April Monthly Wrap Up

Good morning to my wonderful book family! Happy MAY! Can you believe it? I definitely can, since it started getting really hot over in Southern California this week. ๐Ÿฅต It is….horrible. In case you couldn’t tell, I love cold weather. That’s the entire reason why my blog has such a cosy theme! You can catch me here, all summer, pretending that it isn’t so hot and hiding from the sun!

This month I managed to finish 13 books! My goodness that feels way better! That puts me at 43 books read this year, and 10 books ahead of my goal to read 100 books in 2021! I might need to raise it…. ๐Ÿ˜… Anyway, without further ado, here are the books that I finished this month! I’ve included brief thoughts and a quick bulleted points for your leisure. Hope you enjoy and get the chance to read some of my reviews from earlier in the month that you may have missed!

PS. You can check out my bookshop list that accompanies this post for easier shopping! Check it out here.

Anna K by Jenny Lee

Thoughts

Sarah (at Girl on Books) had been telling me to read this for, like, six months before I picked it up. I’m glad she was persistent, because this book was so fun! It was longer than expected, but it went by in a breeze. It was full of drama and that intoxicating first love romance. It has all the drama you wanted from Anna Karenina, but without the politics and the things that didn’t age well.

  • ๐ŸŽ‚ Coming of Age
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • ๐ŸŽฒ Plot Twists
  • ๐Ÿ’ž Young Love

Review | Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

Inferior by Angela Saini

Thoughts

Inferior took me a while to read, because it’s not the most easy read. It’s pretty dry, but the content is still really interesting. I learned a lot about the scientific history on gender differences, and how research had come across such findings in the past. It has really interesting information, but I wish it was put together in a more compelling and decisive way. I still learned a lot, though!

  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking
  • ๐Ÿ“œ History Lessons
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Inspirational
  • ๐Ÿฉบ Well Researched

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Feminism, Interrupted by Lola Olufemi

Thoughts

Feminism, Interrupted is one of my new favorite non-fiction books. It’s short and sweet, but full of incredible assessments. It is a feminist manifesto that doesn’t allow any room to leave anyone behind. Feminism includes everyone. It discusses the downfalls of feminism that doesn’t include everyone, and expands our reach for what feminism can accomplish. It is absolutely incredible. I wish I could give it to everyone I know.

  • ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Compelling
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Inspirational
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking
  • ๐Ÿฉบ Well Researched

Review | Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Thoughts

You’ve Reached Sam is such an important book. Kids (and adults!) need books that examine grief. That help us navigate through the confusing territory that is loss of a loved one. Sometimes the biggest help in moving on is hearing similar stories to our own, to not feel alone. You’ve Reached Sam builds an example of that. It was lovely.

  • ๐ŸŒฑ Character Growth
  • ๐Ÿ’” Grief and Love
  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ Magical Realism
  • ๐Ÿƒ Easy Reading

Review | Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

Thoughts

I didn’t really like this one too much. I read it with my friend Melissa on Goodreads, which was the most fun out of it! The world was confusing, and I couldn’t quite tell what Zen Cho was trying to tell me with certain aspects. I wish there was some kind of subversion in this world, but it was just another patriarchy riddled with war. I do really love Zen Cho though, so instead of focusing on how I didn’t like this one, I’ll redirect you to how excited I am about Black Water Sister!!!!

  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • ๐Ÿคฃ Funny
  • โฑ๏ธ Fast Paced
  • ๐Ÿ›ธ Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

The Wolf of Oren Yaro by K.S. Villoso

Thoughts

I had had this book on my list for quite some time, but I actually picked up The Wolf of Oren Yaro when I did because Kay Villoso received a racist review from a Locus writer. So naturally I had to support Villoso and read this ASAP. Turns out this book is incredible. The characters are so human, full of strengths and flaws. It was absolutely stunning.

  • ๐Ÿ“š First in Series
  • ๐ŸŽฒ Plot Twists
  • ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Political Fiction
  • ๐Ÿ† Strong Female Lead

Review | Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Thoughts

A Pho Love Story was so cute! I was screaming the entire time with how cute it was! I actually got butterflies! Plus the Vietnamese representation was more than I’ve ever seen, and it made me so so happy. I wish for so many more books like this. I am incredibly happy this book exists. Thank you Loan Le.

  • ๐Ÿ’ž Young Love
  • ๐Ÿœ Food Focused
  • ๐Ÿƒ Easy Reading
  • ๐ŸŒณ Family Focused

Review | Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Thoughts

Clap When You Land was a spontaneous book read, because Sarah was reading it (typical, I know). I was in desperate need of an audiobook to listen to while walking the dog. I ended up flying through this. It’s pretty short, but the prose is absolutely stunning. Listening to the audiobook felt like I was at a spoken word event, not avoiding large gatherings. It was absolutely beautiful!

  • ๐Ÿ’” Grief and Love
  • ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ Novel in verse
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Inspired
  • ๐ŸŒณ Family Focused

Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Thoughts

Another spontaneous audiobook! I finished Clap When You Land so fast that I needed another immediately. This book had my heart and soul clenched the entire time. It was spooky, but real at the same time. It was beautifully done, and I was really impressed finding out who the real monster was in the end! I’m very impressed with this one.

  • ๐ŸŽข Thriller
  • ๐Ÿ’” Grief and Love
  • ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Multiple POV
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking

Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Thoughts

I just finished this one yesterday, but it was so good! It comes out on Tuesday and I highly recommend everyone checks it out. This is a wonderfully anti-capitalist tale with kickass, ride or die friendships. I was absolutely heart broken and felt the revolution rising up in me while reading this. Non-romantic friendships are absolutely just as important to be depicted in books, but its so hard to find that. I absolutely applaud this one! Review coming soon!

  • ๐Ÿ›ธ Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • ๐Ÿ“– Couldn’t Put It Down
  • ๐Ÿ’ฅ Dramatic Ending
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking

Goodreads Amazon Bookshop.org

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

Thoughts

Another Southeast Asian book that made my heart sing. I can’t even believe we’re finally at a time where we’re able to read books where the characters speak Vietnamese! And I can see that!? I feel touched that I can see that rep now. I loved the relationships with the family that both the main characters had, it was just such a delightfully cute book!

  • ๐Ÿ’• Rom Com
  • ๐ŸŒณ Family Focused
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • โœ’๏ธ Debut Author

Review | Goodreads Amazon | Bookshop.org

The Language of the Flowers by K. Pigeon

Thoughts

The author of this book reached out to me to read her book, and she is the sweetest! I absolutely loved to support this Asian-Canadian author with her book that sprinkles Chinese culture throughout? Sign me up! This book had me guessing the entire time, and I couldn’t manage to guess what would come next. I was on my toes the whole time! Review coming soon!

  • ๐Ÿ’• Rom Com
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • ๐Ÿ›ธ Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • ๐ŸŒผ Self Discovery

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Book stats?

Looks like I read a pretty wide range of books this month! And 4,595 pages?! That seems like so much! I definitely had a lot of fun with my reading this month. I’m in a bit of a book bliss. Thank goodness for Storygraph, the stats feature is honestly just so cool! I love being able to see a summary of my reading at the end of every month.


Bookish Brews Posts & Updates

I also shared some fun posts this month that I wanted to share again! Plus some updates that aren’t on those posts! Check them out:

  • A list of diverse themed book recommendations! Check out a bunch of different book recommendations based on what you are looking for. It was so much fun to put together!
  • My monthly list of new diverse book releases! Check out some May 2021 book releases that I’m really excited about.
  • This month I launched my social media presence for Bookish Brews and it has been so fun! Check out my Social Media Launch Post, and you can see how much we have grown this month! Make sure to follow me everywhere, I’d absolutely love to see you on other platforms! Another thing that isn’t on that post, but I also created a Tumblr this week!!!! (It’s still under construction, but I’d still love to see you there!)

Craving a little more?

Check out my bookshop April 2021 Reads list to find a list of all of these books so it is easier to browse! You can be on the look out for some of these reviews coming soon! I’m a little backed up on reviews, because I’ve just been so excited to jump to the next book! I guess that is a bad habit when you have a book blog, but I’ll post them soon!

Have you read any of these books? Is there any reviews that you are looking forward to from this list? Did you manage to read a lot this month? What was your favorite April read?


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Check out this list of incredible books from Bookish Brews in this April Wrap Up post!