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April 2022 Wrap-Up

April: a month of March Madness winners!

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In case you missed it, I ran a March Madness bracket last month (check out the results here!) for my followers to decide my April TBR. So I went into April fully aware of my TBR–but not of how much battling COVID in the last days of March would render me such a zombie for the majority of April. I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d have liked, but I powered on as best as I could.

Starting with the March Madness Fantasy category winner, Throne of Glass! Is there a book in the YA fantasy world surrounded by as much hype as this one? Not one I hadn’t already read, I don’t think–which is probably why I procrastinated so much about reading it. Well, procrastination no more: thanks to March Madness, it’s officially moved from TBR to just R!

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After such intense fantasy, still suffering from brain fog, I moved onto the Romance winner, figuring it’d be a nice easy read. I feel like The Road Trip has fallen prey to the same marketing as Beach Read (as discussed here!), in that it’s pushed as a fluffy romcom but is actually much darker. That’s not to say anything against fluffy romcoms (which I love), or against Beach Read or The Road Trip (both of which I also loved). Just that it wasn’t what I was expecting–and going in without a trigger warning made it a much slower read, relying on my headspace to improve to finish it. It was worth it! I just could’ve done with the warning.

(TW: attempted rape)

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After that, I moved on to the Backlist March Madness winner, years in the wings waiting to be read: Wonder Woman: Warbringer! I was starting to feel in a reading slump for sure (more to do with me than with the books I’ve been reading), but this one pulled me right out. Great characters, fun banter, speedy storyline–for the first time in ages, I actually lost time reading. Hallelujah! (But come on, it’s Leigh Bardugo. I should’ve known.)

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And finally, as I write this, I’m moving on to Red Queen! It’s the last March Madness winner, and for a competition that was supposed to plan my April TBR, I don’t have long left in April to read it… Starting it in April counts enough, right?

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And that was my reading April! I’ve got a very fun theme planned for my May TBR, but more on that soon…

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How was your reading April?

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  1. I’ve been curious about Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman book but wasn’t sure if it was worth the read. I’m so glad you liked it!

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  2. Starting in April definitely counts! And thanks for the reminder about Beach Read. I keep thinking I should read that one “when I want a fluffy romance” but then forget that I’ve been warned it is deeper and less fluffy than it seems.

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    1. It’s finishing outside of May that drags it out, haha! YES. Beach Read was a great read and I really enjoyed it. But it’s not at all the fluffy, light romcom it’s marketed as, which just does the whole reading experience a huge discredit.

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      1. Marketing is so important in cases like this! There are books I’ve read that I know I would have liked a lot more if the marketing hadn’t made them out to have a different tone than they actually had.

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      2. Yesss. Going in expecting one thing, and getting a completely different other, does so much damage to the actual experience of reading it. I get wanting to jump on a trend to sell it, but… at what cost? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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