Hoarders [9]: Second Half of April Book Haul


 The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone| The Roommate by Rosie Danan | Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston | Second First Impression by Sally Thorne | Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino | In Deeper Waters by FT Lukens | She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quidlen | Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez | Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden | From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout | The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch The Rose Code by Kate Quinn 

Hello, friends. 

I hope April brought you a ton of good reads. I, on the other hand, completely ignored my planned TBR and went rogue. Lol. I think I read two from my TBR, so it's going to be a repeat TBR in May. This is why setting a schedule doesn't work. Sigh. Anyway, I'll talk more about that on my April rewind. 

For now, this post is about the last few books I picked up in the month of April. I've read a few of these already, so that's a yay! However, I have not reviewed any of them. I've tried my hardest not to buy this month, but I'm a weakling, yanno? Every week, there's always a book I wanted to pick up so here we are. Let me talk about the ones I've read already:

  1. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. This was a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read for me. So much information to digest. This is about a husband and wife who were decoders in WWII but focuses more on Elizabeth Smith because she was the brain in this operation. Through all her successes in decoding enemy messages for the allies, she still had to battle sexism due to her gender. Nothing new, of course. 
  2. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino. I believe I've talked about this already. This book warrants a re-read because it's a treasure trove of nuggets of knowledge and philosophy that will make you think and rethink the stances with a variety of social issues. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quidlen. This was so much fun. It's an enemies to lovers, fake dating, sapphic romance. I love Irene's sarcasm, drive, and take no prisoners attitude -- especially when directed to Scottie, her nemesis. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden. Man, this book. Probably one of the best memoirs I've read this year. And I've read a few. "Where's Hunter?" is the rallying cry of the Right during the recent election cycle. Well, Hunter Biden will answer this question. I loved this stark reminder that regardless of your stature in life, addiction is the Glenn Close in this fatal attraction. It's hard to shake off especially if you're flushed with wealth. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez I read this back to back because OMG. This series owns me. Abby Jimenez is knows the way to my heart. Instant favourite! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Have you read any of these?


Comments

  1. I think I'm in the minority on Abby Jimenez books. The first book pissed me off so much that I haven't been able to pick anything else up. I'm glad that you're enjoying the books you're reading though, that's awesome!

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    1. Oh man. That's too bad. I absolutely loved her books! My favourite is definitely the second book.

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  2. Your books looks so pretty too! Also, I want to read the Hunter one

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    1. Lol. Thank you! I hope you'll be able to borrow it from the library. I loved it. :)

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  3. It can be hard to stick to a schedule especially if your mood doesn't match your planned read. I'm curious about the Sally Thorne. Loved The Hating Game, but her second book not so much. Good luck with your reading plans this month!

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    1. Exactly! I don't know why I keep trying. Lol. Also, why do I buy books and leave them unread? So rude. Lol.

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  4. A nice mix of books! I love those colorful covers too. :) In Deeper Waters looks like fun.

    I always wing it with my TBR, schedules never work for me ha.

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    1. It does! Hoping I can fit it in on my very cramped TBR. Sigh.

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  5. I love how varied your reading is! I don't read a lot of memoirs but Hunter Biden's would be interesting. I need to get to the Abby Jimenez books very soon!

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    1. Yes, do! Abby Jimenez writes the best contemporary romance imo. :) And thank you! I try to have a wide expanse of reading subjects.

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  6. I suck with scheduled reads! Rogue reading all the way 😂 glad your reads had such high ratings, J.!

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    1. I don't know why I keep trying. Sigh. Lol.

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  7. I do want to read Beautiful Things but probably not for a bit - I think I'm a bit too emotionally drained at the moment with real life grief. I'm glad you loved it though. In Deeper Waters is on my wish list too.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that you're dealing with some heavy stuff, Lauren. I hope you'll feel better soon. *hugs*

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  8. You've got a nice mix of books. Some of the authors are new to me.

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