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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

April 2023 | In Review

Admittedly, books have not been on my list of priorities recently seeing as I am posting my April review at the end of May...I have been hyper-focused on gaming instead, but better late than never! It took a while to get through the books I wanted to read, seeing as I started out the month with a chunky one, but I had a pretty successful reading month overall. There were a good amount of books I enjoyed reading, including something I actually rated 5 stars.

Without further ado, onto the statistics!


I read 6 books and 1 novella for a grand total of 7 titles and 2,388 pages. I am also currently still reading Season 3 of The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke's Mansion (going on three months now...).

If you want to check out my reviews, click on the pink links! Reviews for titles not linked can be found on my Goodreads page. Now, here are all the titles I read this month:


Again, seeing how I am doing this review almost a month after the fact, I can't quite remember whether or not I DNFed anything. I don't think I did though which is quite surprising.








The fact that I had no two-star ratings this month is a win in and of itself. This pretty much never happens, and it makes this month even more incredible coupled with the fact that I also have a 5-star book. April really did me well.



Fantasy - 2

Fiction - 1

Horror/Thriller - 2

Mystery/Thriller - 1

Pretty even spread this month, though not the most diverse seeing as I read only four genres, most of which overlapped as well. I did read a fictional book which doesn't happen often since that genres only strikes my fancy every once and a while (though it did happen to be my 5-star read).


Best of the Month - A Day of Fallen Night

Most Surprising - Sweet Bean Paste

Worst of the Month - The Salt Grows Heavy

Most Disappointing - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow


Take this section with a grain of salt, because none of these books were bad, even the ones I slotted as worst and most disappointing. As I said earlier on, I had a pretty good reading month, and I enjoyed pretty much everything I read; to some varying degrees but nothing I disliked. The Salt Grows Heavy I was pretty meh about, but I was expecting to hate it so I still take that as a win. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow again wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be, but I really enjoyed one aspect of the book.

I put Sweet Bean Paste as the most surprising despite it being the highest rated because I wasn't expecting it to move me emotionally the way that it did. That leaves A Day of Fallen Night as the best since it better have been considering that it was almost 900 pages.

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