It’s been a busy month for sure, and that hustle has already bled into this month. Hence, my wrap-up is coming in a little late. I feel like I’ve been at work at the bookshop 24/7, as well as planning for some exciting things in the summer that I will tell you all about soon.
April marks the first full month of my WordPress blog, so I have a couple of aims for the coming months.
*Raises right hand* I do solemnly swear to post at least once a week if not more. To post at a reasonable hour of the day and to generally be a better, more organised human being. You heard it here first folks.
Looking over my Goodreads, I have read six books this month. Which brings my total for the year up to twenty-two. This may seem like a small amount to some, but I am a slow reader. This is because I insist on narrating everything in my head like James Earl Jones.
So let’s look at the books I read this month.
The first book I read was Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. *Unpopular opinion alert*, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as everyone else seems to. I found the characters very lack-luster and the end of the book more than a little confusing. But, I did appreciate the world building. Although I don’t feel invested enough in this series to see it through to the end, I would consider giving any future series that Tomi Adyemi writes a go.
You can find my full review of Children of Blood and Bone here.
The Second book I read was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows Duology is one of the greatest loves of my life, so I thought it was high time I read the original Grisha Verse series. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THE DARKLING? I love me an Anti-hero. Although so far the original series doesn’t hold a light to Six of Crows, I am enjoying learning more about the universe, and I am among the excited throngs eagerly awaiting Leigh Bardugo’s new upcoming book King of Scars.
Number three was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which is the book one in the Illuminae Files. This was a big deal for me because it is the first sci-fi book I have ever read. Seriously. It’s hard to believe. But ordinarily I just don’t see the appeal of space and robots and aliens etc. But I had SUCH a fun time reading Illuminae. Perhaps I could have done without the teenage angst, but the actual story was action packed and thrilling. Since I have no comparison I may look back on it in a few years time and think ‘Boy was that was rubbish’ but for now I am a fan of this book. I will definitely be continuing on with the series.
Book four was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare which is book two in the Mortal Instruments series. One of my reading aims this year is to introduce myself to a few series that are hugely popular but I haven’t read before. So Cassandra Clare felt like an obvious choice. Having read City of Bones last month I still don’t think I’m totally sucked into the series, but I can see why they are so popular. I am normally not the hugest fan of Urban Fantasy, but these are a fun YA romp and I already have City of Glass on my bookshelf to read next.
Book five was Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review which you can read here. As you can see from my review I actually really enjoyed this book. It’s very subtle and much more of a character study than anything else. Emily Critchley is a debut author and is working with a smaller independent publishing company, so this is a book that is relying on word-of-mouth recommendations. If you like character based contemporary novels that aren’t too heavy a read – you should take a look at this one.
Finally, book six (which isn’t pictured above as I don’t own a physical copy) was Cat Person by Roupenian Kristen. This is a very small book and is advertised as the true story of a terrible and embarrassing date. This book is CLICK BAIT. The date is pretty standard, nothing overly embarrassing and there aren’t even any cats in it. Bloody livid. I understand the point of the book is that unfortunately there are a lot of women who will have experiences like this in their life. But would it kill you to put like ONE cat in it?
That ends my wrap-up for this month. Those of you with keen eagle eyes may also notice it was my first ever wrap-up. I think it went swimmingly. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve enjoyed reading in April.