April Reading Wrap-Up

I am that person who loves data, charts, and lists. So every month, I recap what I read and what books I acquire along with anything else I think is of value or interest. Let me know if you have any ideas!

I was hoping to read more books than last month, but I again read nine books in April. I am not disappointed with that number by any means. I am, however, still behind pace for my annual reading goal. Instead of reading more this month, I participated in a number of bookish events!


Books read: 9

Pages read: 3,124

Percent female authors: 60%

Percent BIPOC authors: 40%

These charts are primarily from the Storygraph app, which is an alternative to the Amazon-owned Goodreads.

Books read

  • White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in Americas Heartland by Dick Lehr | 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐💫
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui | ⭐⭐⭐
  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld | ⭐⭐⭐💫
  • Our Best Intentions by Vibhuti Jain | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry | ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
  • Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black & White America by Julia Lee | 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
  • Camp Zero by Michelle Lin Sterling | ⭐⭐
  • The Last Word by Taylor Adams | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Rikers: An Oral History by Graham Rayman & Reuven Blau | 🎧 ⭐⭐💫

Books in progress

I started one book in April that I plan to finish in May.

  • The Half Moon by Mary Beth Keane

Books acquired

Aardvark Book Club

  • A Likely Story by Leigh McMullan Abramson
  • A Brief History of Living Forever by Jaroslav Kalfar

Book of the Month

  • Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler
  • Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
  • The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland

Gifted Physical Copies

  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • On the Line: Two Women’s Epic Fight to Build a Union by Daisy Pitkin
  • Small Joys by Elvin James Mensah
  • Pathogenesis: The History of the World in Eight Plagues by Jonathan Kennedy
  • Twelve Hours in Manhattan by Maan Gabriel
  • I Am My Country: And Other Stories by Kenan Orhan
  • Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith
  • Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America by Matika Wilbur
  • The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
  • Rogue Justice by Stacey Abrams (Pub: 5/23/23)
  • In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the U.S. Army by Charles Barber (Pub: 5/30/23)
  • Do Tell by Lindsay Lynch (Pub: 7/11/23)
  • Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery by Joseph McGill Jr. & Herb Frazier (Pub: 6/6/23)
  • Book of Queens: The True Story of the Middle Eastern Horsewomen Who Fought the War on Terror by Pardis Mahdavi (Pub: 8/22/23)
  • The Stockwell Letters by Jacqueline Friedland (Pub: 8/29/23)

NetGalley Approvals

  • Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” by Héctor Tobar (Pub: 5/9/23)
  • The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue (Pub: 6/27/23)
  • Goodbye Earl: A Revenge Novel by by Leesa Cross-Smith (Pub: 7/3/23)
  • Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen (Pub: 8/1/23)
  • The Traitor by Ava Glass (Pub: 9/19/23)
  • Pod by Laline Paull
  • The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry

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