April Reading Wrap-up

I read 13 books in April, including my two audiobooks. Two were audio books, four were given to me specifically to review, one was sent to me by a fantastic fellow blogger, one was for book club, and the rest I just picked up because they sounded interesting. There are two more books that I began in April, but since one I just finished and the other I’m only half way through, they will count for May. Here’s the basic rundown of what I read and reviewed. At the bottom you’ll find my top pick for the month…

My Reading Wrap-up for April


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (audiobook)

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (audiobook) – review coming soon

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Historical Fiction

The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker (LibraryThing Early Reviewer book)

Queen of Shadows by Edith Felbar

The Last Queen: A Novel by C.W. Gortner

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Two Brothers: One North, One South (LibraryThing Early Reviewer book)

Alternative History (Fiction)

Eleanor Vs. Ike by Robin Gerber


Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen

A Year Without ‘Made in China’ by Sara Bongiorni (book club book)


Franklin and Lucy by Joseph Perino (LibraryThing Early Reviewer book)

Historical Genesis by Richard Fischer (ReaderViews Review Book)

Top Pick for the Month:

The Last Queen cover

C.W. Gortner’s “The Last Queen” is a novel of Juana of Castile, also known as ‘Juana la Loca’. Gortner is very sympathetic to Juana and writes her fantastically. This is a wonderful novel of a woefully overlooked and maligned Queen. See my full review here.

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6 Responses to “April Reading Wrap-up”

  1. Literate Housewife Says:

    I love this post and I’m going to steal it! 🙂 Thanks for the shout outs, too. My list is not going to be as long as yours, but what a great idea to recap everything and provide links. It’s much easier than scrolling through a month’s worth of material – especially when the blogger is a reading maniac like you.

    Have a great weekend!!!!!

  2. Devourer of Books Says:

    I wish I could take credit for it, but it is just another idea stolen from Natasha at Maw Books. I do think it is a great idea, though. And I hope the shout outs led people to check out all the other great blogs I read!

  3. Megan Says:

    Quite impressive, Jen! As for “The Double Bind,” you can have my copy, if you want it. I was going to get rid of it, anyway… 🙂

  4. Devourer of Books Says:

    Well I wouldn’t say no to that!

  5. lisamm Says:

    My goodness, you are quite the prolific reader! I’m lucky if I finish 6 books a month.

  6. Erin Says:

    Wow, 13 books. I only read 6!

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