My Monthly Book Picks!

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Happy April! For me, the quarterly slump has very much set in - March was a bit of a bust in terms of reading and so my April is going to be easing me back into reading with some easy reads and just taking it slow. I hope this will give you some fab slump-busting books if you're feeling the same and I've also shared some of my fav new releases I can't wait to get round to picking up.  Happy reading! 

April TBR 

I mentioned reading this one last month but I didn't get round to it. I've decided to listen to the audiobook this month and so far I'm loving it. If you missed it last month, I was recommended this one by a friend and it seems like a fun step into the paranormal literature but sticking to my well-loved YA roots. Yadriel is determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family. With the help of his cousin Maritza, he performs a ritual and sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, he actually summons Julian Diaz - the school's bad boy who is determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. It leaves Yadriel no choice but to help Julian out. This is a YA romance with a supernatural twist - I think this is going to be a fun read!
This book includes six essays on the experience of lockdown by Zadie Smith. She shares her own thoughts and the feelings that lockdown provoked in herself. The synopsis doesn't give much detail going into this but from the reviews I've heard, it included some great personal essays, worth the read!  
I read the first volume last year and I think a reading slump calls for me picking up the second volume in this graphic novel series. This is actually a collection of the shorter volumes in one deluxe edition, covering Paper Girls #11-20. Paper Girls is basically the retro and extra-terrestrial elements of Stranger Things mixed with time travel and even more shenanigans that the 4 paper girls get caught up in! A really fun graphic novel read.


April release radar! 

I couldn't find many new releases that interest me this month, but there are definitely loads out there! You can see more books to have on your radar right here at Waterstones.

She's back! With another summer, easy read for us all to devour and storm through. Addie and her sister are about to set off on an epic road trip to Scotland for their friend's wedding. But, not long after setting off, a car drives into the back of them. The driver is no other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's been avoiding for two years since their messy break-up. Dylan and his friend are heading to the same wedding and with their car beyond repair, Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. Stuck together for the next four hundred miles, it's going to be impossible to avoid confronting what really happened for their relationship to end the way it did. To me, this doesn't sound like the adorable, meet-cute energy that her previous books have had but, that doesn't mean I won't be picking it up very soon!

Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever. Within just three hours he's dead. This mysterious illness is soon sweeping through the halls of the hospital, and before they know it, it has spread across the globe. But, what's strange is that the victims are all men. Can they work to find a cure before it's too late?  

This debut novel is a dystopian story but seems eerily relevant to today's events. If it sounds like your cup of tea, it's out at the end of the month!