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Books I read in March and April

Hey guys, I’m back. And I didn’t know blogging would be this hard after a hiatus. Gosh, why are there so many things to worry about while writing a blog post? Um, so I haven’t been around in a long time because I wanted to study for my exams, and my exams haven’t even started yet. I haven’t studied either, though. I know that nobody wants to hear me talk about my studies, so let’s do what we are here to do.

So, I read a few books in the last two months and some of them are mentioned below ↓. I probably forgot to mention the others because my memory, well, it sucks. So, here are the books:

1. Very Good Lives by J.K Rowling (★★★★)

So, I decided to read JK Rowling FINALLY and picked this one. Why not Harry Potter, you ask. I’m asking myself the same question. This is a short non-fiction book that talks about failure and the importance of imagination, as the title suggests. I am pretty sure the book doesn’t really tell you anything you already don’t know, but it’s decent because Rowling narrates her life experiences and talks about how failure shaped her, and it’s always good to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, innit? I enjoyed it a lot and I loved reading her experiences. I think it’s pretty good and you should read it.


2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (★★★)

I have no idea why I read it — it’s a classic and horror, and something I wouldn’t normally read, but I just felt like reading it, so I did. It’s available on Goodreads to download, if you want to read it. I didn’t love it — I have never really adored classics as much as others do. I always thought they weren’t for me. But it had a pretty good story. I will definitely try to read more classics this year. It was okay-ish but unique. I don’t know how to explain my thoughts about it, which happens with all the three-star reads.


3. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (★★★★)

I think I would’ve done a full review of this book, but I’m just gonna tell you my thoughts in this post. So, this book is about a teen who ends up going to the same school as his summer fling due to some untoward events. However, he soon realizes that the guy he had the fling with isn’t out to anyone yet, and has been trying to give him the cold shoulder. This book is so enjoyable and I totally loved it. It’s so hilarious and so heartfelt. I was so in love with it, and I think everyone should read it. Just go and buy it.


4. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (★★★)

I was going through my 2016-17 books and I realized I hadn’t picked it up — I was particularly interested in it because it had an atheist character and I am an atheist too. I decided it was time to read all of the books I had wanted to read that year, including this one. I hadn’t read it because it’s told in verse, but after warming up to the format, I picked it up and I’m so glad. I loved this story and I loved the characters. It talks about certain issues you should know before picking it up and they include suicide, heart attack, anxiety, panic attacks, bullying, etc. The book was pretty interesting and hard-hitting but the ending was a bummer for me, and that’s why I ended up giving it three stars.


5. Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography by Zena Alkayat (★★★)

So, I had read this book in 2016 and I had found it very boring. It is very short and has so many drawings, but I had still not finished it. Also, I had forgotten all about it, so I read it again to see if I still found it boring… and I did not. I think the illustrations were pretty cool and the book was okay too, but I don’t know how to rate it? It wasn’t mind-blowing. However, this book has made me realize that I want to read Jane Austen’s work.


6. I Really Didn’t Think This Through by Beth Evans (★★★★)

This is one of the most relatable books I’ve read this year and I’m so glad I did. This one is so funny and the author is plain amazing. The illustrations are super adorable and it probably won’t tell you anything new, but even listening to the same things you know by somebody who is an author makes you feel pretty good. I am gonna write a full review of this book, and that’s why I’m not gonna tell you what it’s about right now.


7. Humor Me by Marvin (★★★★★)

I reread this comic this month. I had read it for the first time in January and I loved it so, so much. I have already talked at length about it in my review. But I’m just crazy about this comic and it’s gonna be a graphic novel soon, which everybody should read. I gave it five stars the first time I read it, and I’m giving it five stars this time around as well.


8. Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame (★★)

This is the fourth book in the Did I Mention I Love You series by Estelle Maskame. I actually kinda enjoyed the first book in this series and I skipped the other two but would definitely be reading them soon. These books follow the story of a girl — I forgot her name and couldn’t be bothered to look it up– who falls in love with her stepbrother. It is like the stupidest series of the whole time. Kinda boring, kinda interesting. It’s super trash, just like me. It shouldn’t be surprising that I enjoyed it. Oh, her name was Eden.


9. Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris (★★★.5)

This was such a page-turning thriller that I would definitely want everyone to read. I picked it up because I loved the plot, and boy was it incredible. I didn’t give it five stars because it didn’t blow my mind or anything. It was really interesting though and I wanted to know how things were gonna play out for the characters– and also… I have never hated a character so much. I took quite a few notes while reading this one, so I will write a review for it in a few days. And I’m definitely gonna pick up some more of B.A Paris books once the lockdown is over.


So, that’s what I read in the last two months. I’ll do a post to talk about the books I’m reading right now. I hope you guys are taking care of yourself and reading some amazing books. I want to ask you guys now, what did you read this month?

36 thoughts on “Books I read in March and April

  1. Some of these sound like pretty great reads. I’ve been currently reading Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and leaning more towards non fictitious books so I’ll be picking JK Rowling’s outta your list. Waiting on the reviews for the other books!

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    1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill sounds amazing. Ah, I’ve realized that I’m leaning more towards nonfiction too these days, and that’s why I picked up a few of them.

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      1. It’s nice
        But a little it repetitive I feel. I mean the author is really trying to get the point across in multiple ways and that can be a little bit frustrating but all in all it seems good 🙂

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        1. I guess it happens with a lot of nonfiction? I haven’t read many, but repetition is something I do not like much in the books lol. I’m glad that it’s not bad though

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  2. Nice reading, Nikita. I am actually reading harry potter books right now. I am glad you had a productive time in the hiatus. B. A Paris is a great author, you should try her Bring Me Back. It’s a great and twisty story. Hope you enjoy reading more books.

    Stay Safe✌

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    1. Wow, Harry Potter! That’s great! 😍 I hope you enjoy your rereads! .
      Ah, I will definitely try reading Bring Me Back — I’ll add it to my TBR immediately.

      Thank you! I hope you have an amazing month and you read some amazing twisty books too. 💖

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      1. Thanks. You should try it soon. These days a lot of sites are giving out free eARCs of books. I downloaded Harry Potter from there. If you get out of stock try them.

        You are welcome. I hope you have an amazing month too. Keep blogging and Stay Safe❤✌😊.

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        1. I will definitely check out Harry Potter. What site is it? I’ve been doing the rounds of Riveted Lit too lately and have come across some amazing reads there.

          Thank you! 💖😘

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  3. I’ve just recently finished reading Only Mostly Devastated and it was so cute! I mean.. there were a few times where I got frustrated (teen drama) but overall it was a heart-warming read. I’m keen to try Humor Me by Marvin. Great month of reading!

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    1. I loved that book so much, but I totally get what you mean.

      And Humor Me by Marvin is one of my favorites now. It’s one of the best comics I’ve read lol 😍

      Happy reading! 💖

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  4. I listened to an abridged audiobook of Dorian Grey recently, and I enjoyed it – I wonder if reading the full text will be as enjoyable, or whether the edited bits were the best bits! It’s on my TBR to read at some point, but I think there’s a few other books I’d rather read first.

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    1. Ah, I’m so glad you enjoyed Dorian Grey. I liked the story, even if I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I hope you get to read the full text soon and I hope you enjoy it as much!

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  5. I didn’t know about very good lives!! How did I not know about this book?! Lol
    Also, humour me and that other book you’ve rated highly seemed very interesting too🙂
    All the best for your studies and happy reading!!

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    1. It was really short and amazing. Hehe, it’s probably based on a talk JK Rowling gave at some university or something like that. I’m not sure…

      Humor Me is one of my favorites now. It is so, so good and heartwarming 😭😍

      Thank you so much! 💖 I hope you read some amazing books this month too! 💖

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephen! 💖 I’m glad I got to read some nice ones in the last two months. I wasn’t aware of it either before reading it lol. I think it’s just the book version of one of her talks, but I’m not sure.

      I hope you read some amazing books this month. Happy reading!

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  6. Those are quite some interesting reads! I am currently reading The Rainmaker by John Grisham and plan to return to some YA fantasy fiction by the end of the month. Any recommendations? Good luck for your exams!😄

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    1. The Rainmaker sounds so good! I have heard a lot about this one. YA is my go-to genre (if it’s even a genre) after I read “difficult” books. Unfortunately, I don’t read a lot of fantasy and most of the fantasy I read is urban fantasy, but I loved the Mortal Instruments and The Raven Cycle. Have you read these series? If not, I would recommend the latter one because it really, really good.
      Ah, thank you so much! 💖

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  7. Good luck on your exams, Nikita! Hope you had a peaceful hiatus though glad to have you back!! I’ve read a lot in March and April — I loved Lumberjanes and I found a new favourite in Hurricane Season! It’s a story about father with mental illness and his daughter. And art!! Really beautiful ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, E. 💖 Ah, I would love to read Lumberjanes, and Hurricane Season sounds gorgeous — I love such stories and I just added it to my TBR. Unfortunately, all of my reads have disappointed me in the last few days, so I’m really glad that you enjoyed these books. I just started Tweet Cute and I’m loving it so far. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy it.

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