. For example, a husband could visit his late wife to have one last conversation with her.
However, the most important rule is that you must finish the conversation and coffee before it gets cold. If you don’t, something bad happens (I don’t want to spoil and say what it is so I’ll keep that a secret!) This novel was short and sweet, with some lovely scenes that hold many life lessons for us all.
3.5 stars seems accurate for me because, although it’s a sweet book, it wasn’t life-changing. I feel that a lot more could’ve been done to delve deeper with such an interesting concept. I also found some parts a little repetitive, but that could be as it’s translated to English from Japanese. Overall, I would recommend this book as a short, easy read that will leave you smiling one minute and tearing up the next.
The Unhoneymooners* – 1 star
I’m also half way through The Unhoneymooners (I’m on page 151) and really debating DNF’ing. I’ve actually never dnf’d a book as I love to know that I’ve finished the whole book to give it a fair rating, even if I hate it. This is my least favourite book throughout my April reading log..
However, this novel is so beyond boring I don’t know if I can finish it. It’s the most cliche, simple romance book I’ve read to date. No hate to Christina Lauren as I loved Love and Other Words* (5 stars), but this one just isn’t it for me.
I know so many people on TikTok adore this book so maybe it’s just me (I am in a slight book slump) and you may love it if you decide to read. I just feel that so many more complex and interesting romance books have come out in the past year and I now like them to have a little more substance than the same basic grumpy x sunshine trope.
So, there we have it! Those are the three (and a half) books I read throughout April. I hope you enjoyed my April reading log. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know down in the comments! <3