If you read my March reading wrap up then you know I was seriously in a reading rut! I am happy to report that April was filled with loads of good books that I can’t wait to share with you. There are also a lot of new releases this month that I am excited about! You can check them out here.
Everything I Read in April 2023
The Writing Retreat: I had heard a lot of buzz about this fast-paced thriller and found myself unable to put it down. The main character, Alex, is a little down on her luck and basically given up her dreams of writing. When famous horror writer Roza Vallo hosts an exclusive writing retreat, Alex thinks she has finally gotten a break! But when the attendees arrive things go awry. I won’t share much more because no spoilers here, but if you enjoy psychological suspense and dark female friendships you will be obsessed.
Stone Cold Fox: this is the year of the con I think, last year was the year of heist-themed books and shows. A debut thriller that is unnerving till the last page. Bea is determined to put an end to her previous life, after years of following her mother’s orders to con men. Bea knows her worth and when she sets her sites on boring Collin Case of the 1% it seems she’s found her answers.
Romantic Comedy: this month’s Literary League book club pick was SO GOOD! This book is truly the modern-day romantic comedy we deserve. This book follows an experienced comedy writer who works for a fictional version of SNL. She has basically sworn off love until a dreamy pop star is the host for the week. Trigger warning this book does take place between 2018 and 2020 and COVID is a big part of the storyline. I didn’t find this upsetting as much as a good reflection of the time.
I also think this is an extremely timely read given the writers’ strike that is currently happening. This book does a great job of showing the grueling work that it takes to be a writer!
The Guest: Random House kindly sent this book for me to review before it comes out this month and it is the perfect beach read. If beach read to you means a little unsettling, an unreliable narrator, and an unlikeable main character that you still root for.
Happy Place: I don’t even know what to write about Happy Place, Emily Henry can do no wrong in my book. This book is far and away her best book and to be clear her other books are my top recommended books and favorite stories to revisit. However, Happy Place dives into complicated friendships, people pleasing, and of course love.