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April 2022 Wrap-Up

How is April already over? Time is passing by so quickly and I can’t believe one-third of the year is already gone.

Let’s take a look at my stats this month:

  • Total number of books read: 3
  • Total number of pages: 1009 pages
  • Book formats: 3 physical
  • Average rating: 4.5

Even though I only read 3 books this month, I still think that April was a great reading month for me. I rated all 3 books very highly and I think I may have found my new favourite book! Before I get into that, let’s take a look at some of my highlights.

highlights this month

My highlight this month would probably be the 5-star read that I had, which is The Midnight Library. I loved this book so much and it’s a book that will stay with me for a very long time. If you want to read my full review, then click HERE.

Some non-bookish highlights – I went on a last minute trip to Vancouver, a city that I love and lived in for 8 years. I was very happy to be back even if it was just for a week. And although I wasn’t officially on vacation, I spent my after-work hours at local coffee shops and just reading the books that I brought with me. 

new book

Happy to report that I only bought 1 new book in April! I did come very close to going to a thrift store, but I didn’t. We all know that I never leave a thrift store empty handed, so I’m definitely feeling proud of myself for having a little bit of shelf-control this month. 

I remembered that I have a ten dollar gift card in Chapters-Indigo so I decided to browse any sales online. I came across Before The Coffee Gets Cold and decided to get it. After reading the synopsis, it kinda seemed like the premise is similar to The Midnight Library so I got very keen to read it. With my gift card plus my Plum Plus membership, I only paid $5 for this book. Win!

what i actually read this month

The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism

SYNOPSIS: Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health

SYNOPSIS: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . the only way to survive is to open your heart.

Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

SYNOPSIS: Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever. Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them… and what they will leave behind.

check-in on my 2022 reading goals

Currently I’ve read 15 books out of my 2022 reading goal of 40 books. I’m very much on track, if not ahead of my goals, so I’m feeling pretty good about it!

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN MAY

May is AAPI Heritage month and although I’m not limiting myself to books written by AAPI authors, I do have a pretty good line-up of books that I’m looking forward to reading in May.

In addition, May is also Mental Health Awareness month and I want to share a few books that I love that touch on mental health topics.

Stay tuned for my next few blog posts!

2 replies on “April 2022 Wrap-Up”

The Midnight Library was great in that it taught me just because something seems ‘better’ in my head doesn’t mean I’ll love it. It’s also given me a new perspective on the present. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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I had the same thoughts! I feel like we always want things that we don’t have, thinking that it’s going to make life better if we have it. This book made me realize that that’s not always the case and definitely given me a new perspective on life too.

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