April Mini-Review Recap!

Alrighty then! It’s time for the itty-bitty flash reviews for the books I read in April. I read 13 books last month! Well, 13.5 if you count the book I DNF’ed. Crazy good reading month.


Fabricated 3D printing

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman – Fascinating brand new book about a really cool, exciting technology. Very readable (not a lot of technical jargon). If I had extra thousands of dollars laying around, I’d totally invest in 3D printing.

Peter Clines

Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines – Unique take on the zombie apocalypse, as it involves superheroes trying to keep the remains of humanity safe. I’m eager to read the sequel.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Love it, obviously. Finished this for the readalong, and you can see all my HP readalong posts here.

the wednesday letters

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright – Horrible and preachy. Worst book I read in April. And possibly for the whole year.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (DNF) – I think I made it about 130 pages into this book, and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish. Characters were all really whiny and annoying.


Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – Fun, short classic play that I’m kind of surprised I enjoyed. Highly recommend the “Shakespeare Made Easy” or “No Fear Shakespeare” books.


Nexus by Ramez Naam – Good sci-fi premise and I liked it more than I thought I would. Got really action-packed in the second half. Looking forward to the sequel, Crux.

the disaster diaries

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan – All the prepping! Very informative book about learning the skills to be prepared in emergency and disaster situations.

the hero's guide to saving your kingdom

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – Fun, campy kid’s book that puts a very different twist on the fairy tale genre. Goofy, quick read. Probably going to wait until my nephews are 9 or 10 to share it with them.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – Once again, of course I love it. HP readalong posts here. With so many GIFs!

brian switek

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek – Really enjoyable, knowledge-packed, and funny non-fiction book about dinosaurs. I definitely recommend it, even if you think you aren’t into dinosaurs. 

the song of achilles madeline miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Really sweet love story about Patroclus and Achilles. A bit tragic of course, ’cause it’s the ancient Greeks.

Holes Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar – So good and awesome and all the cool kids should read it. Also, the movie is perfect in that it is almost word-for-word exactly like the book.

Thursday Next

Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde – Another fantastically bizarre addition to the Thursday Next series. Fforde knows how to bring the smart and quirky.


BAM. There it is. All the April books and my tiny thoughts about them. Have you read any, or are any of these on your TBR list?




  1. I gave up on The Marriage Plot too. It was such a let down, really not what I was expecting from Jeffrey Eugenides. But then Holes is awesome and so is The Song of Achilles. What a good month you’ve had!


  2. Well done Sarah 13 books is an amazing amount to read. I read the Harry Potter series back in the day but haven’t re-read them. I have also read and loved Much Ado About Nothing. If you haven’t watched it already I highly recommend Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film adaptation. Its lush, hilarious, and jam packed full of stars.


  3. You read some bitchin’ books in April 🙂 One of these days I’d really like to try some of those Shakespeare books you’ve mentioned. I feel that I’m so lacking in that arena but the original plays would whoop me. Here’s to an amazing May~!


    1. I definitely recommend those easy-to-read Shakespeare plays. They have the original text on the left side, and a current-langue translation on the right side. I’d NEVER be able to finish a whole Shakespeare play otherwise. Dude made no sense sometimes.


  4. Okay, so I’m pretty sure they 3-D printed on the Big Bang Theory in order to make action figures of themselves. . .

    Good job getting all of those books read (especially The Song of Achilles since it’s one of my favs even though it doesn’t sound like it was one of yours but that’s okay because I didn’t write it so I’m not offended 😉 )


    1. LOL yeah I think I remember that! Yay for 3D printing on popular tv shows 🙂

      I did really like The Song of Achilles, but I don’t think it’s one I’ll rave about. It was a good read though :o)


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