I honestly can’t believe that it’s already May. May as in, you know, the fifth month of the year? Time has literally been ticking on by so damn fast. I don’t even know what I’ve done this year, it’s still January to me! Anyway, new month, new wrap up. Let’s tuck in to the books that I read in April.
I’m sure you all know that I’m a massive fan of audio books. I’m always driving or on a train or walking through out the city, so I just pop on headphones and listen to amazing books. I really only pick up paper backs if the audio isn’t really engaging or I’ve had a few days listening so much that my ears hurt – yes, that’s an actually problem I get! – so naturally, my first book of April was an audiobook.
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGurie
I love this whole weirdly, spectacular series. The Wayward Children series is so uniquely original, and the writing style just flows. As this is the third book in the series, I won’t really discuss what happened during it, but just know, I’ll definitely pick up the fourth book if one comes out!
Heart Lines by Gemma Troy
This cute little poetry book was just that – cute. I liked the photographs enough to keep reading, but poem wise, yikes. I hate picking up poetry books about love and heartbreak, purely due to the fact that every second page in this book was all about how incomplete they feel without a partner. Or how their heartbreak defines who they are as a person. I’m not about that. Good on you for writing this book, I’m just sorry it wasn’t for me.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace
I feel like this poems are perfect in you hate every single man that has ever walked the earth, among other things. It wasn’t for me and I’m not even sure why I kept reading. If you decide to pick this up, please refer to the contents page which lists a whole bunch of TW & CW.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
After a . . . rocky start, I finally decide to read something I knew I would just *love*! I picked up a series I’d only half read, and started rereading it with Els! And boy, it’s better than I remembered. Harry Potter and the Whatever can move over, Percy is where it’s at. I’ll keep Draco though.
This series is just so engaging and I can definitely see all the selling points that I used for my bookstore. I didn’t expect to get so emotionally attached to all the characters either, during the last book I was just SOBBIN.
If you loved Harry Potter, pick this up. It has everything you wish Harry Potter had like a plot that makes sense.
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
This gorgeous thing was our book of the month over at The YA Room, where our books are chosen by poll out of four options. I just loved how beautifully and delicately written this was. From the our meet up on Sunday the 29th, it looks like a vast majority of readers really took something away from her novel. It raised a lot of really interesting conversations and it was just great to have people to talk to. Did you pick up our book of the month?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I started reading this book during January and only just finished it. Holy shit AHA. I owe finishing this book to two things. First, the constant nagging of all those around me, and two, the damn audiobook. When did I become so reliant on them?????? I really loved this first book, but I feel like I was just so overwhelmed at the end I didn’t know what to do. The multi POV definitely keeps things interesting, but I do prefer the classic one POV please and thank you. I’ll pick up Crooked Kingdoms for sure though.
If my counting serves me well, I managed to read a total of ten books this month and I only disliked two of them, which is pretty good! Which gives me an average rating of 4 stars per book. If I had to pick a favourite though, Beneath the Sugar Sky takes the cake.
What have you been reading lately? I’m really into fantasy at the moment, so don’t forget to comment your favourite SFF series for me to check out. Also, if you’ve done an April Wrap Up, link it down below!
Thanks for reading, and may the book fairies bless you,