April Reading Round-Up


Once again, we are at the end of one month and beginning a new one. April has sped by, with changeable weather and lots of flowers are blooming. Reading continues to be such a stress-reliever and I have read so many good books this past month. Once again historical romances captured my attention…

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for April was 29 books and 6 picture books, with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal –4
Romance – 5

Women’s Fiction – 4

Historical romance – 11

Historical Fiction – 1

Memoir -3

Non-fiction – 1
Pix books – 6

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads – 25                TBR/owned books –3                E-books – 7

I’ve decided to change the order of what I post today – placing favourite books first:


Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month (and of the year so far!) was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. 


 I so enjoyed the historical romances by Grace Burrowes and Loraine Heath but will not put them on the list as they would fill it. Each has wonderful series that I am reading through.     

The rest of my top 10 reads:

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Duke Heist by Erica Ridley

If I Knew Then by Jann Arden

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder by Julia Zarankin

Graced by Amanda Pellar

The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery


I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:


POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

This month I was able to read 4 books for the challenge.

#9 – Has family tree – The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

#15 – Black and white cover – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

#33 – 3 generations of a family – The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery

Adv. 6 – Meant to read last year – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was able to read 4 books for this challenge:

#19 – Book with Deckled edge –The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

#24 – Should be read in schools – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

#28 – Includes historical event you know little about – The Gown by Jennifer Robson.

#51 – Published in 2021 – The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery


Monthly Key Word Challenge

I used 2 of the key words this month:

Watch:  Watch Ove Me by Kait Nolan

Sun:  Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh


Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “Books on the Menu” – those with food, restaurants etc

What New Beginnings are Made Of? By Debra Clopton


Beyond the Bookends

The theme this month was “set in a library”: I read: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Diversify Your Reading

The theme this month was “classics”. I read: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


What’s in a Name?

This reading challenge was hosted by Carolina Book Nook and I was able to finish this challenge in April. Here are the books I read for each prompt:

One/1: The One by Kiera Cass

Doubled word in title: Love Her, Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Reference to Outer Space: Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Possessive noun in title: The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan

Botanical Word: Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

Article of clothing in title: The Gown by Jennifer Robson:


Looking Ahead to May

 I need to read more of my own books -I have too many books not read. But I also have a number of library books on hold – so need to get to them as well.


I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)


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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)



Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)


10 thoughts on “April Reading Round-Up

  1. Sounds like you had a great reading month with lots of good books. Isn’t spring wonderful? I am enjoying watching it unfurl as well. I’m not sure if it is happening slower this year or I am paying more attention. Have a great May!

  2. The battle between books coming in from the library and wanting to lessen the TBR shelf is always a challenge. I see lots of books listed here I loved too and good to see The Midnight Library at the top.

  3. Another excellent reading month for you! I love how green everything is right now and yes to all the spring flowers and nesting birds. We have three nests–two robins’ nests and one cardinal–all right out side windows for easy bird TV. I want to read The Midnight Library too and am happy it was a favorite of yours.

    • Thanks Danielle. How lovely to have those nests to see the baby birds grow and develop. We’ve had nests of robins and doves over the years on our porch, but none the past 2 years. Hope you get to read The Midnight Library sppn. A special book

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