Book Recommendations! | What I Read In April

Hi guys<3 how are you all doing? I hope you’re all okay. How’s your week going?

Today I’m excited to talk about the 4 books I read in April! One of these is my favourite book ever, so I’m *very* excited to talk about it! Also, it’s only the 4th of May and I’ve already read 3 books. Like what-

Anyway, let’s just get started chatting about books!

Confess by Colleen Hoover

So fun fact, this is the first Colleen Hoover book I ever read. I’ve still only read 2 of her books, but I’m reading another right now. So I started off with ‘Confess’, and here’s what I thought!

So we follow this girl Auburn, who moves to Dallas to try and rebuild her life. Her first love died when she was a teenager, and she’s basically lost everything important to her. But one evening, she takes a job at an art gallery, owned by this man called Owen Gentry. He takes people’s confessions and paints about them, and has some dark confessions of his own… we learn about why Auburn’s life is so shattered and broken, and it’s just a really good book.

There’s a couple big twists and turns thrown in there, which is always fun to read, and then also, the ending is so good. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ – I really liked it!
Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, cheating, intimate partner abuse and violence, addiction, alchohol, drugs, teen pregnancy, death of a parent, death of a child, car accident.
(to be honest there’s not very much of these at all, especially the last few)
Age Rating: teen & young adult

Verity by Colleen Hoover

This one deserves the sparkles! And yes, two Colleen Hoover books in a row. wow. I guess I was just really feeling… adventurous. I read Verity, which is now my favourite book. I really want to read Layla by Colleen Hoover, because apparently it’s quite similar to Verity, which I loved. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because I’m like, still lingering on Verity, and also I don’t know if I can handle any more suspense and creepiness.😂

I did a full review on Verity here, so if you want to read it, you can.

All I’m gonna say is, I found my new favourite book:), and I am team Manuscript!

Also. A scary story -it was last night, and I heard a noise in my bathroom in the middle of the night. I was terrified, because I had been thinking about Verity, and obviously, I’m stupid, so I went to see what it was, and I FOUND THE BOOK LYING ON THE FLOOR. I picked it up and left it on the windowsill, and when I woke up it was back in my book drawer. I’m not sure if I just put it away and was too sleepy to remember, or if it was a dream, but everything felt so real. I’m terrified. GUYS.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – THIS IS THE EASIEST 5 STARS I’VE EVER GIVEN.
Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Child violence, murder, coma.

Age Rating: teen and young adult.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M Macmanus

I bought this, then after I got it with the two books above, I started seeing bad reviews of it. I was quite nervous to read it. Literally the whole time, I was thinking “don’t let me down, come onnnn”, and to be honest… this book was not the best. Personally, I only gave this 4 stars, which seems a bit generous to me. I predicted the murderer, and also, it was a bit boring for the first half of the book.

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – it was originally 3 stars, but the last sentence got me.
Trigger Warnings: bullying, character death, child endangerment, emotional abuse/manipulation, murder, profanity (i don’t know what that is, but apparently it’s a trigger for this book).
Age Rating: teen

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I have actually already read this 2 years ago, but I wanted to read it again from a different perspective. Anyway, I read it, and to be honest, it wasn’t anything special to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like the concept and it’s a great book, I just don’t like the fact that it has no plot, basically. Anyway, I don’t really know what to say for the synopsis, other than this;

A boy named Auggie, who has a disfigured face, starts at a school for the first time in his life. He tries to navigate the ups and downs of school and friends.

See, that’s all I could I think of to say! If you do like this book, though, that’s completely fine, this is just my opinion personally.

Rating: ⭐⭐
Trigger Warnings: betrayal, bullying, dog death
Age rating: 7 and above.

And there you have it! What i read in April, all rounded up! I’m super excited for my post on Sunday, because I’m going to do another part of the My Favourite _ Things Series! I can’t wait.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you have any book recommendations for me? Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

go outside today!<3

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9 thoughts on “Book Recommendations! | What I Read In April

  1. OOH COLLEEN HOOVER! she’s a super hyped author on booktok, and I’ve been wanting to read her books. Especially verity! Also, I tried reading two can keep a secret but I DNF it. I think it was because it was too boring, and slow paced. So feel free to give me spoilers, since I still don’t know what happened to Brooke? If that’s what the name of the girl who disappeared is😂
    Cant wait to read your post on Sunday! Have a nice day x

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    1. SPOILER ALERT FOR TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET!
      Yes, back when I hadn’t read any of her books I thought she was ‘overrated’ too! But now she’s literally one of my favourite authors! You should totally read Verity, it’s a masterpiece!

      yup, I read about that in one of your posts. coincidentally, I ordered it off Amazon a few hours before I read that post… lol😅
      Basically, what happened to her was that Peter (Malcol’ms stepdad) was having an affair with Brooke?! Then, Ellery found a reciept for a car repair for Katrin’s (Malcom’s stepsister) car, and the phone number was Brooke’s. It’s then revealed that on the night when Mr Bowman was found dead on the road, Peter was the only one home, and he did the hit-and-run, which Brooke witnessed. he thought she was going to tell someone, so he killed her:(
      ALSO in the end Ellery is over at malcolm’s house, and Peter comes in with a gun!? he takes them to the basement and tries to kill them with poisonous gas. luckily Ryan Rodriguez saves them, because he knew this entire time and was keeping an eye on Peter!

      so that’s the end. lol. i predicted the whole ‘it was peter’ thing, so honestly not that great for me either…

      thanks so much! you too xx

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  2. I too surprised myself on Friday. I finished two books in a day! But the books made it easy. They were really good!
    Confessions sounds interesting. And that story? I would be scared too. I don’t know what to say🤷‍♀️.

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