April Wrap-Up + May TBR

It is that time of the month again where we wrap-up how well we did in April in all things bookish and determine what we want to do in May. So here it is, my April Wrap-Up!

March Reading Wrap-Up

I cannot believe it. I read… 4 books this month! I believe I am fully out of my reading slump as of this month and that makes me so so so happy. So here it is!

The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

1099301Rating: 4 stars | Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he’d love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn’t want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn’t want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.” – Goodreads


I really thought this book was a cute and fun middle grade adventure novel.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

13573503Rating: 5 stars | Review | Goodreads | Amazon

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.” – Goodreads


I absolutely loved this book. It was very heartwarming and so real to read.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

to_kill_a_mocking_birdRating: 5 stars | Goodreads | Amazon

“Harper Lee’s classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.” – Goodreads


I read this one for school and it was one that I actually liked. Compared to the other one (Lord of the Flies) that I read this year, I liked it much better. But I will not be writing a review for it.

A Bridge Across the Ocean ARC by Susan Meissner

51x6xz3lzrlRating: 4.75 stars | Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women past and present in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life .

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.” – Goodreads


I actually just finished this one the day that I am writing this and I enjoyed it so much. I will link my review in once its up.

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April Playlist

As I mention in every wrap-up, I like sharing my music that I was obsessed with and found new and interesting this month. If you’d like to follow me on Spotify to see all my playlist and see what I’m listening to at any given moment in the day, here’s my username: kambriadaniels77. This month is just from my Spring 2017 playlist.

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April Posts

March Wrap-Up + April TBR
The Name of This Book Is Secret Review
Searching Saturday #9: Between 100-200 Pages
Searching Saturday #10: Person on the Cover
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review
Emoji Book Tag
Searching Saturday #11: Set In Your Country

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May TBR

Since I got so many book off my last TBR done, my TBR for May will not seem as ambitious. So let’s get into it.

The Weight of This World ARC by David Joy

30763901Goodreads | Amazon

“Critically acclaimed author David Joy, whose debut, Where All Light Tends to Go, was hailed as “a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature” (The Huffington Post), returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past.

A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can’t leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.” – Goodreads


This book came out in March and I have an ARC of it. Because my reading slump got me behind I’m trying to read it as soon as possible and as close to its release date as I can get it.

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

31624992Goodreads | Amazon

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, “If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? “

Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…” – Goodreads


This is the same thing with the last book except this one just recently came out in April.

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

32195586Goodreads | Amazon

“Told in an extraordinary and wholly unique voice that will candidly take you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character.

For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her “forever home”—a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It’s exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mother’s violent boyfriends?

While Ginny is pretty much your average teenager—she plays the flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and studies Robert Frost poems for English class—she is autistic. And so what’s important to Ginny includes starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, bacon-pineapple pizza and, most of all, getting back to Gloria so she can take care of her baby doll.

THE ORIGINAL GINNY MOON is a compulsively readable and touching novel about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up.” – Goodreads


This ARC actually comes out in May so that is good, I hope to finally get to one in the same month. I’m also confused, looking for this book on Goodreads only gives me the same book but called “Ginny Moon”, my copy says “The Original Ginny Moon” (like the cover above) but hey, ARCs are ARCs because the can change.

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That’s it! Have you read any of these books? What’s on your May TBR? What did you read in April? Comment down below – Kambria

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