Friday, April 29, 2016

April Wrap Up and May TBR

Read in April: ARC April

Well I started the month with a bit of a reading slump but thanks to comics and some highly anticipated releases I finished really strong. This was one of those months where I look back at what I read and I think, "wow, I read all that?" To be fair, a few books I read mostly in March but still. I think it was a bit of a hit or miss month for me. But I did read a total of 9 books for ARC April so that's good. On the one hand I loved some anticipated reads and on the other I had my first DNF of the year and my first 2 star review. Most of the books I read too were good 4 star reads, although there were a few disappointments, I read a total of 16 books this month which is amazing. There was 13 new books this month and 2 rereads.

As far as challenges go, I'm still doing well. YAY! I'm majorly ahead for my Goodreads goal of reading 150 books this year, which is super exciting. I may see if I can do it without rereads but let's not get ahead of ourselves, it's only April. I'm also ahead of my goal for the Debut Author Challenge of reading 25 debuts by reading 3 debuts this month for a total of 12 for the year. I'm also ahead for the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge having once again read 4 books for that challenge reaching a total of 17 towards my goal of 36, that secondary goal of 50 may be possible if I keep this up. And I'm also on track for the Rock My TBR Challenge by reading 3 books for that this month getting a total of 9 towards my goal of 25 for the year. And finally, the Audiobook Challenge. I listened to 5 audiobooks this month including rereads, giving me a total of 15 for the year which is ahead of my goal of 30 or more. I am still killing these challenges, which is great because I am so competitive.

The Books
1.) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
2.) The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkowski 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
3.) The Haters by Jesse Andrews Rating: 7 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) We Are Robin Vol. 1 by Lee Bermejo Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
5.) Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
6.) Lies We Tell Oursleves by Robin Talley 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
7.) A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry 
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 [My Review]
8.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
9.) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Rating: 10 out of 10 [My Review]
10.) Girl About Town by Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan 
Rating: 6 out of 10 [My Review]
11.) The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
12.) The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Review to Come]

13-15.) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater [Reread Review]

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To Be Read in May: High Fantasy

Okay, I have officially become stressed out by my TBR Pile and the amount of books I want to read versus the amount of books I can read. I have also become stressed out by the amount of books I have to review so... *tries not to panic* So this month I'm taking the potential reads thing a little further and just throwing up everything that I want to read and then going with what sticks. I am still sticking with the theme and reading high fantasy books this month though, mostly.

New Releases

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh - Add to Goodreads
I got this in the mail this week. I need to reread The Wrath and the Dawn and then I'm reading it.

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye - Add to Goodreads
I've been waiting on this debut for so long and it's almost here. Can't wait!

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury - Add to Goodreads
The sequel to The Sin-Eater's Daughter (which I loved) comes out in June but my lovely friend Britt sent me the UK paperback

Backlist Books

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce - Add to Goodreads
Nobody freak out but I'm reading this series for the first time. Are you freaking out? I might be.

Books for Review

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout - Add to Goodreads
This sounds like a pretty interesting Sci Fi read but I may skip it this month because of other reads I'm excited for.

Gena/Finn by Kat Helgeson and Hannah Moskowitz  - Add to Goodreads
I love contemporaries about geeky characters and a f/f romance that starts between fanfic writers, yes please.

The Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason Black Add to Goodreads
This is a debut and it sounds like a really interesting Magical Realism book, which I've been very into lately.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard - Add to Goodreads
This is a retelling, of I think Snow White and Rose Red, set in a boarding school. I've heard good things so I'm excited.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson Add to Goodreads
This sounds like a fun contemporary with a hate to love relationship. I've heard a Beatrice and Benedict comparison.

The Shining Sea by Mimi Cross Add to Goodreads
This is my book club book for the month. It's not my usual read but I'll give it a try with an open mind.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - Add to Goodreads
This sounds like an interesting LGBTQI read but I may bump it to a month where it better fits the theme.

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May - Add to Goodreads
I having been waiting to read this review copy for so long. And been waiting even longer for this book. IT IS TIME!


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - My Review
Like I said, I need to read this before I can read The Rose and the Dagger.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - My Review
I could use a refresher on this book before I read it's sequel.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May - My Review
I could definitely use a refresher from this book before I read its sequel. It's been two years since I read it.

There you have it. All the books I might read in May. Consider all of these potential reads. There is no way I can read 17 books this month, especially with BEA coming up. But I'll do what I can. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I think I read maybe five books this month, and at least two of those were middle grade reads! I envy your reading speed! =)

  2. Great month for you!! You are doing great with challenges and I'm so impressed with your reading and reviewing!!

    My April recap