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:
- 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 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 😭).
The 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 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.
I’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:
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, May 14th.
- The Lovely and The Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, May 7th.
- The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad, May 14th.
- Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, May 7th.
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,