This post gives a list of my favorite books I read in April 2018. It definitely shows my bias towards contemporary romance and fantasy YA rereads. I am marking the audiobooks with an (A). I read very little this past month; most of it was audiobooks and rereads. April was a rough month and a big writing month for me, and both lend themselves to not much reading.
I link to reviews where I have written them; and also where I have only posted trigger warnings, so you can easily find those. (I wrote few reviews in April.)
I’m listing rep at the end of my descriptions. If you spot something incorrect, please do feel free to let me know. Also, I am not intending to out anyone; I get author info from the web and the book bio. If an author would like me to remove any info listed, please do let me know. I want to note that I use the word fat as a neutral descriptor when listing rep, and use the word queer when a character or author identify that way or when I am unclear about their identity but know they fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.
For folks looking for stories with no on-the-page sex, I am putting three asterisks*** at the end of the description.
- Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (contemporary m/f romance) I enjoyed this tropetastic romance full of fun, heat, and humor. Brother’s best friend, roommates to lovers, fake relationship tropes make for a lovely ride, and I fell hard for both the MCs. This feels a bit like an NA romance in that both MCs have arcs around their identities managing family expectations, and their careers. I liked that, and appreciated the complex family dynamics and the bits at the wedding in particular. (Rep: Black man MC. Black woman secondary character. Latinx secondary characters. Latinx woman author.)
- Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert (contemporary m/f romance) I really loved this friends to lovers romance. It felt like it went really deep, and was extremely satisfying and complex. It has beaten out my other favorites by this author and is her standout, thus far, in my opinion. One of the best books I’ve read in 2018. (Rep: Fat Black British bisexual or pansexual heroine. Desi biracial Muslim hero. Black autistic queer woman author.)
- Playing With Desire by Reese Ryan (contemporary m/f romance) One night stand turns summer fling, but those pesky feelings…and what will happen when he finds out that she never told him she was a single mom and her kids come back from visiting their dad. A trope filled fun romp, hit the spot on a hard day. (Rep: Afro Latinx heroine. Black multiracial British hero. Black woman author.)
- Six String Sass by Leigh Landry (contemporary m/f romance) This was lovely, and fun. I cared about the heroine a lot, and enjoyed the arc of this romance, liked the complexity in their interactions. Definitely going to check out other books by this author. (Rep: Bisexual heroine.)
- Better Bondage for Every Body by Evie Vane. I read a couple chapters in this, to research for a story, and found the one for bigger bodies especially useful. I like the format and the way the author integrated community voices and gorgeous photos.
- Dragonsong and Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (scifantasy) I liked re-approaching these after a long way away. It was clear why I loved them so much as a kid. And I have so many complex feelings about the disability representation. For me the joy in these two stories is watching Menolly compose and think about music, witnessing her relationship with her fire lizards, and the details of life at the Harper Hall. (Rep: Disabled trauma survivor MC.)***
- The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (A) (fantasy m/f romance) I really like the audiobooks of this series centering three brothers who are opening an inn that’s haunted by a friendly ghost who needs their help, more than the print version, actually. The acting is wonderful and the pace really suits me. This is my least favorite in the series, but it’s still enjoyable and soothing.
- Page by Tamora Pierce (A) (fantasy YA) I like the audio for this series a lot, its a comfort reread for me, and there were days this month when this book was exactly what I needed and the audio of it was the only thing I was up for reading. I do like Squire the best out of this series, but this one hit the spot in April.***
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (fantasy YA) This reread was exactly what I needed at a time when I wasn’t able to read much of anything. I am not sure I’m up for rereading the whole series, but this was nice, especially since I know where the fat hating parts are and could just skip them.***
May TBR (I likely won’t get to all of these, but it’s nice to have goals)
- The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman
- A Dash of Heat by Christina C Jones
- Grounded by Aidan Wayne
- Brunch at Ruby’s by DL White
- Love Has No Expiration by C.S. Poe
- Short Soup by Colleen Kwan
- Chef Cutegirl by Nicolette Dane
- Decadent Dreams by AC Arthur
- Syncopation by Anna Zabo
- Before Daylight by Andie J. Christopher
- Abroad by Liz Jacobs
- The Fling by Rebekah Weatherspoon
- Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction ed by Bogi Takács
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
- Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
- Like Water by Rebecca Podos
- Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn
- Start Here ed by Ronald S. Lim and Brigitte Bautista
- Rogue Hearts anthology
- Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
- Knights Erring by Jason Half
- Autumn by Cole McCade
- Making Up by Lucy Parker
- A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra
- Riven by Roan Parrish
- From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon