Month of Romance and Notion

April 2022 Wrap Up – Month of Romance and Notion!

Hello readers! I hope you all had an amazing April. My month was good and I did two things most in April, read more romance books and used Notion extensively or should I say more than usual, hence the title Month of Romance and Notion. I hope you didn’t think I meant anything related to the romantic notion. So here is my month in reading and life…

Month of Romance and Notion

Highlights of the Month

5 yrs blog anniversary It was great to spend these many years on this blog and share this milestone with you all.

Watched Bridgerton 2 – it was enjoyable show even with little lack of research from the creator.

I got the idea for rolling reviews for Twitter making twitter thread of my thoughts on book.

I read more google discover posts this month! It was interesting to find different content than one I regularly read through WP reader.

I’m finally using Notion regularly. After trying many note-taking apps. It finally worked for me. Now I use it to dump everything from ideas to notes while reading to keep track of month and books.

I tried audiobooks. Can you believe it? After listing many points why I wouldn’t read Audiobooks I finally gave it a serious try. My experience still supports some of these points (that’s the topic for another time, I guess I will write a post on it) but in general, it’s not that bad.

We had a family get-together to see my brother’s marriage album and we all had so much fun.

We planned to visit our in-laws in May end. I might be going on hiatus, I’ll announce when the dates are nearer.

Reading Stats

Books Read 8
Pages read 2703
Best Book – Obsidio

Books I read

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Obsidio is a thrilling rollercoaster ride and fantastic wrap up of The Illuminae Files trilogy. This was of the best Sci-Fi series I ever read. I enjoyed reading this with Toni and we had fun discussing the characters and themes. Review will be up this month.

historical fiction on real historical figure

The mad girls of New York by Maya Rodale

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Mad Girls of New York is fantastic, motivating and inspiring first book in Nellie Bly series that revolves around how Nellie Bly started her investigative journalist career by going undercover as a patient at notorious insane asylum for women on Blackwell’s Island to get the inside story. Best part of the story is Blackwell’s asylum and theme and layers. Check out my full review HERE.

Set On You by Amy Lea

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Set on You is fun and inspiring romcom that revolves around Crystal, a fitness instructor and Instagram influencer for curvy women who realizes self-love is a constant journey and having swolemate by her side makes that journey easier, happier, and more beautiful. The best part is theme and I loved author kept it center of the story. I loved Crystal’s Instagram posts. I loved what she said about body positivity in all her posts. Review will be up this week.

emotive and surprising romance

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary is a realistic, relatable, and utterly emotive and surprising romance that revolves around three women who were stood up on Valentine’s Day by the same man they have feelings for. What I loved most apart from these female protagonists and Joseph’s mystery is their support system. Check out my full review HERE.

Seatmate (Love Lines, #3) by Cara Bastone

Rating: 4 out of 5.

First audiobook and first time I read series out of order. Seatmate is fluffy and fun romance that revolves around Gwen and her handsome seatmate Sam, traveling from Boston to NY, getting to know each other, and becoming more than just friends during their 5 hrs journey. Best part of this is a full cast of narrators and they did an amazing job.  Review will be up this month.

Call Me Maybe (Love Lines, #1) by Cara Bastone

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Call Me Maybe is fun and lovely romance that revolves around Vera virtually meeting Kal through customer service call that lasts more than few minutes and soon that call turns into more than just friendship. Best part of the book is Vera’s Date-in-a-Box subscription idea, narration, and there are surprising turns. Review will be up this month.

hilarious sexy romcom

Business Not As Usual by Sharon C. Cooper

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Business Not as Usual is fluffy, fun, and heartwarming romcom that revolves around leading characters Dreamy Daniels and Karter Redford, with their different bakcgrounds andat different level of life tries to cross the bridge of their different socioeconomic backgrounds with their growing attraction and feelings that might turn out their biggest investment of life. Best part is many laugh-out-loud moments, unbelievable yet surprising turn near climax and the layer of of workaholic lifestyle and how it can affect badly, the importance of having relaxing time and work-life balance. Check out my full review HERE.

thriller on cyberterrorism

Zero day by Hussain S. Zaidi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Zero Day is an intriguing thriller that revolves around DDoS attacks in Maharastra and ATS team trying to catch the hacker behind attacks. Author kept the focus on the best part of the story, the plot and suspense. Another thing that liked most is the technical aspect and police sytem and their work. Cyber terminologies and its description in layman’s language is interesting to read. Check out my full review HERE.

Reviews I Post

  1. At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha
  2. If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher 
  3. Business Not As Usual by Sharon C. Cooper
  4. The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page
  5. Zero day by Hussain S. Zaidi
  6. The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
  7. The mad girls of New York by Maya Rodale

Discussion Posts

  1. 5 Years of Book Blogging!
  2. 7 Reasons Why I Enjoy Reading Book Blogs

Blog Stats

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Visits – 2372
Comments – 295

Links I enjoyed

5 asian adult fantasies to add to your tbr @ it’s just a coffee addicted bibliophile

portrait of a thief arc review @ a fictional bookworm

What is Space Opera? The Best Diverse Space Opera Books & Literary Themes & The Myth of Universality in Literature @ Bookish Brews

30 Best Romance Novels for Adults @ the wordy habitat

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy @ bookertalk

Being a “Bad Art Friend” – An Unpleasant New Writing Trend or a Tale as Old as Time? @ The orangutan librarian

Is the Hype Around New Releases Merited? @ booksophobias

Quality vs Quantity in Blogging @ the wordy habitat

Plans for this month

Nothing much! I have two or three priority reads.
I might start a new series.
It’s summer vacation in my kid’s school so we registered her for summer camp.
We are going to visit my in-laws and I plan to buy books.

Thank you for reading! Let’s chat..,

How was your month?
Have you read any of these books or plan to?

What are your plans for May?

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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


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