April Wrap Up #monthinreview #orangecountyreads

“No amount of money ever bought a second of time.” – Tony Stark (Avengers: Endgame)

“What do we say to the god of death?” “Not today.” – Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)

April 2019 Wrap Up

This was a great month for books AND film and TV. Besides GOT, I’m streaming Bosch on Amazon and Killing Eve on BBC and wowza!

How was your reading month? Did you have any memorable reads? Did you see Endgame? 😢

I read 1️⃣1️⃣ Books in April.

1️⃣0️⃣ Fiction 1️⃣ Nonfiction

⬇️4️⃣ from March

I posted 6️⃣ Book Reviews (Links go to my reviews.)

Little Lovely Things | When We Left Cuba | The Last Romantics | Things You Save In a Fire | The Summer Cottage | The Mother In Law

I had 2️⃣ DNF books this month.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Meet Me at The Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Its hard to say whether it was the wrong timing but I just couldn’t get into either one.

Most Popular Post This Month

Top Ten Reasons to Pick Up A Book

TOTAL 🆕 POSTS 2️⃣0️⃣

⬇️5️⃣ from March

My FAVORITE 🆕 read this month was: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms. Click here for my review!

Book Haul

I was semi responsible this month. My purchases this month:

The End of Your Life Bookclub, My Reading Life, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Last Year of The War, The Only Woman In The Room, When We Left Cuba, As You Wish By Cary Elwes, What to Eat with What You Read

In addition, I was fortunate to receive a generous pile of book-mail this month. It’s a big compliment to know I’ve been trusted to help promote new books and authors.

Thank you 🙏 authors, publishers and friends!


– 213 Blog followers through Email and/or WordPress

– 1,732 Instagram (Bookstagram) followers

– 3,545 Twitter followers

– 70% Netgalley Feedback Ratio

Southern California Events 🎉

This weekend I’ll be at Y’all West and I’m really excited. It’s my first time going and the first keynote speaker is Angie Thomas!

Also coming up this month: Stephen Rowley, Janna King, Angie Kim and more!

Click over to the events page to see what’s coming up.

May Books TBR


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas

Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner

Malibu Bluff by Janna King

The Girl Puzzle by Kate Braithwaite


Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns

My Ex Best Friends Wedding by Wendy Wax

Surprise, Kill, Vanish by Annie Jacobsen

If She Wakes by Michael Koryta


Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak


Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg

Upcoming Blog Tours

Other News

May 10th marks the one year anniversary of the OrangeCountyReaders blog! I began talking about books on social media after we built our Little Free Library in 2017. After about a year of skulking around the book community I decided to rebrand from Adams Avenue Little Free Library to Orange County Readers to broaden my audience, to have a platform to say more and to get back into creative writing. I also feel that having a blog legitimizes my efforts with publishers.

It’s been an interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot! I’ve made mistakes, over committed and spent too much money, but I’ve also made great friends and read some fantastic books. Coming soon: 10 Things I Learned In My First Year of Book Blogging.

And that’s it! Thanks for checking out my month. What are you excited about in May? Tell me in the comments!

Love, Jaymi

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  1. Great reading month and you are so organised for May. Very impressed. I see some books I want to read on your list – plus one I have read and one or two that I have pre ordered and are on their way to me. I’ll have to check out The Overdue Life of Amy Byler.


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