April 30, 2018
April Wrap Up
My intention with this blog is to bring you the BEST of what I’m reading and to use Goodreads for the total of what I’m reading. I’m committed to offering 4 & 5 star reviews for reading recommendations on the blog. My greatest fear is that you’ll see a cover in a book store (or Target!) and think “Oh, I saw that book on Reading Ladies!” and not remember that it was a book that I rated less than 4 or 5 stars and be disappointed with the read. So for me, it feels risky to post the entirety of my reading on the blog.
That being said….I’m trying something new (for me) and following in the footsteps of other bloggers at month’s end and presenting all of my April reading along with my star ratings. Seven of the ten I’ve reviewed on the blog and I’ll provide that link for you. Keep in mind that my 2 & 3 star reads have been rated higher by other readers, so check out the Amazon or Goodreads reviews!
The reading experience is subjective and I share my ratings knowing that if you’ve read the same selections, our opinions will vary greatly.
(in order of my star ratings)
My Dear Hamilton (histfic) by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie 5+ stars
From Sand and Ash (histfic) by Amy Harmon 5 stars
Eden (family saga) by Jeanne Blasberg 4 stars
Crenshaw (middle grade) by Katherine Applegate 4 stars
Rash (memoir) by Lisa Kusel 4 stars
White Rose, Black Forest (histfic) by Eoin Dempsey 3.5 stars
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi Ever After (memoir) by Heather Harpham 3 stars
The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel (histfic) 3 stars
Cafe By the Sea (chick lit) by Jenny Colgan 2.5 stars
Love Walked In (chick lit) by Maria de los Santos 2.5 stars
***The last two books are written by highly rated chick lit authors and have been enjoyed by many readers; however, it’s not my favorite genre (for Goodreads I did round them up to 3 stars).
Please share your April reads in the comments!
Happy Reading Bookworms!
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I’d love to hear all about what you’ve read in April!
I appreciate your approach because I’ve grappled with this as well. I’ve had a few instances when a friend or reader has mentioned reading a book based on my “recommendation” when in fact I’d simply shared a review of a book I did not like. It’s frustrating that people will see the title and assume it’s a book I’ve loved and not bothered to read the review!
This is a real fear! The visual image is so strong! Thanks for commenting!
Hey Carol– haven’t read either one of your 5 star books. Putting them on the list. Great to get your ratings. I’ve been traveling for a few weeks and so it’s fun to get back to catch up with your posts! thanks thanks.
I’m glad to have you back….I’ve missed your comments! What did you read on your vacation(s)?
HI Carol– I read –A Higher Call: an incredible true story of combat and chivalry — true story of an American and a German pilot in WWII– and how they found each other after the war. Plus I’m tearing through Kelly Corrigan short memoir books. And loved The Language of Flowers–foster girl finds a real life. Take care friend. xo
Oh! Yes! I loved Language of Flowers! A Higher Call sounds interesting! Would you like to review it for the blog as a guest post??!!
Hi Carol– Sure. It was a departure from the long list of WWII novels I’ve been reading lately– a different look at the war. xox