It’s time for my April Wrap-Up!
Since it’s my last full month of college, I’ve had such a busy month. This month was probably the busiest I’ve been all senior year, and maybe even all of college. I therefore haven’t been able to read that much, but I was still able to get out some book reviews!
Books I Reviewed in April
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir (Review) (Discussion)
I gave this 4/5 stars. If you haven’t read this yet, you need to pick it up right now! It was an incredible book that was fast-paced, intriguing, and unique. I would’ve given this 5/5 stars, but there was a love square that put me off. I would highly recommend this book to any reader who likes young adult dystopian, with a more mature vibe.
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young (Review)
I also gave this book 4/5 stars. This book was hard for me to get adjusted to at first since there’s no quotation marks used – this is to symbolize the characters’ lack of education. Once I got used to it though, I was able to really enjoy the action and adventure. I would highly recommend this book to patient readers who would enjoy reading about a rural dystopia.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han (Review)
Well, I guess I’m showering 4 stars freely this month. I really enjoyed the books I reviewed this month though! To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before also got 4/5 stars from me because it was just such a cute book. I would highly recommend it to readers who would enjoy a girly, light contemporary read.
April Book Haul
Although I’ve been super busy this month, I was able to squeeze in some time to buy some books from Amazon and go to my local used bookstore because… Well, procrastination. Here are the books that I bought or received, in chronological order.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been hearing about this book. There are mixed reviews overall, but they’re mostly positive! I finally buckled down and purchased this from Amazon to try it out for myself.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’ve heard that this book is absolutely beautiful. This is probably one of my most highly anticipated reads in this list. I also bought this from Amazon – it was listed for a really great price!
When We Collided by Emery Lord
I received this standalone in my monthly subscription box, ParnassusNext. I’ve heard really great things about Emery Lord’s books, but I’ve never gotten around to purchasing any of them. I was therefore so excited to see this come in my monthly subscription box!
Princess of Tyrone (The Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1) by Katie Hamstead
This is a recently published new adult fantasy series. I saw it on NetGalley and received it there after requesting it immediately. I thought the premise of the book sounded really interesting – it’s apparently a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I haven’t read a retelling of Sleeping Beauty yet, so I’m excited to see where the author takes this.
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
I was sent this book from the program Blogging for Books. I’ve had my eye on The Library at Mount Char ever since I saw it at my used bookstore, but ultimately didn’t buy it. I regretted that, so I jumped on the chance to review it once I saw it on Blogging for Books. The Library at Mount Char is an adult fiction that’s apparently weird and mysterious – I’m looking forward to reading it!
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
I won this from a giveaway hosted by Kat @ Life and Other Disasters! It’s actually both my first giveaway win and my first Rainbow Rowell book! This is a very short, contemporary book that has a Star Wars theme, so it’s a fun and nerdy book!
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
I saw this at my local used bookstore and couldn’t pick it up fast enough. I came across Marina Keegan’s story a couple of years ago and it’s heartbreaking. Marina graduated from Yale University in May 2012 and had a very bright future ahead of her – however, she died in a car crash five days after graduation. This short book is basically a collection of Marina’s essays that she published in Yale’s university paper. I’ve heard that these stories are heartfelt yet bleak, so I’m looking forward to reading Marina’s insights.
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
This has been on my TBR list for years – I’ve just kept putting off purchasing it. When I saw this at my local used bookstore for a really affordable price, I knew it was time to finally get it. I know that a lot of people really enjoyed this book, so I’m excited to reading this!
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
I’ve been looking forward to this new standalone for months! This was released on April 26th, 2016. Yes, I pre-ordered it. Yes, it’s so beautiful in person.
Books I Started in April
I started one book this month that will carry over to May!
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
I mentioned Kindred Spirits above in my book haul. Is it cheating to say this is the fourth book I’m reading this month since it’s less than 100 pages? Okay yeah, it’s kind of cheating, but… I’ve been busy, so a small book was perfect for my schedule. I began reading this as soon as I received it in the mail, but I’m not even halfway through it yet. It’s really good so far though!
I posted three Thursday Thoughts this month, as usual.
End of the Month Thoughts
Next week is finals week for me, and after that I’ll be graduating college! I think it’s crazy how my four years in college has just flown by. It’s so bittersweet – I’ll be incredibly sad saying goodbye to my college friends and leaving the comfort of my undergrad routine, but I know that it’s about time to move on to the next chapter of my life.
On another note, I reached over 500 followers this week!! I’m astounded that so many people are reading my blog – I’m incredibly grateful for each and every one of you! My Thursday Thoughts next week will be a 500+ Follower Q&A, so keep an eye out for that! I’ll gather questions that you ask, then I’ll answer all of them in my following Thursday Thoughts.
Let me know how your April went! Were you also busy this month?