Monthly Reading Wrap Ups, Reading Updates

Reading Wrap Up – April 2023

Very belated but here is my wrap up for April. I participated in Realmathon on Team Ilma (and we won!) and had my best reading month of the year so far. I read 12 books overall.

Reading Stats

  • Books Read: 12
  • Pages Read: 3,607
  • Average Rating: 3.67
    • 5 stars – 3
    • 4 stars – 4
    • 3 stars – 3
    • 2 stars – 2
  • Genre Breakdown:
    • Science Fiction – 7
    • Thriller – 1
    • Dystopian – 1
    • Contemporary – 1
    • Biography – 1
    • Fantasy – 1
  • Book Format:
    • Graphic Novel – 7
    • Novel – 5
  • Reading Format:
    • Physical Books – 12

The Books

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

5 stars

I started off the month with Dark Matter and loved it. I had read Recursion and Upgrade by Crouch previously and gave both 4 stars but this one was definitely my favorite. It was fun and fast-paced and a great way to start the readathon.

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4 stars

Then I finished the Aurora Cycle trilogy with Aurora’s End. This series was hit and miss for me but the conclusion was satisfying and I’m glad I finished it out. The first book was definitely the best.

Docile by K.M. Szpara

5 stars

Then I read Docile. This was not what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it. I was the ending had been better, it took a turn I didn’t love. But still 5 stars and I’d highly recommend it if you want a mind-bending dystopian and don’t have any triggers.

Check Please Volume 2 by Ngozi Ukazu

2 stars

Then I read the second volume of Check Please. I’m a little bewildered by the love for this series. Some of the scenes are cute but others are pretty vulgar. This one had less frat boy nonsense but the plot in the first half jumped around so much it was pretty nonsensical. The end wasn’t bad but the whole thing was such a time jumping whirlwind that I didn’t care.

Run by John Lewis

4 stars

Then I read Run. I read the full March series during Realmathon last year and someone suggested this one. I enjoyed it, another informative and quick read.

Paper Girls Volume 1 to 5 by Brian K Vaughan

  • Volume 1 – 2 stars
  • Volume 2 – 3 stars
  • Volume 3 – 3 stars
  • Volume 4 – 4 stars
  • Volume 5 – 3 stars

Then I read five volumes of Paper Girls. The first one was crazy weird and I would have stopped reading if I hadn’t heard it got better. The other volumes were fun, I liked some more than others. I have one left and plan to finish the series in May.

A Door in the Dark by Scott Reintgen

4 stars

This book was an interesting idea and had some cool stuff but I was left with a lot of questions at the end. It squeaked out 4 stars on CAWPILE at the time but I honestly don’t remember much, it was a low 4 stars.

The Martian by Andy Weir

5 stars

My third time reading The Martian and I still adore it. More and more I’m convinced this is my favorite book of all time.

May Plans

Well, it’s 2/3 of the way through May but whatever, here’s the plan.

23 Books for 2023

I’m up to 8 books read off my 23 books for 2023 so actually ahead of schedule! For the graphic below, green means I read all of the books, yellow means there are more books I plan to read, and read means I have DNF’d the series. I’m planning on reading Lessons in Chemistry in May, not sure if I’ll get to any others.

r/Fantasy Bingo

I started r/Fantasy Bingo in April. You can see my full TBR here. Starting to track that here as well. I only checked off one space but it’s better than none!

Planned Reads

A little cheating since it’s already the 21st but here’s a preview of what I’ve read and am thinking of reading for the rest of May.

Happy Reading!

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