April 2021 Rewind

 Hello, Friends.

April, glorious, April! I'm actually pretty excited that we're inching closer to the Summer. Which means, my allergies will hopefully be gone as well. It hasn't been too bad, to be honest. Last year, I got hives. This year is more normal: itchy, burning eyes, sneezing, and itchy throat. So far, so good. 

Let's break down my month: I read a total of 30 books, with a couple of re-reads because: Abby Jimenez. Audiobooks are still my saving grace, as well, Kindle Unlimited. I'm also making good use of my Libby app and have borrowed some books from the library. Unfortunately, the physical copies went unread before they expired. Sigh. Here are the books. I won't talk about them much -- just the rating:

  1. How Much of these Hills are Gold by C. Pam Zhang ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Neverseen, Keeper of the Lost Cities, #4 by Shannon Messenger ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quidlen ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. The Law of Intertia by Sophie Gonzales ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. Tex, Hell's Ankor #5 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐
  8. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  10. Gunnar, Hell's Ankor #2 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  11. Blade, Hell's Ankor #1 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  12. Anxious People by Frederik Backman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  13. I Am Legend and Other Stories by Robert Matheson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  14. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  15. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  16. Body and Soul, Vanguard Towers #3 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  17. Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  18. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  19. Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore ⭐⭐⭐
  20. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  21. Lost and Found, Vanguard Towers #2 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  22. Touch and Go, Vanguard Towers #1 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  23. The Best of Me by David Sedaris ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  24. Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  25. The Push by Ashley Audrain ⭐⭐⭐
  26. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  27. Sweet As Honey, Aster Valley#2 by Lucy Lennox ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  28. Rebel, Hell's Ankor #3 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  29. Maverick, Hell's Ankor #4 by Aiden Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  30. Watch Me by Sloane Kennedy ⭐⭐⭐

As of this writing, I've read a total of 104 books for the year. My goal was to read 150 -- which I would have to probably increase as they year goes on. 

M A Y   G O A L S

  • I always start off with 20 books for the month so I'm keeping that. 
  • Working on finishing my April TBR and hoping to read more from my 2020 Obama Reading List. 
  • Blog more. April was a slow blogging month for me. I think I kept to 2 posts a week for the last couple of weeks, so I really have to work on that. I have been commenting at least, so that's good. 
  • Be more active on Instagram. I'm the least creative person when it comes to taking pictures, so I'm unmotivated to actually take a pic on a regular basis. 
So that's been my month. I hope yours was great as well. Drop me a note if you have any questions regarding the books I read in April. 

Have a great month, y'all!


WOW what a month______(sorry I don't know your first name?) The only book I've read from your list is The Push which I loved. The author has another book coming out in 2021 - name escapes me though. Your Instagram comment made me smile as it could have be written by me. My ics are so uninspiring that I don't post often. Happy reading.
Greg said…
Wow that's awesome! I've hardly read jack lmao. Maybe I can do better this month (yeah right) :)
Rowena said…
What an awesome reading month you've had, Joy. I'm so jealous! I hope May treats you just as well.
30 books is absolutely amazing, J! Well done! ❤ do what you are comfortable with, don't put pressure on yourself, hugs ❤
30 books in a single month is an amazing accomplishment! Good luck with your May goals, Joy!
Karen said…

I wonder if I'll ever get back to that level.

I LOVE Libby and Hoopla. It's been a total game changer for me. I also liek the libro.fm app for audiobooks.

Karen @ For What It's Worth
Wow! So impressive! Love Libby and Hoopla!
Susan said…
Wow! You had a great reading month. I'm impressed. The only book I've read on your list is SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, which I loved.
Awesome April! I injured my knee, and you think it would mean I was reading/listening more...but by the end of the dsy I am wiped out.
Woah, that's a lot of books in one month and how wonderful they all MOSTLY got high ratings. I am curious about Hunter Biden's book but I don't think I'm emotionally ready for anything too hard-hitting at the moment. My April reading was a bit blah, but there was a lot of things going on in my family, so I get it...I'm just hoping May keeps picking up.

Did you review The Push - I got it from the library and I just wasn't feeling it.
Blodeuedd said…
Great month :D
My reading was a bit so and so, I felt like I read a lot, in the end I had not
You have had an amazingly successful month. That's a book a day. I wonder how many you will read this year...
Joy said…
I've been in that same position myself, Greg. Now, I'm struggling to blog. LOL. It's one thing after another. Sigh.
Joy said…
Hi, Diane. It's Joy. My name is Joy. Lol. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for her next book even if I didn't quite enjoy The Push.
Joy said…
Thanks, Wena. :) I hope you're having a great May so far.
Joy said…
Thanks, K. I hope you're having a great Summer (? not sure what season it is in Portugal. Lol.)
Joy said…
Thanks, Carole. I'm struggling with writing reviews, but I'm at least putting a good dent on my TBR.
Joy said…
Ohh I want to check out libro.fm. Do they have an extensive collection of books? I hate having to give business to Jeff Bezos. Lol.
Joy said…
Thanks, girl. Is Hoopla another library app?
Joy said…
It was a very unassuming novel! I'm kinda sad not too many people know about it.
Joy said…
Oh man. That sucks. I've been there. I've had to wear a cast for three weeks. Very uncomfortable.
Joy said…
It was soo good. I gave it 5 stars. My review will be up next week.
Joy said…
No, I haven't. I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped, unfortunately.
Joy said…
I usually read around 20-25 per month. This is definitely a very good reading month.
Joy said…
Thank you! And thank you for visiting. This month, I'm definitely trying to match my April numbers. So far, I'm on track. :)
Lindsi said…
So many books! How do you find the time? 😅

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬
You've had a great month! I usually post about 2-3 times a week, but nothing because of being out of town, so your ahead of me! Audiobooks are my savior, too! I think half of my reads are audio now. I think your pictures and stores on Instagram are very artful and pretty! I don't know what you're talking about. I suck at stories. I need to figure it out, lol! :)

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