Friday, May 2, 2014

April Wrap Up and May TBR

April was dystopia month. I had planned to read 8 books all that take place in the future and have the crazy world and/or a shadowy government suppressing the people vibes that Dystopian books always have. It definitely messed with my head to read so many of these types of books at one time, more then even reading a lot of fantasy does. I would say my top two books this month are The Darkest Minds and The Maze Runner. Speaking of The Maze Runner. In April, I hosted my first Read Along and giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the read along. I may do more in the future. I really liked reading with others and being able to discuss my thoughts on the book.

Read in April

1.) The Here and Now by Anne Brashares Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Full Review
2.) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Rating: 9 out of 10 Full Review
3.) Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Full Review
4.) Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham 
Rating: 9 out of 10 Full Review
5.) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwoo
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Full Review
6.) Taken by Erin Bowman 
Rating: 7 out of 10 Full Review
7.) Half Bad by Sally Green 
Rating: 9 out of 10 Full Review
8.) The Break-Up Artist by Phillip Siegel Rating: 8 out of 10 Full Review
9.) The Maze Runner by James Dashner Rating: 9 out of 10 Full Review
10.) Frozen by Erin Bowman Rating: 7 out of 10 Full Review
11.) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Full Review to Come

To Be Read in May

So for the month of May I am taking a break from the themes. There are so many books that I have been wanting to read lately and they do not fit into a neat and tidy themed month. So after seven months of themes I am throwing caution to the wind and reading whatever I want in May. I am slightly nervous because I like knowing exactly what to read next but I do have some plans.

ARC to Review - From Netgalley

The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman Add to Goodreads
This is Adult Historical Fiction set in the Cold War about a woman who learns a secret about her husband years after he is murdered.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Add to Goodreads
A Young Adult Mystery with an unreliable narrator. People have been raving about.
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel Add to Goodreads
A contemporary retelling about Peter Pan and surfing. (I may do retellings in June and wait to read this one)

Other Planned Reads

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Add to Goodreads
This is my classic for the month. It's been in my TBR pile for some time and I'm pretty excited to read it.
Sekret by Lindsay Smith Add to Goodreads
I have wanted to read this for so long! It's YA historical fiction/psychic spy thriller set in Cold War Russia
Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout Add to Goodreads
Another one I have wanted to read for awhile. I have heard great things about this YA mystery. The main character is names Samantha and her best friend is names Cassie (just like me and my bf!)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner Add to Goodreads
The Death Cure by James Dashner Add to Goodreads
I just finished The Maze Runner and I cannot wait to continue with this series. I have a long road trip coming up (to BEA!!!!) so I'm planning to listen to the audiobooks on that trip!

Potential Reads

The Falconer by Elizabeth May Add to Goodreads
This book comes out next week and sounds fantastic! I'm pretty much a sucker for a YA Fantasy series with a strong female protagonist. Also that's a pretty BA title!
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord Add to Goodreads
A YA contemporary that people are raving about! I love country music, road trips, and swoony boys too!
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam Add to Goodreads
I won an ARC of this book for being an expert at shoe hoarding and haven't gotten around to reading it. This seems like as good a time as any.
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman Add to Goodreads
I have heard good things about this book as well. I love historical fiction and this book with it's different look at Hilter and Nazism sounds super interesting!


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed The Darkest Minds! I absolutely loved it.
    I'm DYING to read We Were Liars. I'm a huge E. Lockhart fan and everything about this book sounds awesome. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!
    I'm also looking forward to reading The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, of course. :) How could I not be crazy excited after the ending of The Maze Runner?! (And yay BEA! I'll be there too! :D)
    Open Road Summer and Prisoner of Night and Fog also sound awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on copies of them!
    Looks like you have an awesome reading month planned! Enjoy all your books!

  2. Awesome book list! I really want to read the Veronica Mars book! (Gotta wait a little while before I can buy more books.) And I am so happy and excited for you that you get to go to BEA...also jealous. I hope you have all kinds of fun! I agree with Rachel We Were Liars, Open Road Summer and Prisoner of Night and Fog are all books that I can't wait to get my hands on either. I am looking forward to reading them!
    Happy reading! :D