Goodness gracious, I cannot believe this month has come to an end! It was certainly a busy one. Not only was it Easter, Passover, my birthday, but I also decided to partake in Camp NaNoWriMo. That was a ride in itself, and it unfortunately did not leave me with a ton of blogging time (especially as I got behind in my word count). I will be posting a wrap up or final update on my writing experience soon. I also started a bullet journal, improved my improv skills (seriously love the improv class that I’m in), went to Boston, and still managed to see my friends. Every day it felt like I had something to do.
To be honest, with all that I had going on I was surprised that I was able to read most of my TBR for April. The only one that I didn’t get to was Thirteen Reasons Why. I’ll take the 4 books I read this month though. With BookCon around the corner, hopefully I can get to at least 5 next month.
1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2) — This is the 2nd book in The Raven Cycle series. Ronan is our main focus in this book. Of course, we still get to see the rest of our gang. I was not sure how I felt about this going into the book. I didn’t hate his character, but he was definitely not my favorite of our gang. Well, upon finishing this book, Ronan has become my new favorite kid (Blue’s mom and her mom’s friends will forever be my favorite characters). This book definitely surprised me in a lot of ways and I did like it more than the first book. I had some issues with the way the book was structured, but really enjoyed reading it overall. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Fun fact, this series was just opted for TV. For more of my thoughts on this book, you can check out my review here. (Rating: 4/5 Stars)
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #1) — I did it guys. I bit the bullet and finally read this hyped up series. The first 2/3rds of the book was really slow for me and I was worried I was not going to end up liking the book overall. As soon as I got into the last 3rd, that completely changed. Holy shit! It got so intense and I loved that last bit. A part of me wasn’t really a fan of the whole Beauty and the Beast thing going on, but I go back and forth on that. Also, I think my favorite character so far is Lucian. I hear Rhysand gets so cool in the next book, so I’m interested to see that happen and to learn more about the world. Even though I just liked the book, I immediately picked up A Court of Mist and Fury. Sarah J. Maas just writes binge worthy books, okay. For more of my thoughts on this book you can check out my review here. (Rating: 3.5/5 Stars)
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — This was my book club’s book of the month for April. It was my pick and I had to go with this one after hearing all the hype. I must say, this is such a special book. There was so much I loved about it. My favorite being Angie Thomas’s characters. She had so many characters that were well developed, had their own story arch (no matter how small), and I loved them all (except for Hailey, who we weren’t supposed to really like). This book was so important and genuine. I think it is one that everyone should read because it captures a major issue that is happening in America. However, systematic racism is everywhere and something that everyone should open their eyes too. The only reason I didn’t give this book a full 5 stars is because I wasn’t obsessed with it after finishing it. 5 star books for me are super rare. (Rating: 4.75/5 Stars)
4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Summer #1) — I needed some light, fluffy contemporary this month so I picked up this book. I loved Jenny Han’s other series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so I was hoping to love this as well. Especially, since the premise was something I could relate to. My parents have family friends with cute sons that I sometimes visit over the summer. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. It just felt a little all over the place and I didn’t like how things ended. I think I will continue on with the series, just to see where it goes, but probably won’t pick up the second book for a little while. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
There you have it, all the books I’ve read this month. I realized mid-way through this post, that I essentially read/finished these in the order that I posted in my original TBR. Go me, I guess?
I will definitely be posting reviews for most of these books. I’m super behind on posting reviews in general, so hopefully I can catch up. If there is something you want me to review sooner rather than later, let me know! You can bet that in May I will be uping my reading and blog posting game. Look forward to that.
Let me know if you read any of these books last month or just anything that you read and enjoyed. Until next time!