What I Read in April 2020 + Reviews

Last month was another great month of reading! Thank goodness since all I want to do is escape reality these days. We’re under a stay-at-home order until the end of the month here in Wisconsin, so let’s hope that I can keep it rolling with good books to read. Let’s get right to what I read in April 2020 and my reviews!

what i read in april 2020 + reviews

What I read in April 2020

My rating & review: 4 stars. I’m not always the best/fastest reader with nonfiction, but this read more like fiction and I flew through it. The writing is straightforward and compelling – I was sucked into the twisted family dynamic after just one chapter. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about Malabar. She seemed like an awful, selfish woman. Malabar manipulated Adrienne for her own gain, while leaving Adrienne to fend for herself and silently suffer. Was Adrienne in the wrong, too? Sure. BUT, she was a child at the time and didn’t know any better. It equally broke my heart and pissed me off.

My rating & review: 3 stars. I typically love Peter Swanson books, but this … snooze. I appreciate the writing and story for what it was, but I think since I’m not overly familiar with classic mysteries – Agatha Christie and the like – that a lot of the parallels/references were lost on me.

BEACH READ by Emily Henry
My rating & review: 5 stars. The title and cover don’t accurately represent this book. Like, at all. So, it took me a minute to adjust my expectations. I was prepared for a light, romance-type story – maybe a little enemies-to-lovers action (my favorite!). And, sure – there’s some elements of that in the book, but it’s just SO much more for that. And, I adored it. It’s heavier on the women’s/chick-lit side of things, and I appreciate the way the author explored how people deal with loss, grief, etc. Gus and January are one of my favorite fiction couples as of late. Their friendship/chemistry/relationship read realistic and relatable. I was cheesy-smiling nonstop!

LOVELY WAR by Julie Berry
My rating & review: 5 stars. THIS BOOK. IT’S EVERYTHING. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. This is right up there with The Nightingale for me as far as favorite books. It’s just so damn great. Sure, it sounds weird – the Greek gods and goddesses narrating a story about four people during WWI? It did take me a minute to figure it all out, but within a couple chapters I couldn’t put it down (even though I wanted to pace myself because I didn’t want it to end!). It’s one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read … and heartbreaking/distressing/hopeful, etc. Basically every emotion you can feel you’ll feel while reading this.

Currently reading & what I plan to read in May

I finally received Long Bright River by Liz Moore from the library after a months-long hold, so I’m excited to dive in to that to see what all the fuss is about! I’m also hoping to get to The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.

What are you reading?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

Linking up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.

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  1. 5.26.20
    Deasy said:

    I haven’t heard of any of these books, but Lovely War seems like right up my alley and I need to read it. 😀 I’m currently reading Catch-22!


  2. 5.19.20
    Jules said:

    I love reading too, I have 5 current readings at the moment! 😉


  3. 5.14.20
    Becki said:

    I’ve read about Wild Game a few times and just not sure it would be my cup of tea. We’re staying home til the end of May in Michigan too. Just keep reading, just keep reading… 😉 Stay safe!

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      That’s understandable! Not every book is for everyone. Stay safe and healthy! xx

  4. 5.13.20
    Anthea said:

    Beach Read is going on my TBR list!

  5. 5.13.20
    SMD said:

    Not super pleased about the references to classic mysteries in the newest Swanson, those will probably be lost on me as well.

  6. 5.13.20

    I am curious about Eight Perfect Murders – sorry it wasn’t your favorite though. I own Beach Read, so I hope to read that one soon. Glad to hear you liked Lovely War so much. I really loved the author’s book All the Truth That’s In Me.


    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      I’m still thinking about Lovely War weeks later. I really want to check out other titles by that author.

  7. 5.12.20

    Lovely War has been on my to read list. A lot of bloggers read Beach Read this month! I’m adding it to my to read list.

  8. 5.12.20
    Debbie said:

    Wow, looks like a lot of great reads, I’m anxious to read Lovely War now and I’ll look forward to your review of Long Bright River, lots of buzz about that one!

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      You have to read Lovely War! I think you’d love it.

  9. 5.12.20
    Tina said:

    Ok, I’m way more interested in Beach Read now knowing that the cover is misleading! I don’t always love an enemies to lovers, but I’m excited to see how this one goes. The title, cover, and that they’re authors definitely caught my attention, though!

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      The enemies-to-lovers thing is so minimal and worked through pretty quickly, so hopefully it doesn’t bother you too much. I was so surprised that the book was WAY more than the cover leads you to believe. Happy reading!

  10. 5.12.20
    Julie said:

    Beach read is on my list – glad to hear its good!

  11. 5.12.20
    Ashley said:

    Bummer about the new Peter Swanson book. He’s usually pretty good.

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      I agree, I was pretty disappointed.

  12. 5.12.20

    I have got to download Lovely War. I have heard so many great things about it. Stay healthy!

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      It’s so good! Hope you’re staying well! xx

  13. 5.12.20

    Netgalley gave me a free preview of Lovely War but it was only a few chapters. I need to track down the full book because the premise really intrigues me. Everyone has been raving about Beach Read too. Definitely adding it to my TBR too.

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      Lovely War is amazing. I just loved it. So was Beach Read, hope you enjoy both whenever you get them!

  14. 5.12.20
    kristen said:

    YAY LOVELY WAR! so good. so was beach read. i want everyone to read lovely war.

  15. 5.12.20

    I’m #60 in line for Beach Read on Overdrive, so I won’t get to it soon, but I’m so eager to read it! And I’ve heard great things of The lovely war! Looking forward to reading it! I’ll link my April reads in my name if interested.

    • 5.18.20
      Karly said:

      I hope that you enjoy both whenever you get them, two of my favorites this year!

  16. 5.11.20
    Nadine said:

    I have Beach Reads on my TBR and I am glad to see another positive review. Sounds wonderful. Lovely War wasn’t on my radar before, I am not huge into historical books. But I did absolutely adore Nightingale, so I think I will add it and wait for the mood to strike me!

    • 5.12.20
      Karly said:

      Lovely War is so much more than historical fiction, I promise. Hope you enjoy Beach Read!

  17. 5.11.20
    Biana said:

    What a great reading month – I’m slowly making my way through one book -gosh how I can’t wait to get back to “normal” so I can read again!! Beach read is being added to my list! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 5.12.20
      Karly said:

      I think you’ll really enjoy Beach Read! And, I hear you – it takes a lot of concentration these days for me to read, lol!

  18. 5.11.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Thank you so much for the reading inspo girl! I just put some of these on my list x

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