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April Reading Wrap-Up:

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I guess I should start by saying: I’m sorry.

Not to be dramatic or owt, but April was a tough month for me. I didn’t find pleasure from the things that often comfort me. I couldn’t read or write. I was drowning in university work (I still am). I finally decided to cut someone out of my life who once meant the world to me, but had only started to see me as a thing to use when and as he pleased. But I am much happier now, and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on the books I read last month.

As I mentioned, I didn’t really want to read, so I only managed to get through three books, but that’s better than nothing, right?


Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare | 5 stars:

The last book in The Infernal Devices trilogy by the one and only Cassandra Clare. I can’t really give a synopsis without spoiling the other two books, so let’s just say there’s lots of angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, love triangles, and adventure! This trilogy is very dear to my heart.

I thought this was such a gooooood finale to the trilogy. It rounded everything off nicely, and I wasn’t too mad about the ending (unlike the first time I read it – 17 year old Lauren was unhappy). I will miss being with Tessa and Will, as they’re such great characters, but I’m sure I’ll be reunited with them soon in my TMI reread and Chain of Gold (when it finally comes out)! If you haven’t read this series already, then what are you doing? Like, seriously, The Best YA Trilogy out there.


Nelly Dean by Alison Case | 4 stars:

This was actually a re-read for me. I read it last summer, but I’m currently writing an essay on it and needed to highlight some relevant quotes. I’m glad I got to be back with Case’s Nelly, though. This is essentially a re-telling of Wuthering Heights but, instead of focusing on Cathy and Heathcliff, etc., it tells the history of our beloved narrator: Ellen Dean.

Honestly, I think Case did a fantastic job at writing this. It felt authentic, but it also felt like her own take on Nelly. I love what she did with Nelly’s character, and I think her idea of how Nelly’s life was/is at the Heights was very persuasive. There were only a couple of issues (the second to last chapter, for example), but I can definitely overlook that for the sheer brilliance of the story! A must for fans of WH!


‘Thrawn Janet’ by Robert Louis Stevenson | 3 stars:

Janet is accused of witchcraft and is drowned as a result. But that’s not the last of her yet, as she comes back all hagged and deformed to haunt the man who subjected her to such cruelty.

I read this for my upcoming dissertation on Victorian witches! It was a very fun little story, but it was definitely problematic at times (racist and misogynistic)! Stevenson could have expanded the story a little, spending more time on Janet as a malevolent witch, but what can you do? I would definitely recommend it for those interested in witches, and it’s only 13 pages!


…and there you have it, my *very small* April reading wrap-up. Not my best month – probably my worst since 2017 – but I still managed to cast away the sad thoughts for a couple of moments to find some form of pleasure in reading. I’m so thankful that reading has provided me a way to cope with stressful situations. And I’m much happier to be back in my reading mood!

What was your favourite book of April? Should I add it to my ever-growing TBR (probs not, but oh well…)? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, Lauren X

4 thoughts on “April Reading Wrap-Up:

  1. Nice list! You got me intrigued with “Thrawn Janet”. I have not heard of that one from Robert Louis Stevenson. My favourite book of April so far is “When Rain Clouds Gather”, a modern classic and a moving story set in Africa. I hope May treats you better! 🙂

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