April 2019 Reads & Reviews

Happy Monday! I might be away on vacation, but there’s no way I’d miss the best day in blog land – it’s time for April 2019 reads and reviews! I’ve read SO many great books lately, so I’m extra excited to share today. Let’s jump right in!

April 2019 Reads & Reviews
 
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, absolutely! This book sucked me right in. Not exactly what I was expecting, which made it even more enjoyable. I wouldn’t classify this as a “thriller” so much as a mind screw. It was mentally creepy and unsettling.

DEAR MRS. BIRD by AJ Pearce
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! This passed the time just fine. Give me a story set during WWII, a main female character, and I’m there. The story did drag and get repetitive somewhat … and then everything changed in .25 seconds and I was like WHAT. It’s sad and heartbreaking, but at least the ending takes us out on a high note.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars, HELL YEAH! I AM SHOOK. TJR really outdid herself with this one. It’s Behind-the-Music meets Almost Famous. There were several times I had to remind myself that this is fiction, not the real story of a real band. I literally felt consumed by the interview-style writing, like I was reading something straight out of Rolling Stone Magazine. The writing and format made the story seem more alive, more personal. It also helped the overall reading pace. The characters are aggravating, like-able, angering, entertaining … I went through several emotions with each of them, often rooting for them individually and as a band and other times swearing at the book for someone to get their shit together. Daisy especially is exhausting but exhilarating. Everything turned out exactly as I hoped and feared it would for the characters, the band and their story(ies). It has been a long time since I felt so satisfied by a book.

THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. Passed the time just fine. I admittedly found myself skimming some parts, paying closer attention to others. Stalker, obsessive-type thrillers are not usually my thing, but Elizabeth/Lily/Juliette was so crazy that it held my interest just enough. It was very Fatal Attraction in book form.

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars, yes! I went into this thinking it was a cute YA novel … While that’s true, it is SO much more. Holy hell. I laughed. I cried. My heart broke for Eleanor in more ways than one. For Park, too. We’re left to our own imagination at the end, but I’m optimistic that their story was far from over. So at least that made the emotional roller coaster worth it. Side note: high school kids are dicks, and I’m so glad I’m way past that stage of life. Everyone has a story regardless of what or how they present themselves; keep that in mind next time you feel compelled to be mean or make fun. Kindness costs nothing.

FIX HER UP by Tessa Bailey
*ARC received from NetGalley. Releases June 2019.
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, absolutely! Ideal for fans of fake dating, little sister/best friend of brother romances. I’m new to Tessa Bailey, and I’m already positive this won’t be the last I read from her. So cute! (And hello, steamy scenes …) Georgie was a fun, relatable character – especially for those like me that are the youngest in a family. Travis was the right amount of dreamboat plus some scars from a dysfunctional past. It was satisfying to see him own his confidence by the end. AND THAT END??? Swoon. My heart can’t take it. Can’t wait for the next in this series!

Bottom line …

ABSOLUTELY DON’T MISS DAISY JONES! Fix Her Up is perfect for romance/chick-lit fans; An Anonymous Girl will screw with your head; and Eleanor & Park is YA but is really heartfelt and deals with heavy stuff.

Currently reading: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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34 Comments

  1. Kerri wrote:

    I recently read Daisy Jones & The Six on vacation and at least 3 separate times during the book, I found myself trying to Google the band because the writing is perfect and makes it seem THAT real!

    Posted 4.17.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      YES! I almost nearly did the same thing early on while reading it. It’s just so realistic, and I kind of wish the band was real!

      Posted 4.18.19 Reply
  2. Dara wrote:

    I have The Perfect Girlfriend to read next over here. I read Eleanor and Park recently too. I thought it was ok.

    Posted 4.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Hope you enjoy Perfect Girlfriend! I could see how E&P wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Right time, right place kinda thing.

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  3. Loved DJ&T6, also E&P!! So glad you enjoyed them too.

    Posted 4.10.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Both were so good and loved!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  4. Julie wrote:

    Thanks for all the good suggestions!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
  5. Laura wrote:

    I’m on the waiting list at the library for Daisy Jones, but there are 108 people ahead of me! I might need to just buy it!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I say buy it – you won’t regret it!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  6. 100% agree with you on E&P and Daisy

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
  7. Daisy is currently sitting in my kindle and I definitely want to read her this month. I loved E&P. It so, so good and was typically not what I expected. Anonymous Girl is already on my TBR and everyone has been raving about Fix Her Up. I’m going to have to check it ou.

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Yes to all of the above!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  8. SMD wrote:

    I also had to remind myself that Daisy was fiction – I kept thinking of Fleetwood Mac. Loved it so much.

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Yes! Exactly what I kept thinking, too. Loved it.

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  9. Kay R.D. wrote:

    Daisy Jones was so good! Loved every minute of it

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
  10. Mackenzie wrote:

    Okay, everyone seems to love Daisy Jones so it looks like I need to read it too! 🙂 Sounds like a really great read!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Yes! Definitely don’t miss it!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  11. Dani wrote:

    Eleanor and Park is one of my favorite books ever! So happy you enjoyed it. I’m on the wait list for Daisy Jones and can’t wait to get it!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I enjoyed it so much more than her other book Attachments. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  12. Heather wrote:

    Yay I have the ARC of Fix her Up so I can’t wait to read that!! I know Kristen loved it too. The Unhoneymooners is on my list for April too – I am expecting it to be everything I have come to expect from that duo, so yay!! AND The Printed Letter Bookshop is on my list too, haha. I agree about An Anonymous Girl. OH Eleanor and Park, I loved that book. I wish she would write another book – I feel like she hasn’t in awhile!!! I’ve really enjoyed all of hers except Landline, which was not a fave.

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m with you! I feel like she hasn’t written a new one in a while either. Can’t wait to get to The Unhoneymooners – I’m sure it’ll be perfect like everything else they write!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  13. kristen wrote:

    totally agree about an anonymous girl – way more creepy than thrilling. so glad you liked dear mrs bird, it was definitely a little bit so-so until it all of a sudden breaks your heart. so glad you enjoyed fix her up, i love tessa bailey. she has lots of books and they are steamy AF, fix her up was probably the ‘cutest’ of hers i’ve read. daisy jones was SO good!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I definitely plan to read some other Tessa Bailey’s in the future! I’m looking forward for this series in particular to continue.

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  14. Monica wrote:

    Daisy Jones is loved by everyone! I have anonymous girl but haven’t read it yet!

    Posted 4.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      And for good reason, I think! Hope you enjoy Anonymous Girl!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  15. I am patiently awaiting Daisy Jones from my library! Hope I can read it soon!

    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Will keep my fingers crossed for you – it’s so good!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  16. Debbie wrote:

    I agree, Daisy Jones is a fantastic read so far! I’m halfway through and can’t wait to read what happens next!

    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m glad that you read it and enjoyed it!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  17. Biana wrote:

    I seriously can’t wait to read anonymous girl!! It is my kind of book for sure! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It’s a really captivating read – enjoy!

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply

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