How are we four months down in the year already? I remember when it was New Years!!! I am really finding my reading groove now and I am loving it! It is so much more relaxing spending my lunchtimes reading a book than mindlessly scrolling through social.
Here are the books I have crossed off my TBR this month:
35. Point of No Return (Turning Point #1) by N R Walker (NSFW) ⭐⭐⭐
The latest book from N R Walker I picked up follows main character Matthew Elliot who is one of LA’s finest detectives. He is smart, touch and a closeted gay man. For years he has been able to hold this from his peers until one day he meets the new boxing coach Kira who his fellow cops know as Frankie. Matt and Kira work to make their relationship work whilst hiding it from their colleagues, but their colleagues really aren’t who they should be worried about finding out. The bad guys, use this information to their advantage and as leverage to get what they want! His deepest, darkest secret is out but when Kira’s life is used as leverage does Matt really care anymore?!?
36. Things I’m Seeing without You by Peter Bognanni ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Now this one took me to tries to get into but I absolutely adored it once I got into the flow of it. The story follows our main character Tess who had been talking to a guy named Jonah through texts, tweets and emails. She fell in love with him and when she finds out that he has died by suicide her world falls apart. She finds herself giving with her estranged father whilst her mothers is off gallivanting to exotic places. He runs a funeral business and helps her come to terms with her loss. There is a major twist in this novel about half way through which brings in a boy named Daniel and seeing the relationship between him and Tess evolve, change and develop is pretty darn great. TW – Suicide, Drugs, Alcohol, Death
37. Breaking Point (Turning Point #2) by N R Walker (NSFW) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
38. Starting Point (Turning Point #3) by N R Walker (NSFW) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely adored the final two instalments of this series. Particularly Book 2 when Matt goes undercover at a Cage Fighting Ring to try and stop a drug dealer, unbeknownst to Kira. I absolutely adore this pairing and have loved watching their journey and all the drama that follows our fave police officer and boxing coach.
39. Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This has been on my TBR for so long and I am so glad I finally read it! It was a bit of slow burner and took me a while to get into it but I really enjoyed it. The story follows a group of Superfans of the TV show WizKids and in particular the TV show’s star Cash Carter. When they jokingly invite him to come and join them on their cross country road trip they are shocked when he actually takes them up on their offer. Cash isn’t exactly what they expected him to be and this journey of a lifetime for the fans means a lot more to Cash than meets the eye.
40. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I adored this book. Audrey is so over romance, her parents relationship has imploded and she takes a cinema job just to get out of the house and escape the family drama. At the cinema she meets film-maker and bad boy Harry. I absolutely adored this book and really enjoyed seeing the relationship between the two evolve. It was also great to see that the book shows you that just because a romance doesn’t look the way they do in the movies doesn’t mean it isn’t just as epic and life changing. But I do love how there are still some familiar tropes in there you can get invested with. Bourne is fast becoming one of my fave contemporary authors.
41. Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon ⭐⭐⭐
This is not a self help book, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Bryony shares her experiences with mental illness the best way she knows how being raw, honest and hilariously funny. Detailing her dealings with OCD, depression and bulimia, we delve into exactly how she became the woman she is today and all the obstacles that she has faced. It is super relatable and at quite a few points I was like ‘mmm me too’. This was a very engaging read – which is unusual for me as I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. I am hoping through documentation like this that mental health books will become more prominent in the coming years.
That’s a wrap on April’s reads. What have you been reading this month? let me know in the comments below.
Until Next Time,
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