April Reading Wrap-Up and May To-Be-Read Pile

I had a great reading month. I read 17 books which included all of my TBR and got super ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge.

Last month I was so behind schedule that I was actually contemplating switching my Goodreads goal back to 50 books, but look at me now! 8 books ahead of schedule on my 100 book goal

I do have finals during most of May, but then the summer holidays start… You know what that means. Endless reading time. Because of that, I kind of just want to pick up whatever I want. That’s why I only have 3 books on my TBR. 


READING WRAP UP


1. THE CHEMIST

BY STEPHENIE MEYER

I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this because, shockingly, this is my first Stephenie Meyer book… I REALLY LOVED IT!

I’m not usually a thriller person, but the whole ‘secret agent’ plot line was super intriguing to me.

I started it on the plane on my way to D.C. (by the way, the travel post for that trip is coming soon!), and ended up not finishing it until I came back, but I feel like that helped it a lot. This book just begs to be read slowly. If you’re going to pick this up, then keep that in mind.


2. ZOM-B (ZOM-B #1)

BY DARREN SHAN

This is a bit of a controversial book to say the least. When I was reading it the whole racist plot line was like a wow… uh okay… was that a good move? and that carried out for the whole first book and part of the second.

But my opinion kind of changed about that whole topic when I read a couple reviews. I think the whole point was to set up this main protagonist that we can hate the shit out of and then make them have a big turn around and see how racism isn’t the way to go etc. And that’s pretty clear in the third book, which I’ll talk about in a bit.

Other than that whole thing, I would say this book was meh. I thought we could use more zombies and less… real life. The zombies only showed up at the last 20ish pages.

The thing that made me pick this up was the full page art all throughout the book. Every couple

I’m thinking of doing a whole review on this, so I’ll stop talking now.

2.5 stars


3. ZOM-B UNDERGROUND (ZOM-B #2) 

BY DARREN SHAN

I liked this one a little less than the first book. It wasn’t that memorable for me, to be honest.

I liked how the characters all kind of connect again, and the climax of the book was fairly exciting I guess.

It wasn’t anything very interesting.


4. THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 03: SAFETY BEHIND BARS (THE WALKING DEAD #3)

BY ROBERT KIRKMAN, CHARLIE ADLARD (ILLUSTRATOR)

I’ve been looking for a copy of this since September. SEPTEMBER! So you don’t even know how excited I was to find it in a Barnes and Nobles when I was in D.C.

I devoured this on my plane ride back, and it just sent me into this whole zombie mood which I’m still kind of stuck in. (I’m planning on writing a whole post on zombie recommendations for TV, movies, books etc, so keep an eye out for that)

My favorite part of the show was when they were in the prison, so automatically I liked this one a lot more than the other volumes.

I still don’t really like the art style, but I can kind of get over that, because… ZZZZOOOMMBIES


5. ZOM-B CITY (ZOM-B #3)

BY DARREN SHAN

I think this book was the best out of the three Zom-B books I read. It had more happening and there was a freaky clown.

I don’t think I ever mentioned this on my blog, but I rarely get scared from books or movies, but clowns make me shit my pants. So… Clowns. Yeah.

I really liked that B isn’t (as) racist and learns that her ways were totally wrong etc. She matured as a character and I think the next books in the series are going to be a lot more enjoyable because of that one change.


6. AGENT OF CHAOS (THE X-FILES: ORIGINS #1)

BY KAMI GARCIA

MY LOVE OF SCI-FI RETURNS!

I absolutely l-o-v-e-d this book, you don’t understand. I adored the shit out of it.

This is a prequel duology for the X-Files TV show, but I don’t really watch that show so I can’t fangirl about that sadly. Good news: this book is totally going to make me want to start watching it this summer.

I loved the 2 perspectives because it just added to the action and suspense! AH I can’t gush about this enough.

Sadly, I lost the dust jacket somewhere 😥


7. NOTE TO SELF

BY CONNER FRANTA

I couldn’t wait until I got the physical copy, so I listened to it on audiobook.

When the book arrives, I’ll have to reread this because I feel like I missed out on really reading the poems and look at the photography in here.

I’d just love to sit down and pick Conner’s brain because all of his ideas seem so genuine and deeply thought out. He’s just someone I would love to have a platonic chit-chat coffee date with.

All of Conner’s books have been great so far, looking forward to book #3 sometime in the future.


8. STAY WHERE YOU ARE THEN LEAVE

BY JOHN BOYNE

World War I and II fiction is my favorite for a comfort read. I needed a comfort read. I read. I adored. I cried.

It was so incredibly sad and beautiful that I had to put the book down and take a moment of silence to appreciate it. I cannot even put into words how much I recommend you pick this up.

After experiencing that work of art, I promised myself to read the boy with the stripped pajamas soon. I just need to find a bookstore that sells it -_-


9. THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 04: THE HEART’S DESIRE (THE WALKING DEAD #4) 

BY ROBERT KIRKMAN, CHARLIE ADLARD (ILLUSTRATOR), CLIFF RATHBURN (ILLUSTRATOR)

After my whole zombie mood kicked off, I had to get the 4th volume even if it was online. I might have gotten it illegally… Might…

It was good, I liked it even more than the 3rd volume which is weird because I gave that one a 4 out of 5 and these comics are usually a 3 for me.

I’ll be continuing on with this series obviously, and will keep updating you.


10. CORALINE 

BY NEIL GAIMAN

I FINALLY READ IT! I watched the movie a long while ago, and never got around to reading the actual book.

I went in with an open mind and came out entertained. I didn’t love it, but it was a good I want to read something fun and creepy kind of book.

If you want something super quick and creepy, then make sure to pick this up.


11. HELTER SKELTER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MANSON MURDERS

BY VINCENT BUGLIOSI, CURT GENTRY

It took me so long to read this! Over a week and a half! Ahh, but it was so worth it!

I’ve been trying to watch some documentaries about the Manson Murders because they’re so iconic in history, but I could never really grasp what was going on. I though that maybe reading it as a book would be more interesting, and I was so right!

You might have seen that I was listening to the audiobook of it in my day in the life of a student blogger post a while back.

Anyways, this was really chilling. I forgot that this shit was actually real halfway through…

Fun Fact: Charles Manson is still alive and in prison… yay. 


12. AS RED AS BLOOD (LUMIKKI ANDERSSON #1) 

BY SALLA SIMUKKA, OWEN FREDRICK WITESMAN (TRANSLATION)

This was surprisingly great!

I picked it up at the bookstore randomly without hearing or knowing anything about it, and I came out actually shocked. I didn’t expect it to be a crime fiction because the cover looks more like an urban fantasy.

It’s supposed to be a trilogy (the other books are already out), but the ending wrapped up pretty well… I’m not really sure what’s supposed to happen in the other two books. Are we going to follow different characters or something?

I’ll probably pick up the second book sometime, not really in a hurry though.

Also, I think this was translated into English from Polish (I THINK! Don’t quote me on that)


13. CIRQUE DU FREAK (CIRQUE DU FREAK #1)

BY DARREN SHAN

After reading some reviews on Zom-B, I figured out that most people enjoyed the Cirque Du Freak books a lot more.

I wasn’t impressed with Darren Shan’s work with the other series so I decided to pick up the audiobook of the first book.

At first I thought it would be about this freak show and us following the characters in the show, but apparently, it’s a vampire book… I surprisingly liked it.

It wasn’t great by any means, but it wasn’t bad.

I feel like someone between the ages of 7-12 would really enjoy Darren Shan. That’s kind of the conclusion I’ve drawn after 4 books of his.


15. THE BAD BEGINNING (A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS #1)

BY LEMONY SNICKET

Can you tell that I’m trying to read all the classic middle grade that I can?

Everyone says that Lemony Snicket was their childhood and they’re who they are because of him etc, and I haven’t even picked up a book of his…

WELL, I HAVE NOW!

I don’t have the actual book so I got the audiobook of this instead. If you want a fun and quick audiobook to listen to then totally pick this up! It’s preformed brilliantly and portrays the characters flawlessly!

I loved the dark humor of this and the fact that the narrator kind of talks to the reader. Not really breaking the 4th wall, but kind of subtly addressing us.

I already picked up the second book on audio too, but you’ll hear about that more in May’s wrap up!


16. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON #1)

BY CRESSIDA COWELL

I remember back in 2014 when everyone was freaking out about the How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie and how adorable it was blah blah blah.

I thought I would jump on the bandwagon like 7 years after the first movie release and read the book which was actually published in 2003 for your information.

I thought it was cute? yes. Interesting? yes. Impeccable? No.

It was good, but not something that hooked me enough to make me pick up the other books.


17. CARAVAL (CARAVAL #1) 

BY STEPHANIE GARBER

This was my most anticipated read of 2017 and I FiNAllY GoT mY HanDS oN iT!

IT WAS SO GOOD! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS! MY EMOTIONS ARE SO MESSED UP FROM READING THIS! PICK IT UP AND DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR!

The whole feel of the magical carnival was AH! I want to reread it like right now. I NEED THE SECOND BOOK BUT It’s COMING OUT IN LATE 2018 EARLY 2019. FUCK MY LIFE. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH 2 YEARS??!!

I’m sorry. If you can’t tell I really liked Caraval.


TO-BE-READ PILE


This post is already too long, so I won’t really delve into these books. I’ll just list them out.

1. THE MARK OF ATHENA (THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS #3)

I started reading this series in January, and plan on finishing it by July, so I have to read this!

Plus, Jana’s been pestering me about it!


2. HEIR OF FIRE (THRONE OF GLASS #3)

BY SARAH  J. MAAS (THE QUEEN HERSELF)

This has been a long time coming! I’ve been avoiding this particular book for so long and I don’t even know why.

It’s my current read right now, and I’m about 60% through it, so I’ll probably finish by tomorrow or the day after. Still, I need to finish this because I’m enjoying it so much!


3. HEARTLESS 

BY MARISSA MEYER

I’ve literally had this since it came out, and I haven’t picked up.

I love Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles is my favorite series of all time (one of them), I even wrote a post about it a while back and reviewed the first book. I DON’T KNOW WHY I HAVEN’T PICKED THIS UP YET!

 

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