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April 2020 Book Recommendations

April 2020 Book Recommendations: What to Read & What to Skip

It’s mid-month so it’s time to round up my April 2020 book recommendations! There are two April 2020 new releases included in this book list. Plus a few hits from last year and a series that I’m absolutely adoring.

Most of my April 2020 book recommendations are hits that you should definitely read! I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.

As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my April 2020 book recommendations.

I’m linking up with Jana Says /Life According to Steph and Modern Mrs Darcy as usual to share what we read this month!

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April 2020 Book Recommendations

Physical Books:

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

In a rare scenario, I actually received a physical ARC of this book from the publisher! I recently read The Friend Zone and was thrilled to discover there was a sequel coming out in April 2020! In The Happy Ever After Playlist, Jimenez picks up the story with Sloane, who is still reeling from her loss two years later. When a dog literally jumps into her car, she begins healing and opening up her heart again while searching for his owner.

This story is full of depth yet nails the witty banter. I loved every second of it. It’s a must read for contemporary fiction fans and worth picking up even if you’re not normally into that genre! 5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date April 14, 2020)

 

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

A fellow bookstagrammer and I swapped books by throwing them through a car window so we could get our hands on two recent releases! I gave her The Happy Ever After Playlist and she let me borrow Oona. This book has the undeniably unique concept of a woman waking up each New Year’s Day in a different stage of her life. She never knows how old she’ll be, but must adapt to her current situation and learn to live each year to it’s fullest.

Ultimately, I think this was a slightly too big topic to handle in a fairly short book?? I wish I had read more years to get to know Oona even better and see how her life played out! When that’s the biggest complaint, you know it’s a good book! Ultimately though, I was left wanting more so I dropped it down to 3.5 stars. 3.5 Stars | Amazon | Book Depository

 

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves

I participated in a blog tour for this book, so I needed to read it by a certain date. Unfortunately that meant this was a good book at the wrong time. With everything going on, I’m in the mood for fun, escapist reads that lift my spirits. The Silent Treatment is an excellent book (and a debut no less!) but it’s heavvvvyyy. There are a ton of trigger warnings for miscarriage, suicide, drugs, depression, etc and I couldn’t handle that right now. 3.5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date April 7, 2020)

 

Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Drake

A #bookstagram made me do it read. Unfortunately this wasn’t a great choice for me. It’s a historical romance that features a woman fighting for the right to vote going up against a traditional Duke. In the end, I thought this focused too much on a forced relationship between these two and not enough on the issues. To be fair, it is a romance so that’s perfectly justified! It was just a bit too much romance for me. 3 Stars | Amazon 

 

 

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eBooks (reading from Netgalley / Kindle Unlimited / Library):

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

I’m a recent Katherine Center convert, which makes me so excited to read the rest of her backlist! The only other book I’ve read was Things You Save in a Fire from last year, but I wanted to take a gamble on her 2020 new release. So far she’s 2/2! What You Wish For is a love story in so many different ways. At it’s heart, it’s a bunch of teachers trying to save a beautiful, creative school from a hard-ass new principal.

Throughout the pages, it also turns into a story about dealing with grief and fear and opening your heart to new ways to love. I honestly adored it and was so excited to pick it up and read every night. 5 Stars | Amazon

 

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

A rare contemporary romance where the couple is already married! After Gavin discovers his wife has been faking a very personal part of their marriage, the resulting fight leads to talk of divorce. When he’s approached by a teammate to join a romance book club to help save his marriage, he couldn’t be more surprised. The guys use tips from the books they read to maintain their relationships.

This was a cute story of a man fighting for his wife in an unorthodox manner. It’s a quick read with a lot of heart and deserves the massive amount of hype surrounding it. I’m looking forward to Book 2 as well! 4 Stars | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

It’s no secret that I shout my love for the Inspector Gamache series whenever I can. You won’t find many murder mysteries here on this blog, but I make one exception for Louise Penny. This was easily the most difficult book in the series to read so far. There is an intense grief throughout the entire novel that is impossible to shake. It weaves into the current investigation at every turn. Her writing and the development of a connection to the characters is unparalleled.

While this wasn’t my favorite book of the series, I still highly recommend giving it a shot. I hear the books get even better as they go on too! 3.5 Stars | Amazon

 

 

Audio Books (listening on Kindle Unlimited / Audible):

My commute is nonexistent so I haven’t been listening to any audiobooks! Anyone else struggling with this??

 

 

Reading Tracker Analysis (Data: Jan – Present)

Since I created my Reading Tracker (available for $5 in my store), I thought it’d be fun to showcase a few of the graphs each month. I’m an accountant, so books + Excel is my dream combo 🙂

I think a lot of you will relate to the first chart I’m sharing. As you can see, my reading declined significantly in March and is just starting to pick back up through the first half of April. The adjustment to quarantine life was tough and the amount of time I dedicated to reading took a nosedive at the end of March. Thankfully we’re settling into our new routine and I’m reading more lighthearted, fun books now!

 

 

Along those same lines, my graph showing # of books read by genre makes it clear what I’ve been into this year! Rom coms & chick lit galore!!!! Most of these probably fall specifically in the contemporary romance genre. I’m craving these cute love stories.

 

 

Did you read any 5 star books in March or April?

 

If you’d like to analyze your reading or you’re tired of tracking books with Goodreads, check out my Reading Tracker!

 

 

 

For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in March 2020!

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    April 13, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve still been listening to audiobooks, but it is harder to get through them without my commute. I really have to look for opportunities to listen. I also recently read Bringing Down the Duke – I feel like maybe I didn’t really understand what it was about going in, because it was way more traditional romance than I expected!

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    Allison | My Novel Life
    April 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    The Happily Ever After Playlist sounds good! I’ll have to add it to my TBR. I love that you swapped books through a car window. Too funny!

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      Rachel Kamery
      April 13, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Desperate times haha! And yes it’s a great read!

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    Carly
    April 14, 2020 at 7:04 am

    What You Wish For is the first book I’ve read by Katherine Center and I loved it too. I have a few others on my TBR that I’ll probably prioritize for the rest of the year now. Oona was a DNF for me, I couldn’t quite get into it, even though it was an interesting concept.

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      Rachel Kamery
      April 14, 2020 at 7:08 am

      I’m hoping to read more of hers this year too! I can definitely understand DNFing Oona – it took me a while to get into it…

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    Confuzzled Bev
    April 14, 2020 at 8:39 am

    What You Wish For sounds really good. I want to read the Oona book. The concept is so fascinating.

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    sara
    April 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I’ve been trying to still listen to audiobooks during walks / runs and while I’m knitting, but losing my commute has made me fall far behind in my podcasts, too, so I’m def struggling. Also a huge Louise Penny fan but agree that was a tough one, although couldn’t stop turning the pages.

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    ShootingStarsMag
    April 14, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Not a bad reading month! I have The Bromance Book Club that I hope to read soon. It sounds like a goodie!!

    -Lauren

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    Jana @ Jana Says
    April 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I enjoyed What You Wish For a lot

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    Tiffany
    April 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    I also took a hit on my audiobooks. I’m stuck in the middle of American Dirt thanks to the loss of my commute. Thankfully, my book club has moved online and now that I have a due date I feel like I am motivated to push through. Just found your site and I love what you’re doing, everything is so easy to find!

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    SMD
    April 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Throwing books out the car window to exchange…I dig it.

    I have that Katherine Center from Netgalley to get to.

    A physical ARC is amazing! That never happens for me.

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    Julie
    April 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Oona Out of Order is on my to-read list…one day I’ll get to it!

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    kristen
    April 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    i’m having the opposite problem with audiobooks, my commute is so short normally that it takes me forever to get through audiobooks. but now i am listening to audiobooks at home while doing monotonous work tasks and i’m tearing through them. it’s super weird but i’m not complaining lol. such a bummer about Oona, i keep hearing mixed things and i am on the fence… i’m curious though. i’m really excited about the new abby jimenez book!

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    Erin Gray
    April 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Katherine Center and now I feel like I’m missing out on something that everyone else knows is great. Will definitely need to have a look.

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      Rachel Kamery
      April 14, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      Go give her a shot!! You’ll love her!

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    Becki
    April 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve seen a couple recommendations for The Happily Ever After Playlist – need to add that to my list 🙂 Oona Out of Order sounds like a really interesting concept! Thanks for sharing – take care of you and yours.

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      Rachel Kamery
      April 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      Yes you should! I’m so happy to see so many other bloggers and bookstagrammers enjoying it and sharing their positive reviews too!

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    Kristin
    April 15, 2020 at 6:44 am

    I love your data trackers!

    I can’t do Katherine Center. I’ve tried 2 books and meh. I feel like such a rebel saying that: no one in book/blogland feels that way! 🙂

    • Reply
      Rachel Kamery
      April 15, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Hahaha you might be the first I’ve heard to not love her! But I’m all for differing opinions. Gives perspective and keeps things interesting!

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    Jill K
    April 15, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Love Louise Penny!

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    Linda Stoll
    April 15, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I’m keeping my reading light and easy these days. Rachel … nothing heavy or ponderous

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      Rachel Kamery
      April 15, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Same here! Seems like lots of us are in the same mood 🙂

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    Stacie @SincerelyStacie
    April 15, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I’m intrigued by The Silent Treatment, but thanks for the heads up on the heaviness of it. May not be the time for me to read it, but I’ve added it to my list.

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    Christine
    April 15, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    You know me lately: I have been actively seeking out amazing fluffy reads. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
    sounds adorable and perfect. Sign me up! I recently requested What You Wish For by Katherine Center on NetGalley, too. I’m glad you enjoyed it–I’ve heard mostly wonderful things.

    • Reply
      Rachel Kamery
      April 15, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Both of them are perfect reads for right now! Hope you get approved for What You Wish For!

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    Elena Wiggins
    April 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    I keep hearing about What You Wish for and am bummed I have to wait until July for it to release!!! It sounds like just the kind of book I want to read right now!

    My March books are linked if interested!

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