April Wrap-Up

April: the one where I tried to read all the results of March Madness, and then some…

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So throughout March, I ran a March Madness bracket for my followers to choose my April TBR. Of course, all the careful planning for that (and there was a pedantic LOT) took place before I realised I’d be reading Rule of Wolves as soon as it came out, so I was running up a steep April TBR from the get go… But I digress. I’ve blogged my thoughts on Rule of Wolves as part of my Grishaverse Gush series, so you can check them out here!

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Stepping out of the Grishaverse for the first time since February, I started my March Madness Winners read with Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I’ve had this on my backlist since 2018, and I’m blogging a gush of it soon, so all I’ll say for now is: I am SO mad at myself for taking so long to read it!

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I took a palette cleanser between contemporary YA romances with the Classics March Madness Winner: Northanger Abbey. This one was surprisingly beloved over on Instagram, and I do understand how, now (though I still think no other Austen beats Pride and Prejudice). What strikes me most, with every Austen read/reread, is how every character still applies to modern day. Who hasn’t known a bragging idiot like John Thorpe, who makes me shake my head just to think of him? Who hasn’t had a toxic female friend like Isabella? And who hasn’t had their imagination run away, just like Catherine’s? Thankfully I’ve managed to catch my thoughts before they convince me my future father-in-law is a murderer, but Catherine’s wild theories still feel vaguely relatable…

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After Northanger, I returned to that contemporary YA romance with a breakout hit I’ve been wanting to read for a year: You Should See Me in a Crown. I think everything’s been said and exhausted with how beloved this one is, so I’ll just add that Liz and Mack are adorable and have that be that.

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And finally, with seconds to spare left of my April TBR, I’ve started the March Madness Fantasy winner, Chain of Iron! This is up there with Rule of Wolves as my two most anticipated books of the year, so I’ve got high hopes for this in May…

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And that was my bookish April! Throughout May, I’ll finish my March Madness winners–but it doesn’t end there. So many contenders had so much love, I decided to gives some time to the runners up, too: I’ll be reading the closest/most rooted for March Madness near winners!

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How was your reading April–and what’s your bookish May looking like?

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