April Wrap Up: a surprisingly good reading month

April is officially at its end! Weird how March seemed to drag on for me, and April lasted two eye blinks. I read two books in March, and promised myself April would be better. And it was!

Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare

Starting my April wrap up with one of my favorites from this month. I firmly believe that all new Shadowhunter books are better than the previous ones, and I adored this one, too! I even wrote a review for it. We have to wait so long for the sequel, but I already can’t wait to read it!


Havenfall – Sara Holland

Another one I wrote a review for. This short, but intriguing read kept my attention, but it was a little lacking here and there. I loved the world, though. The idea of multiple worlds coming together at one point in the universe is super interesting.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

I had the weird urge to reread HP7 and I don’t know why. I love books that involve a quest to retrieve hidden objects, so maybe that’s why I decided to reread it. All of the emotions I felt when I first read it were still there. I love how angsty and dark this book gets, too. Maybe I’ll watch the movie soon, too!


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Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Another favorite in this April wrap up. I really enjoyed this world and the writing. Like I said in my review, it was like the images went straight from the page into my head! It was the first book I read in my Books About Books Challenge, and I couldn’t have picked a better one to start with. I’m now just sad there won’t be another book set in this world.


The Archived – Victoria Schwab

This book was intriguing, but very slow to pick up on the plot. The characters fell a little flat for me, as I didn’t detect much of a personality. This book was more about world building. I really did enjoy the idea of the dead being stored in an archive! It was super interesting to imagine that. It was the second book of my Books About Books Challenge, and you can find my review here!


Coraline – Neil Gaiman

The last book of my April wrap up, and I finished it a few minutes before writing this post. I was in the mood for a short, fun read, and I’ve always wanted to read Coraline. This book was really enjoyable and spooky, but I personally think the movie is creepier. Maybe because then you’re forced to see all the scariness.


And that’s it for my April wrap up! How many books did you read this month? I hope everyone is staying safe!

Cover image by Hafsa Razzaq via Unsplash


  1. April 30, 2020 / 3:45 pm

    I totally agree, I can’t be believe April is already over! I read six books this month!

    • simonevanheijst
      April 30, 2020 / 9:20 pm

      Awesome! I hope all books were great reads!:)

  2. May 2, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    Such a good list! I want to read Chain of Gold but I’ve got to get through the other shadowhunters books first. And Sorcery of Thorns is such a great book!

    • simonevanheijst
      May 2, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      I loved both those books so much! There are so many Shadowhunter books at this point. One day, when there will be no more, I’m going to read them all in chronological order!

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