April Recap

Where is the year going? The fact that we’re now in May is a shock to my system, but at least I can say I did more last month than I did in March, so it doesn’t feel like April flew by without me noticing it.

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I got through six books in April, which seems to be my magic number because that’s how many I read last month as well, and I managed to maintain my blogging schedule and take part in Camp NaNo at the same time. I still took an unplanned mini-break from blogging, and I didn’t win at Camp NaNo but I’m doing better, and that something.

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April 2018 Recap

I’m going to be honest and admit that April was pretty much a massive write-off for me.

Granted it wasn’t all bad. Blogging and reading wise I’d say I had a great month, and there were even a few highlights in my day-to-day life, but overall this was the month I just wanted to hibernate and not get out of bed until May arrived. Still, looking on the bright side, my year can only go up from here on out.


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Books I Read

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The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – Four stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Four stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – Five stars

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – Three stars

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Four stars

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Leah on the Offbeat – Four stars

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Four stars

World After by Susan Ee – Five stars

April This Month


I am still behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I’m catching up. I was playing around with the idea of lowering my goal but now I’m more confident that I can catch up and I can read 125 books before the end of 2018. I got through 12 books in April, so I’m aiming to get through the same amount next month.

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The best book I picked up in April was Lost Boy. Considering some of the other books I read this month, some of which were highly anticipated releases of mine for 2018, this is definitely a surprise but it was an incredible book. I love fairytale retellings but it’s rare I find a Peter Pan one I enjoy as much as I did this book.

Lost Boy

The worst book I picked up this month was From Twinkle, with Love. I still enjoyed it, I did end up rating it three stars after all, but I just had a few issues with Twinkle’s character and some of the things she did, and as this book was told from Twinkle’s POV it made it hard to move past that and enjoy the other parts of this story as much.

From Twinkle with Love


My WIP

I had planned to start re-writing my WIP this month, unfortunately due to the mess that was my April I never got around to actually writing anything.

What I did do was re-read my original draft from NaNoWriMo last year. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I actually found a few scenes and chapters I can use in my new draft, which I am hoping to start writing next month.

I also have a new direction for two of my characters, which makes this about the hundredth new direction some part of my WIP has gone in. Slowly, little by little, I am recognizing less and less of my WIP from the idea I had last November when I started NaNo but that’s part of the fun of writing right?


Life in General

Love, Simon was released in the UK at the beginning of April, so of course I rushed to the cinema to see it. Yes, it was as amazing as everyone has been saying it is, yes, I have already pre-ordered the DVD so I can watch it all over again, and yes, I would highly recommend it to everyone who hasn’t already seen it.

Love Simon

I also went to the midnight showing of Avengers: Infinity War with my friend the day it was released. It was an incredible film, but also shocking, heartbreaking, terrifying. I loved it, but why do we have to wait a whole year for the next one to be released?!

Infinity War

At the end of the month I went to Oxford for the day with my mum. We explored the city and saw some of the locations they filmed parts of the Harry Potter movies in, which was kind of exciting. Oxford is beautiful, and it also gave me another location for my Reading Around the World feature, so you have that to look forwards to at some point in the future.

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Sometimes when you’re having a bad month and feeling a little down the only answer is to buy books, which is what I ended up doing in April.

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Books

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There are some incredible books being released in May, and two I really really can’t wait for are Legendary by Stephanie Garber and A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. However the release of the latter means I need to try and get around to The Assassin’s Blade and Tower of Dawn, which have been sitting on my bookshelves unread now for longer than I care to admit.

Legendary

TTT Sarah J Maas

I think May is going to end up being a quiet month for me. I don’t have a lot of plans and most of my money is going towards my big holiday this year which is coming up in June (not long to go now). So don’t expect a jam-packed May Recap from me at the end of next month.


I hope everyone else had a good April, and I hope you all have an even better May as well.

Are you surprised by how quickly this year has gone so far (how is May here already?!) or do you have exciting plans for the summer coming up that mean you want the year to go by even quicker? Let me know what book you brought this month, has anyone else read Circe yet?

Happy reading!

April Recap

April has ended up being a bit of a so-so month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped and didn’t post as many reviews as I planned, but I kept blogging throughout the month so I’m going to class April as a success, at least when it comes to blogging. Here’s hoping now we’re in May I can get things back on track.


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Books I Reviewed

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and not only was it everything I hoped it would be it was so much more. Strange the Dreamer is easily a favourite read of 2017 for me.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Unfortunately this one wasn’t what I hope it would be. While the plot was fast-paced and the world-building was intricate the characters weren’t well developed, which really let the story down.


The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Again this book wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It was a great story but the ending was left too open, it makes me think there’s another book due to be released but I know that isn’t the case.


The Mortal Instruments Series

I finally got around to re-reading the first half of the Mortal Instruments series this month, and while City of Bones wasn’t as good as I remembered City of Ashes and City of Glass were each a lot better.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

I don’t read many mystery books, but I’d heard great things about Last Seen Leaving and couldn’t resist. Luckily I enjoyed it as much as everyone else did, and was kept guessing right until the end.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

All I can say for this book is the hype is real. The Hate U Give is such an important book, using Starr and Khalil to tell a powerful story. It was incredibly well written and is a book I highly recommend.


Top Ten Tuesday

Must Have Merchandise for Every Harry Potter Fan

Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book


Waiting on Wednesday

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


Standalone Sunday

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


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I’d say this is an average haul for a month, I didn’t overspend but didn’t under-spend either. Ideally this is the kind of haul I’d like to have each month. Unfortunately I just can’t control my spending when it comes to books. Still I always have some amazing books to show for it, even if I end up with no money left in my bank account.


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Waterstones

Amazon


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Fairy Loot


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I’ll admit that because of the way this month has gone I don’t have a TBR list for next month. I’m not approaching a book slump or anything, I’m just at the stage of my mood reading mood where I have no idea what I want to read until something catches my eye. The only book I know I’m definitely going to read is…


A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


So at the moment my May seems kind of empty, but I’m playing around with an idea for a new feature on my blog and also playing around with the idea of getting some re-reads read and reviewed. Really May is going to be a month where anything could happen.

April Recap

I seem to be posting my recaps later than ideal. Hopefully my May recap will be up on time for a change, at the end of May rather than a couple of days into June. I wouldn’t even say I’ve been too busy with work or real life, I just seem to have been really lazy this month.

As far as April goes I think my contemporary YA month was definitely a success. I made it through a massive chunk of my to-read list and have added a lot more books onto it for the near future. Don’t get me wrong I still love fantasy and it is still my number one genre but I think contemporary has become a close second.


Reviews

April Recap, #1

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book was so sweet, like sugar coma sweet. I’ve seen Simon Vs around a lot recently and through it sounded perfect to kick-start my contemporary YA month. Luckily it more than lived up to the hype and all the amazing reviews I saw for it. I loved the relationship between Simon and Blue even though they didn’t meet face to face until late in the book I was rooting for them from the start.


A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Magical realism is another genre I definitely want to start reading more of. A Fierce and Subtle Poison was a good book, it had an incredibly unique concept and story which I was hooked on from the start. I loved the setting, the stories and legends Lucas sought out from the señoras. The only downside was Lucas’s character. He was well written and developed but the relationships he had with Isabel and his friends just fell flat.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson is such an amazing author, after reading I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere anything she writes is now on my auto-buy and auto-read list. I really enjoyed I’ll Give You the Sun; the relationship Noah and Jude had, and the secrets they kept from one another, were heartbreaking to read at times. However I think I liked The Sky is Everywhere just that little bit more. I really felt for Lennie and her situation, and I loved the journey she took throughout the course of the book.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is another book that I’d heard a lot about before picking it up; a book with great reviews and a fair bit of hype surrounding it. There’s not much I can really say about the plot because the whole story is about Aristotle and Dante growing up, their friendship with one another, and the journey they take throughout. There is a second book being released, and although there is no cover or blurb it is definitely on my to-buy list.


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Anna and the French Kiss Series

After reading books like Aristotle and Dante and Jandy Nelson I needed something light and fluffy to move onto next. The Anna and the French Kiss series definitely fits that bill and although they weren’t my favourites of all the books I picked up this month I really enjoyed each one. The settings were probably one of my favourite part; I’ve been to all the places Anna and Étienne, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh went to and it made me want to go again to see all the sites they did.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


April Recap, #3

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

This was one of my most-anticipated releases of May and after finally getting my hands on it I was so thrilled to see it more than lived up to all my expectations. The Star-Touched Queen is now the front-runner for my top read of 2016 and it’s going to be really hard to beat this one. Maya was an amazing character, I loved reading her story and her relationship with Amar, but the setting for this book is what really made it stand out for me. Akaran was so beautifully written it made me want to believe in magic again.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

So if you’ve heard of this book then, even if you haven’t read it yet, you will have heard about the twist at the end. Don’t worry there are no spoilers in this recap but honestly it was the twist that bumped this book up from a four star read to a five star one. While reading I started to think I knew what it was, clues were dropped and there were subtle hints throughout, but I was wrong and when the real twist was revealed I was left stunned.


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Firebird Series

So if you’ve heard of this book then, even if you haven’t read it yet, you will have heard about the twist at the end. Don’t worry there are no spoilers in this recap but honestly it was the twist that bumped this book up from a four star read to a five star one. While reading I started to think I knew what it was, clues were dropped and there were subtle hints throughout but I was wrong and when the real twist was revealed I was left stunned.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray


Since You've Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson has been on my to-read list for a while now and I finally got around to picking up one of her books. Since You’ve Been Gone was honestly really good. I loved the idea of the list Sloane had left for Emily and all the tasks which she had to cross off. I think my favourite part of this book though was Emily’s development throughout; she started off shy and withdrawn but by the end she became much more confident and outspoken.


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in three Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of April.

Top Ten Books Every … Should Read

Top Ten Books That Made Me Smile and Cry

Top Ten Bookworm Delights


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured four books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

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Next month there are more than a few of my most-anticipated releases that I can finally get around to; The Raven King, The Rose and The Dagger, A Court of Mist and Fury, not to mention a few new discoveries. I am also going to (finally) try and get around to reading the Percy Jackson series. I’ve seen a lot of it around recently and heard a lot of great things about the books so I am so excited to pick up the first one and see what all the fuss is about.