April 2022 reading wrap-up

Another month of reading has come to an end. While April felt initially sluggish, I quickly fell into a pattern of regular reading again and often found myself glued to my reading corner for hours on end. This is good news, as I am still working on reducing my large TBR, though I have done a fair job of shrinking it over the last few years. Some books that had been waiting years for my attention finally got their time to shine, however, plenty of newer books also made it into the pile this month. This April 2022 reading wrap-up will show off all that I read along with my thoughts on those books. As usual, I read quite a mix of genres over the course of the month and prefer to read this way, as it helps reduce the chance of hitting a reading slump.

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April 2022 reading wrap-up

The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

I have really been enjoying diving into the various writing thesauruses that these authors produce. They are great at helping to describe various traits a character may have without outright stating time and again that they are greedy, suspicious, evasive, etc. Covering the many negative traits a person can have, this book is truly a wealth of knowledge and will be a great reference to have on hand during my writing.

Everything Manitoba: The Ultimate Book of Lists by Christine Hanlon

If you ever wanted to know a ton of random facts about Manitoba, Canada then this is the book to read. The lists within this book cover topics such as Hollywood movies filmed in Manitoba, famous Manitoba athletes, ships that navigated the waters of Manitoba and so much more. Though I am Canadian, I will admit that I knew little about Manitoba before reading this book. It was very interesting to learn the history of the province along with a ton of random facts along the way.

Star Wars: Cloak of Deception by James Luceno

Set shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book does its best to cover events that will play a role in that story. I had been excited to dive into this one and yet I found myself encumbered by a slow plot and really nothing much going on. Sure, plenty happens in this book, but I found it never really gripped me like some of the other books in the series did. I feel like I could have skipped this one completely and not really missed much.

Mao Vol. 2 by Rumiko Takahashi

Picking up right after the end of volume 1, I was immediately engrossed in the story. The amount of world-building, character-building, and action that is packed into this single volume is a good indication of how much I will enjoy this series. In fact, I’d say I like it as much as I do her other series Inuyasha – there are some similarities between the two, such as time travel yet they are vastly different stories. We get to learn quite a bit about Nanoka and Mao along with the worlds they currently inhabit.

I really look forward to continuing this series as there is so much more yet to discover.

Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe is an author I have been meaning to read for some time. In fact, this book has sat on my shelves for a number of years.

I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. At times, I was completely sucked into the story and found his writing to be absolutely beautiful, painting a perfect picture. At other times, I struggled through sections of the book feeling bogged down by that same writing that only moments before has me thoroughly engrossed. Because of this back and forth, I can say that I found the book okay but not great. Even so, I am glad I finally picked up one of his works.

I may read more of his books in the future to see how they compare to this one.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai by Hajime Kamoshida

Though I have watched the anime series, I was ready to read the light novel of this story and see any extras or changes that were made between the original and the anime. While for the most part, it’s the same story, there are a few minor changes that do affect the story, but not in a major way. I loved getting to once again experience the story and relationship between Sakuta and Mai as they traverse high school life and the effects of the adolescent syndrome that they both deal with.

Sword Art Online Vol. 16 Alicization Exploding by Reki Kawahara

This is a volume I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while, as Asuna finally starts to have a bigger role in the story. I have seen the anime of this, so while I knew essentially what was going to happen, there are often extras to be found in the light novels. This was a very quick read, as the story has plenty of action to keep a good pace going. Not only that, we get to see a connection between the old SAO and the invaders of the Ocean Turtle project. This brings many events of this series far full circle. There is still plenty of action yet to come, and I really look forward to reading the next volume.

A Bride’s Story Vol. 12 by Karou Mori

This is a series where I am always excited about the next volume coming out. The art style is phenomenal and that alone makes it such a great book. However, the rich story is what truly makes me love this series. This particular volume focuses on the two sets of twins, their families, Mr. Smith, and his traveling companions. There are whispers of war, the struggles of running a household, and some great bonding moments among the characters. A fantastic addition to the series and has me excited to see what happens next.

Unfortunately, I can’t go into much more detail than this, as I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. All I can say is, that this series is fantastic and everyone should read it.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I’ve been eager to read this book for quite some time and finally got an audiobook copy from my library. While I have heard some mixed reviews about this one, most were positive and I looked forward to seeing what I thought of the book. I really enjoyed the concept of a person getting to experience their what-if lives to see if making or not making certain choices would have been better than their current life. Every time Nora jumped into another possibility, I was curious if it would be a disaster or in some ways better than what she had. It was interesting to see how even those lives that seemed great at first had a negative aspect to them. Also, the fact that her mental health played a role in all those lives really added a common theme to her life.

I do think that the narrator did a good job of bringing the book to life. While it would have been nice had all of the characters been given unique voices, I also don’t feel like it was 100% necessary. Especially given the relatively small character cast.

April 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 9
  • Books purchased: 1
  • Books purged: 3
  • Books DNF’d: 1

I hope you enjoyed my April 2022 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in April?


22 Comments

  1. A thesaurus for negative traits is a very clever idea. I’ll have to check out the Bride’s Story series. I loved The Midnight Library! How nice that you were able to spend so much time reading through your TBR pile. What fun! Thank you so much for sharing your April Reading Wrap-Up. It’s always a pleasure to get your diverse recommendations.

    1. Author

      Yes, all their thesauruses are a great resource for writers. Definitely check out A Bride’s Story, it is such a fantastic series. Glad to hear you also enjoyed The Midnight Library, it was such a great and unique story.

  2. I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Midnight Library. That’s one of my favorite books of all time and it truly changed my life. It always makes me happy to see other people who read and like it. Great wrap-up here!

    1. Author

      I can certainly see why it is one of your favorite books. I am going to have to buy myself a copy of it, since I know I will want to read it again.

  3. It seems like you had a great reading month! I really need to check out the thesaurus to help me with my writing x

    1. Author

      Thank you, it was a great reading month. All of their thesauruses are great, so definitely worth checking out.

    1. Author

      I did get a lot of reading done. Even though you didn’t read as much as I did, that’s okay, you can read however much you can/want.

  4. Nice to see a Star Wars book right on the Star Wars Day (May 4th) even if it sounds like not a very exciting read.

    1. Author

      Oh, I never even noticed that I posted this on Star Wars day. I think some people would enjoy but I simply didn’t.

  5. Interesting reads, I have watched anime but have never read books about them or Manga haha. I will check these suggestions. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Author

      If you enjoyed the anime then the books are worth checking out, especially the light novels.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was a really good reading month.

  6. I’ve been wanting to read Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library for a long time. But I still haven’t have that book on my shelf. That book is so hard to find at Malaysian bookstores. I’m glad you already read it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      It’s a shame you haven’t been able to find it yet. Keep looking though as it is worth reading. I hope you can find it someday. Perhaps your library can get a copy in.

  7. Wow, a really interesting mix and sounds like you had a great reading month! I loved The Midnight Library. 🙂

    1. Author

      I do tend to read a lot of different genres. Glad to hear you also enjoyed The Midnight Library, it’s such a great book.

  8. Wow! You had a productive reading month in April! I love your honest review of each book.

    I like the idea behind The Midnight Library, as we all must question the what-if possibilities in life.

    Thank you for sharing! 😊

    1. Author

      Thank you. I do try to be as honest as possible with my reviews as I feel it’s important to say what I truly felt about them. It certainly is a unique book idea and that was one of the major appeals of it.

  9. I really like to see what other people have read as it’s always good to get some variety and fresh ideas; I will have to check a few of these out!

    1. Author

      I love doing that as well. It’s a great way to find books I might have not heard of or may have otherwise overlooked. I hope you do check some of them out and enjoy them.

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