I realized halfway through April that I didn’t post a March wrap up, so I decided to combine them into one post and talk about the books I read in both March and April, since there weren’t that many. I think in total, there were maybe six in March and four in April, though some were left over from the previous month.
I finished a couple of books in March that I had started in February, which were Battle Angel Alita and Radio Silence. I had watched the movie, Alita Battle Angel, in February that was adapted from the manga series, and that was what sparked my interest in the series. So I decided to pick up the first volume, and absolutely loved it. It wasn’t exactly the same as the movie, but then again, I wouldn’t have expected it to be.
I listened to Radio Silence on audiobook, and I really enjoyed it. Especially the audiobook, since the book follows two characters who make a podcast together. But the story itself is one that hits close to home because of what it is about, and that is mental illness and struggling to live up to expectations while also finding your own path in life.
I also read The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. I kind of picked this one up on a whim, mainly because I was in the mood for a fantasy book at the time, especially after listening to Radio Silence. I actually did a review on this book, so I won’t go too much into what I thought about it, other than the fact that I bought the second book in the series. I think all you really need to know is that it’s about a girl that can go back and forth in time. There is magic and mischief and gangs. It’s definitely worth the read.
After finishing that book, which took me a bit longer than I was expecting since it’s so long, I decided to pick up Angie Thomas’ recent release, On The Come Up, which I not only listened to on audiobook, but also read along in the physical book. This is another book I did a review on. And I absolutely recommend reading this one. It hit me in all the feels. I loved it so much. I would definitely recommend listening to it on audio; for some reason listening to it made the story all the more impactful. If you liked Thomas’ debut, you will no doubt like this one. Two words: female rapper. Fantastic.
I read the next couple volumes of One Piece, which I’m not going to go too much into, other than the fact that they continue Luffy’s adventures in finding One Piece. He gets into all kinds of shenanigans as always.
I listened to a lot of audiobooks in April, now that I’m looking back on it. I listened to Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch and The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis, both of which I didn’t finish in March. I also listened to Vicious by V.E. Schwab, which was a reread for me. I really need to get to the sequel to it, Vengeful. I was on a V.E. Schwab kick for some reason, and also listened tp The Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, which was the last book in the Shades of Magic series.
I technically didn’t finish The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith in April, but I was pretty close to finishing it. It was the first book I finished in May. And man, did it hit me in the feels. It was definitely an impactful story that unfortunately is one that isn’t necessarily that uncommon. It deals with rape, so there is definitely a trigger warning for that, as well as substance abuse.
Those were the books that I read in both March and April. I know it’s late, but I just wanted to get this posted so I could feel at least a bit more up-to-date. And while we’re already almost halfway through May (which is crazy to think about), I should be posting my May TBR soon.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them!