April Wrap Up

I’m starting to think that TBRs aren’t really for me. Once again I completely ignored the books I decided I wanted to read in favour of what I felt like in the moment. Most of this had to do with the fact that I’ve been having problems finishing the book that I’m currently reading and listening to audiobooks was an easy way to convince myself I wasn’t cheating on the story I’ve been struggling to finish. I’m going to attempt one more TBR in May, but if that doesn’t work out for me, I’ll probably stop trying.

As well, I got very sick for half of April and was able to do very little more than lie in bed and try to sleep. When I was awake and functioning, I spent what little energy I had studying for the last set of exams of my undergraduate career. While I did a lot of readings that were school related, I did very little that was purely for pleasure. Now that I’m done with school, I won’t have to worry about this.

Without further ado, here are the books I finished in April:

Completed Books:

  1. The Outcast by Taran Matharu (Summoners, Prequel) [4 stars]
  2. A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After by Brittani Louise Taylor [2.5 stars]
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 1) [5 stars]
  4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 1.5) [5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  2. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

 

Dedicated Posts to Come:

1. Kingdom of Ash (I didn’t have time this month to sit down and get all of my thoughts together on top of exams)

2. Throne of Glass Series

Wrap Up:

The Outcast:

The prequel to the Summoners series, I enjoyed seeing how things came to be in the series itself. As well, I enjoyed seeing Arcturus as a young boy, before becoming the teacher that meant so much to Fletcher. If you enjoy magical fantasy, I would recommend reading the original trilogy before the prequel. For although it does not ruin the main story, it does give away many things that you’re supposed to guess about throughout.

A Sucky Love Story:

While I find it difficult to objectively judge a person’s autobiography, there were many things that I found fault in throughout this novel. I have no problem reading stances on issues that I do not agree with, but the wording used to explain many of these issues left me with a gross feeling. As well, I don’t understand why there was the use of “text speak” throughout the story – and not over text messages. It was placed within the story as if that’s a normal thing to do. A tough read as it has to do with a seriously abusive relationship, I’m not sure I would recommend it to anyone. While the issues covered are important for people to understand, it has been done much better by other people.


 

Overall, I did not do a lot of reading this month that wasn’t based around school and my exams. The reading I did get through was enjoyable for the most part, minus A Sucky Love Story and what little of Replica I managed to get through. I’ve decided to give myself into the first week of May to finish reading Replica and if I still can’t get myself to read it, then I’m going to DNF it because finishing a story is not worth forcing myself into a reading slump.

 

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