April Book Haul and Wrap-Up

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!

 

Thursday Thoughts

I posted three Thursday Thoughts this month, as usual.

Book Spoilers in Synopsis

Tearjerkers

Series vs. Standalone

 

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?

64 thoughts on “April Book Haul and Wrap-Up

  1. noteablepad

    Congratulations on the 500+ followers 😀 I’m looking forward to the Q&A. And congratulations on nearly graduating too- I can imagine your relief. 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Aww, thank you so much! 😀

      I’m definitely going to do my best to cherish these last couple of weeks, even if one of those weeks is finals. These four years at college went by super quickly, but I made some unforgettable experiences. 🙂

  2. daniellethamasa

    I have An Ember in the Ashes on my May TBR pile…and The Library at Mount Char, too. As someone who has a degree in Library and Information Science, I really like reading books that deal with special libraries, bookstores, or librarians, and Library at Mount Char sounds intriguing. And I also bought The Star Touched Queen this month….plus a lot of other books. I’m almost scared to look at how many I bought in April. I know I bought 17 books just two days ago.

    I really enjoyed Night Circus. It was one of the first books that I purchased multiple copies of (Hardcover, e-book, and audiobook–technically that was an Audible freebie). It’s probably about time for me to read it again though; it’s been a little while.

    Finally, yes, congratulations on being at the end of your time at college. That’s exciting. I hope you do well on your finals and enjoy your graduation.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Oooh, I hope you enjoy An Ember in the Ashes! Let me know what you think of it once you finish it. I’m planning on reading The Library at Mount Char soon – I hope we both enjoy it! 🙂

      Wow, 17 books in one day is a lot! Haha, I think the most I’ve bought in one day has been 11? Okay yeah, we both buy a lot of books.

      I’m incredibly excited to read Night Circus now – it seems as if most people who commented on this post really enjoyed it.

      Thank you so much! 😀

      1. daniellethamasa

        I will definitely let you know what I think of Ember in the Ashes, though I think Library at Mount Char is going to be my first read in May.

        Yeah, I’m a major book hoarder. I think I bought 40-50 books in April; I’d have to count to be sure. I just love having a large stack of books to look forward to.

        1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

          Haha, I can completely relate with you there – I absolutely love having a lot of unread books waiting for me on my bookshelves. They’re always fun to look at, and it’s great knowing that I still have many more amazing books to read.

  3. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

    First of all, congratulations on reaching 500 followers and on graduating soon!

    I read Just Listen when I was in high school and it’s probably my favorite book by Sarah Dessen that I’ve read. I really loved it. I initially bought it from the library but went and bought my own copy after because I felt like I had to own it.

    I was just talking about The Nightingale to someone a couple of days ago. She was reading it and said it was really good so far, so I’ll be interested to see what you think. I’ve already decided I need to try and read it soon. 🙂 Princess of Tyrone sounds really good too.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Kourtni! 🙂

      Now I’m looking forward to reading Just Listen even more since you said it’s your favorite book by Sarah Dessen that you’ve read! I actually haven’t read many books by Sarah Dessen since I just haven’t gotten around to it, so I’m super excited to finally be able to read her writing.

      The Nightingale really does sound like an amazing book – I’m definitely going to do a review on that sometime in the next couple of months! 🙂

      1. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

        There are a lot of Dessen books that I haven’t read, but when I was in high school I went through a mini-obsession with her and read probably around 3 or 4 of her books and Just Listen was my favorite! I hope you like it 🙂

  4. storywrtr

    Con-GRADUATIONS!!! Graduating from college! You should be very proud!

    I’m so jealous that you have Kindred Spirits. I can’t wait to read your review! The Night Circus is one of my absolute favorite books of al time, hoping you find it enjoyable.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Hahaha, thank you so much!! 😀

      I’ll have a review on Kindred Spirits up soon! I want to get it out before my finals begin. I’m really looking forward to reading The Night Circus – I hope that I enjoy it as much as you did!

  5. booksblurbsandbeyond

    Congratulations on almost completing college and receiving over 500+ followers this week. I’ve been itching to buy The Star-Touched Queen, but I can’t find at my usual bookstore. *fingers crossed it comes soon*. Princess of Thyrone sounds interesting.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much! Yeah, I went to my local Barnes & Noble yesterday just to browse, and I was surprised that I didn’t see The Star-Touched Queen. I guess it’s just quickly selling out! I’m excited to read Princess of Tyrone!

  6. Beth (Reading Every Night)

    Good luck with finishing college, and also congratulations on reaching 500 followers, that’s really amazing you must be well pleased!
    Oh The Night Circus is amazing! It’s one of my favourite books so I really hope you love it, and the same with The Star-Touched Queen. At the moment it is my favourite read of 2016 and I cannot wait for my copy to arrive, hopefully very soon.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Beth! I’m definitely in awe and extremely happy about reaching 500 followers! 🙂

      That makes me even more excited to read The Night Circus! Haha, now I have really high expectations for it, but I’ll try to lower it down just in case. I’m also really looking forward to reading The Star-Touched Queen – I’ve heard really wonderful things about it!

      1. Beth (Reading Every Night)

        That’s all right!
        I find that’s best when going into a new book. I’ve kind of stopped looking for reviews for a lot of really hyped books, just because I don’t want to be disappointed by them. I really hope you enjoy both The Night Circus and The Star-Touched Queen. They’re both favourites of mine!

  7. Cover2CoverMom

    Good luck with exams! College were definitely some of the best years of my life… adulting isn’t much fun haha Also, congrats on 500 followers! That is an incredible accomplishment!

  8. Kazen

    Go rock those exams… and party with all your friends the minute they’re over!

    I also loved The Night Circus. It’s one of those rare books where the setting is a character, and the most interesting character at that. I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  9. Sakina

    CONGRATS ON GRADUATING! AND GOOD LUCK WITH FINALS! I’m sure you’ll do great!

    The Night Circus is AMAZING! I read it last year and it brought me back to when I was reading Harry Potter for the first time! The setting, the magic, the characters, the surrealness (not a real word) – it was just incredible! If you’re planning to read it, definitely take your time and savour it!

    I’m going to have to pick up An Ember in the Ashes. I know some people didn’t like it that much, so I’m slightly nervous to read it, but I think I might give it a shot!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Sakina!! That means so much to me. 🙂

      I didn’t know that The Night Circus brings out similar feelings as Harry Potter! Wow, I can’t wait to read it even more now. I’ll be sure to take it slowly when I read it then – thank you for that advice!

      Oooh, definitely let me know what you think of An Ember in the Ashes! I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, the number of books that I read per month varies based on how busy I am. I didn’t read all of the books I reviewed this month – a couple of my reviews are books I read a month or two ago, but haven’t gotten around to reviewing until this month.

  10. Kat Impossible

    YAY that you like Carry On so far! I know it’s super short, but I would definitely say it counts legit as the 4th book 😉 maybe you will want to try other Rowell books afterwards, I am happy to discuss if you want!
    And good luck with your finals!

      1. Kat Impossible

        I love Fangirl!!! Eleanor & Park was actually my least favourite Rowell novel, but I still liked it. Attachments is awesome and Carry On too! Let’s face it … I read them all and there is nothing I truly disliked.

  11. Huriyah

    Super interested to see what you think of When We Collided. I’m a few dozen pages in and I’m feeling so conflicted! Turns out a lot of people who have read it have had the same reaction. And congratulations on finishing college! 🙂

  12. Michelle @ Addictively Turning Pages

    I’ve been meaning to read The Night Circus too!! I haven’t felt the need to read it yet, but when I eventually read it, I really hope I like the book. Everyone keeps saying it’s a great read!

    Congrats on finishing college!!!

  13. Katherine @ Fabled Haven

    Congratulations on reaching 500 followers and for graduating from college!! I’m excited to hear your thoughts on Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell once you finish it, and I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- it was such a lighthearted, adorable read. 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Katherine! Yeah, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a cute book – I’ll need to read the sequel soon. As for Kindred Spirits, I’ll have a review on it up sometime in the next couple of days! 🙂

  14. Reg @ She Latitude

    Glad you enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (that title is a mouthful). I also gave both books four stars – looks like we’ve got similar-ish tastes?

    I tried reading The Night Circus for a bit several years back but found the writing to be overall too purple prosey at that time I picked it up. Since I started blogging though I’ve also been hearing good things about this book, and now that I’m older (and have hopefully more patience), perhaps it’s time to pick it up again.

    And pleaaase just read Just Listen – that book was what started my whole YA reading hobby thing and Sarah Dessen is absolutely golden.

    Congratulations on reaching 500 followers, by the way! <3

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      That title really is a mouthful! It’s long, especially when I’m writing it in my book review index as part of a series in the format of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1). Yeah, looks like we do have similar tastes! Haha, that’s why I love your book reviews. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about The Night Circus if you pick it up again! I’m interested to see if you do have a different opinion on it now that you’re older. A lot of people say the writing is incredibly beautiful.

      Haha, I’ll definitely be reading Just Listen some time in the next few months. I can’t believe I’ve pushed off reading Sarah Dessen’s books for so long. I hope I enjoy Just Listen as much as you did!

      Thank you so much, Reg! 😀 <3

      1. Reg @ She Latitude

        I knooow. And for some reason I can never remember if it’s ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ or ‘To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved’ or some variation of it.

        I hope you do, too, and I’m really hoping I haven’t raised your expectations that high, haha. I feel like that sometimes kills really great books. 😛

  15. invisiblereads

    I highly recommend Night Circus! I read it in a really weird mood on the brink of going into a terrible reading slump and it totally snapped me out of it. It’s just the right amount of mystery and whimsy to snap you out of a funk and make you remember why reading is so fun.

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