April Wrap-Up: A fast paced month

Wear Red(1)Hello everyone!

April feels like it went by much faster than the previous months and I have no idea why. At the beginning of the month, I unfortunately had the flu which was not a fun time at all, it took me over a week to finally feel better. I just spent days in bed, sleeping and resting; I could barely read because of the migraines and overall exhaustion. I hated not being able to do much of anything, but I am much better now, it was pretty much over at the end of the first week of April. I also finished my second semester of lectures at university this month and I am now in the middle of final exams which is slightly (okay, very) stressful. Today was actually my law history exam!

On April 14th, I turned 25 as well. I had such a good day, just relaxing, being with my family. And this year, all my presents were books. I feel so lucky, because I got a full set of The Mortal Instruments books in paperback as I only had them in ebook form (and I also prefer paperbacks) from my parents. 💖 One of my friends got me The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black which is awesome as I love this book so much. It’s a favourite of mine, and now I have a physical copy of it! And finally, another friend got me both The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (yes, you read that right … my friends know me so well, I got The Coldest Girl in Coldtown twice which we had a laugh about!) and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan which I love with all of my heart 💖 I keep staring at the gorgeous cover, it’s so beautiful. I’m so very grateful for these books.

Reading-wise, I read 7 books this month! I’m happy with this number, seeing how I didn’t read much at the start of the month. In a previous wrap-up, I mentioned how I might change my goodreads reading challenge goal in June if I reached 39/40 books read. At the end of April, I reached 32/40 books, and I was 20 books ahead of schedule which is so astonishing to me. I don’t even know how I reached that point? How? So I decided to change my goal now instead; it might change again before the end of the year, but I now have a goal of 50 books for the year.

I have reviews for two of the books I read this month on the blog:

Descendant & Daisy

  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐)
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐). This book was my absolute favourite read of the month, and definitely one of my favourite books of 2019 as well.

defy meDefy Me by Tahereh Mafi (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

I read Defy Me in one sitting, one afternoon. I wasn’t planning to when I started reading; but one chapter led to another and before I knew it, I’d reached the end of the novel. It was a very surprising turn for the story, one I wasn’t expecting at all and that kept me on my toes. Once I finished reading, I had to take a minute to really think about how I felt about Defy Me, because I was feeling so much; it was an intense story. In the end, I loved it. I loved where this novel took the characters and all the revelations. I rated 4 stars because I think the ending was a bit rushed, and it deserved more time spent on it with more explanation. I also wished we saw more of some characters. Overall though, I really enjoyed Defy me and I honestly have no idea what will happen in the final book and I’m really looking forward to finding out (but I also don’t want to say goodbye to these characters 😭).

mara dyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin (I gave each book a rating of ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

I had bought the first book a while ago and I finally got to it this month! I didn’t know much about it, only that it was mysterious and that there were characters named Mara and Noah. I’m so glad I got to experience this trilogy without much previous knowledge, I was so intrigued by all the mystery. I ended up reading all three books in a row, each time I finished one I just had to know where the story was going to go next. This trilogy is definitely intense, and deals with heavy subjects which can be difficult to read about at times. One of the things I loved the most about these novels, especially in the first two is how it shows family dynamics. The parents are involved, and I adored Mara’s relationship with her brother Daniel. They’re some of my favourite siblings for sure. However, I was a bit disappointed by the end, everything wrapped up a bit too fast, too conveniently and easily. Still, I really enjoyed reading these novels, and I’m really happy I picked them up.

blood of a thousand starsBlood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza, sequel and final novel of the Empress of a Thousand Skies duology (Rating: ⭐⭐⭐). I have a review of the first novel right here.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this conclusion to the duology. Some elements I noticed are still present in this installment, and while it’s still a very fascinating universe, I thought the novel lacked a little something. The characters dealt with their emotions very quickly, and plot points that should have had a huge emotional impact just didn’t give me this impression. I was expecting more from the ending as well. I still liked being able to see how everything ended, but I was disappointed.

📙 The book I’m bringing with me into the month of May is A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna.

a spark of white fireI’m definitely enjoying this space opera right now, I’m 38% into the book and the plot is thickening and the world expanding which is great. I love the main character, the world is very intriguing and I’m really liking getting to discover more about it.

📚 May releases I’m really looking forward to:

As usual, I can’t tell you exactly which books I’m going to read for certain in May but I’m hoping to read a bit more than this month as I’ll have more time. I’m also feeling that maybe I’ll read a couple contemporary books which isn’t my favourite genre as you know. I’ve just seen a couple of books that sound really good and that I’m curious about. Now, I don’t know if it’ll happen but I’m keeping an open-mind, I might be in the mood for it, who knows?

How was your reading month? Any 5-star reads? Do you have May releases that you are anticipating?

Until next time,

Noémie

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20 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up: A fast paced month

  1. I’m so glad that you had a great reading month! And happy belated birthday and good luck on all of your final exams!

    Strangely enough, I’ve also had The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for what feels like forever, and this post makes me want to pick it up immediately! I was able to get through five books months with one five-star rated book which was actually Daisy Jones & The Six, but I can definitely understand why not everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

    And I must live under a rock or something because I had NO IDEA that Aurora Rising came out next month!!

    Lovely post!

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    • Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! ♥ To be fair, I had to check for Aurora Rising, I can’t keep track of all the releases haha And I’m so glad you loved Daisy Jones! It wasn’t the right book for me, that’s all. Honestly, for Mara Dyer, it’s a great series but you need to be in a good state of mind, because it’s super heavy.
      I hope you have a great month!

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  2. Happy birthday! I’m so happy you’re feeling better! Being sick is no fun. And good luck on your exams! I loved the first two books of the Mara Dyer trilogy (NOAH!) but I really didn’t enjoy the last book. 😥 I didn’t really enjoy the twists and reveals. I much preferred Mara and Noah’s relationship in the first two books. Are you going to read The Becoming of Noah Shaw?

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  3. I’m so sorry you were sick this last month, so happy you’re feeling better now and happy belated birthday! ❤ ❤
    I'm so glad you read and enjoyed the mara dyer series, it's one of my favorites of all times ❤ In comparison, I was a bit disappointed by the noah shaw series so far (I only read the first book) :/
    I hope you'll have a beautiful May ❤

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  4. I really enjoyed Descendant of the Crane as well. I have a copy of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, but I feel like I should read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer first. It looks like you enjoyed the series, so maybe I will read both of them soon!

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    • I haven’t read The Becoming of Noah Shaw (yet? I don’t know if I’ll read it, I’m not sure), but I think you do need to read the original trilogy first, because it continues that story in a way? And I’m so glad you enjoyed Descendant of the Crane ♥

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      • I think it’s the story from his point of view? I am not really sure. It’s marketed as a whole separate series so I don’t know if you have to read the Mara Dyer one first. I will look at some reviews before deciding on the order of how to read.

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  5. My reading goal for the year is also 50 books, but I’m super behind so I’ve got catching up to do this summer lol! The Mara Dyer series has been on my TBR for the longest time, but I’ve never gotten to it so this makes me want to finally pick up the first book! Great wrap-up ❤️

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