I feel like I say this every month, but I cannot believe how quickly time is passing! April has absolutely flown by and spring is well underway.
April has been an amazing month for me: I went to the Harry Potter studio for the first time, chaired my first book event, hosted my first readathon, and I read some fantastic books. I feel like the start of the year was a bit slow to start in my little corner of the internet, but I’m really getting back on my feet in terms of writing reviews, posting videos, and taking photos.
I managed to read nine books this month and am really proud! I ended up really enjoying everything I read, so April was clearly a hit for me.
Books I read
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Paper Girls volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn
From Darkest Stars by Sam Peters
Red Son by Frank Millar
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris
I read a great mix of books this month. The two graphic novels, Red Son and Paper Girls, were both fantastic. The Hate U Give and City of Brass lived up to all the hype they’ve received so far. The Testament of Loki lived up to it’s prequel and it made me laugh out loud on the bus. Overall, it was a really great month for reading and I enjoyed each of these books.
Books I did not finish
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
Although I have no issue DNFing books, I don’t often do it. So having two DNF’s in one month? Well, that’s unusual. The first book I chose to not finish this month was Space Opera. I was so disappointed by this book! I went into it fully expecting to love it for all its zaniness, but it just did not work for me. I actually wrote a review, something I rarely do for books I don’t finish, and it is a little unkind. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
The second book I DNF-ed was The Ashes of London. Another book I fully expected to love, I ended up putting it down despite enjoying the premise and the writing style. Why? The heroine gets brutally raped by a family member within the first 50 pages. I’m so sick and tired of this bullshit. Historical fiction and fantasy writers, both male and female, need to do better.
Books I bought
Dune Omnibus by Frank Herbert
Harry Potter box set by J. K. Rowling
City of Blades by Robert Patrick Bennett
After Atlas by Emma Newman
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Technically, I did okay in terms of buying books this month. Of course, that’s if you don’t include the seven book box set I got at the Harry Potter studio. Whatever.
I picked up the Dune omnibus, which contains the first three books in the Dune series, because I really want to revisit this very weird world. I read Dune about four or five years ago and loved it despite having no idea what was going on.
City of Blades and After Atlas are the sequels to two of my favourite books this year — City of Stairs and Planetfall. Sky in the Deep is one of my highly anticipated new releases (Vikings!!!) and Stalking Jack the Ripper is a book I’ve been curious about, but never got around to buying. Like I said, this month was not too bad for book buying!
Before Mars by Emma Newman
Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew
Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė
18 by Paul Bankovskis
On the Edge of a Sword by Kristiina Ehin’
The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris
The Royal Wedding Colouring Book by Adam Rushton
Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
Half Sister by Catherine Chanter
Should You Ask Me Marianne Kavanagh
Genesis by Brendan Reichs
The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
There’s too much to talk about here, but this was a great month for book post. I got a copy of the Royal Wedding Colouring Book, which is hysterical and a review will go up shortly. I received a box of translated books, some unsolicited post, and one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, to name a few.
That’s it for April! I’m looking forward to the weather warming up in May — I plan to spend more time reading outdoors this year than I did last year. Also, I’m attempting a book buying ban in anticipation of YALC at the end of July. Cora from Tea Party Princess is running this ban and I’m going to do my best.
I can hear you all laughing at me. I know I bought four books yesterday. That doesn’t count.
How was your month for reading? Did you read anything you loved? Did you buy anything great? Let me know!