It’s kind of cliché to start wrap-ups with ‘I can’t believe the month is already over!’ but that’s really how I feel about April and about 2018 in general. I only have three big classes left of this school year , and then that’ll be over as well. Spring is here (although in The Netherlands, that means mostly rain…)
I used to never do wrap-ups, but I would like to change that. I enjoy reading wrap-ups that go a little deeper, like how Through Prose Tinted Pages does them. Their wrap-up includes a life update as well as awesome blog posts they enjoyed this month. So that’s what inspired this post!
I read six books in the month of April, and I DNF’d one.
The first book I read was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. This book, which is about how a 10-year old boy deals with the loss of his father, was a reread for me. And once again, my heart was crushed. This book is a little jarring and confusing the first half, but everything wraps up nicely in the second half. Four stars.
Then, I finished A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. This is the third book in the Shades of Magic trilogy (I reviewed A Darker Shade of Magic here). I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I loved the romance. The story wraps up really nicely and the ending is very satisfying. I cannot wait to try more of V.E. Schwab’s books. I gave this five stars.
Then, continuing my spree of reading emotional books, I read Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng. It’s about the death of Lydia, the favorite child of the Chinese-American family this is about. It’s beautifully written and it deals with some very interesting and important topics. Such as interracial relationships, racism, sexism, grief, neglect, etc. I gave it three stars because I felt like an observer in the story, and could never really connect to the characters.
Next I read and reviewed Chatterbox by Sandy Day. This is a self-published poetry collection that the author sent to me for review. The poems in this collection explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The collection, divided in four different parts – Chattering, scattering, craving and knocking – guides you through all of these emotions. My full review can be found here. I gave it four stars.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas had been on my TBR for a while. This book takes an incredibly important subject matter – racially motivated police violence – and makes it digestible for a YA audience. I gave it three stars, which means I liked it. I thought the main character was very well done, her reaction to things seems very realistic to me. My main issue was with the writing. It felt very typical for a YA contemporary and therefore didn’t have much identity or distinct voice for me.
The last book I finished in April is The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. This book is part memoir, part true crime story. We follow the author as she begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder. While working there she becomes obsessed with pedophile and murderer Ricky Langley, seeing parallels of her own life in his. This book was absolutely breathtaking, and I’m planning to write a full review about it very soon.
Then, there is one book I DNF’d..
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was my very first Stiefvater book and I DNF’d it around the halfway point. It’s not that I absolutely hated the story, it’s just that I couldn’t be bothered. I always say that I need to understand the motive of the characters to care about the story and that’s where this book completely fell flat for me. Some rich spoiled private school kids search for a Welsh King and somehow it has to do with psychic energy but like, why?
As always, there were a ton of amazing blogposts this month.
- Krysta from Pages Unbound wrote a blogpost about Blogging ‘Rules’ she likes to ignore.
- Fictionophile wrote about the weird side of famous writers.
- Cait over at Paperfury shared her intolerably high standards and demands for the perfect YA trilogy.
- Zuky from BookBum talked about what makes a book a five star read, which I thought was really interesting. Also check the comments on that post, there are some amazing recommendations there!
- Evelina over at AvalinahsBooks wrote an interesting discussion post about creating content. She asked a really interesting question: do we create too much content?
- I’ve kept up with the habit of writing in my journal on a regular basis. I wrote six times in April, still not as often as I would like to but a lot better than I have been doing the past few years!
- I’m saving up to move out this summer so I probably won’t be buying many books in the upcoming month. I decided to become a member of my library though, so I will still be checking out books from there! I love the fact that I now have a libary card again, it also inspired me to write some library-related blog posts, so stay tuned for those.
- I finished another college semester. Now I only have one more left, plus a large portfolio project. I haven’t gotten any of my grades yet, but if I passed all my exams this semester that means there are only three more classes standing between me and getting my qualifications to get into law school. It’s so close!
- The new season of The Handmaid’s Tale has started and I am INVESTED. My boyfriend and I both love the show, and we can’t stop talking about it. I actually prefer the show to the book, which I gave only two stars.
- I made it to 1,000 followers on my Bookstagram! Thanks everyone.
- I got some amazing comments on my blog posts this month. Thanks everyone! Chatting with everyone in the book blogging community is my favorite thing on here. I’m really proud of my Complete Guide to Bookstagram and Pros & Cons of being a mood reader posts, so its amazing to see they also spark some discussion in the comment section.
Honestly, April wasn’t an incredibly eventful month. I went through a slumpy period, both with my reading and with my life. I’m at that part in the school year where I want everything to just kind of be over. I’m currently on a much needed spring break, so that’s good! May feels like a fresh start, and I can’t wait to see what the month brings!