April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 2, 2021

April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers listed in post)

How was your April reading?

My April was a brilliant eleven-book reading month: five 4.5-5 Star reads; three 4 Star reads; three 3-3.5 Star reads.

My favorite fiction read of the month was The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Did we read any of the same books?

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a woman dressed in a rose dress stands with her back to the camera overlooking a balcony and a gold wall

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

5+  Stars. Page-turning and unputdownable WW11 historical fiction.

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer (cover) Image: a girl and a boy walk down a set of railroad tracks away from the camera

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

5 Stars. (ARC) Compelling Historical Fiction (WW11). Review coming on June 1, 2021.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (cover) Image: a head shot of a young blond haired girl (in blue tones)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

5 Stars. Middle-Grade Historical Fiction (WW11). Not reviewed.

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (cover) Image: a young woman in a long white dress stands next to a railing looking out over a harbor

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). (ARC) Interesting Historical Fiction (late 1800s Cuba). Review coming on May 3, 2021.

The Social Graces by Renee Rosen (cover) Image: four women in old fashioned dresses and large brimmed hats stand with their backs to the came looking at an arch in the distance

The Social Graces by Renée Rosen

4.5 Stars  (ARC) Entertaining Historical Fiction (Gilded Age).

Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso (cover) Gold fancy writing on a white cover

Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso

4 Stars. (Instagram book tour) Light-reading humorous essays on birth and parenthood.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala (cover) Image: colorful graphic of a girl seasoning a pot of ethnic ifood

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala

4 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading Contemporary Cozy Mystery. Review coming May 6, 2021.

Black test on an all white background and a bl and wh image of a bird with a feather

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

4 Stars. Nonfiction. Essays on writing and life.
“Reading and writing decrease our sense of isolation.l They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” ~Anne Lamott

Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter (cover) Image: a man and woman and dog sit on a dock overlooking a lake

Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter

3.5-4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Romance.

Sunset on Moonlight Beach by Sheila Roberts (cover) Image: two canvas beach chairs on both sides of a side table containing a candle and two glasses of champagne...overlooking the water

Sunset on Moonlight Beach by Sheila Roberts

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (cover) Image: white text on orange background, a graphic of a man and woman on pool lounge chairs

People We Meet on Vacation

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Fiction, Rom-Comm, Romance. Review coming May 11, 2021.


What was your favorite April read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?


April Blog Posts:

#6Degrees of Separation: Beezus and Ramona to Vanishing Half
Promises to Keep
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Sunset on Moonlight Beach
National Independent Bookstore Day
Woman 99
The Social Graces
What Makes You Pick Up a Book?
The Beautiful Strangers
Hana Khan Carries On
The Rose Code
The Wartime Sisters
The Last Bookshop in London
TTT: 10 Books Set Near Water
The Windsor Knot
Lost Roses

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I haven’t read any of those though so fancy quite a few of them. I think my April favourite has to be The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson. It is just wonderful!

  2. As soon as I read your review of The Social Graces, I headed straight for NetGalley! I can’t wait to read this one. Lovely post, as always!

  3. Number the Stars is a wonderful. It has been several years since I have read it. I love the quote from the Anne Lamott book. I read for all of those reasons.

    I didn’t get a chance to comment, but I enjoyed your post about what makes you pick up a book. It made me think about what makes me pick up a book and helped me clarify what makes a book a good read for me.

    My favorite read of April was The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan.

    Have a great May!

    • I loved my first read of Number the Stars! Never too late to read a good book is my motto! Thanks for the feedback on my “What Makes Me Pick Up a Book” post! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your fav April read and for commenting Gretchen! Happy May reading!

  4. I have three of these on my TBR. I am on the blog tour for The Warsaw Orphan at the end of this month, so that one will be first up. Looks like a good month with some good books.

  5. Adding The Rose Code (enjoyed The Huntress), The Most Beautiful Woman in Cuba (I enjoyed Cleeton’s other Cuba novels), Warsaw Orphan (enjoyed Before We Were Yours). Would you say any of these are PG-13 or higher in content? I try to avoid anything with too much sexual content, violence, or language. Thanks!

    Here are my recent reads, if interested! https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-book-reviews.html

    • The Warsaw Orphan has one graphic sexually violent scene. It’s over quickly and would be easy to skim over. Most Beautiful Woman has some prison scenes, interment camps, and poverty, but not above PG 13. I think the 3 you added are all great reads! Enjoy!

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