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April 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul

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Happy May bookworms!

Even though we are only 3 days into the month of May, things are already looking up from April.  After 6 LONG months of a hard winter, warmer weather seems to have arrive in Ohio.  Time to break out the shorts & t-shirts and put away the coats & sweaters.

April was an off month for me.  I definitely didn’t get as much accomplished as I had hoped, both in regards to reading & blogging.  Actually, April was my smallest reading month thus far this year.  I read a total of 7 books, which is a tad under my average of 10 books per month.  Despite not having a big quantity reading month, I did have a good quality reading month.  I even handed out four 5-star ratings!  If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I am not one to hand out 5-star ratings lightly.

Which books received the coveted 5-star rating? Read on to find out…

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I hope no one starts throwing rocks at me, but I did not love this book.  It was just “meh” for me.
  • It took me until about the 60% mark to really get into the story.  I kept wondering if anything was actually going to happen in this book…
  • I did enjoy the concept of a Sci-Fi Cinderella retelling – felt the retelling was well done.  Meyer had the right mix of Cinderella elements.
  • The fact that Cinder was a mechanic cyborg is badass!  HOWEVER Cinder wasn’t a badass leading lady… in fact she was fairly angsty & insecure throughout the entirety of the book.  I needed to see some type of evolution in her character.
  • The world building was weak for me.  There were a lot of missing pieces… I almost felt like I was thrown into this world with almost zero backstory.
  • Cliché and predictable… I saw the plot twist a mile away
  • I wasn’t buying the romance.  At all.  It was pretty insta-loveish and I found Kai’s character very pompous and annoying.

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Book Haul

*I would just like to note that April is my birth month AND I attended a book festival… Do I really need to say more?

eBooks:

» The V Girl by Mya Robarts

TheVGirl

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» A Tyranny of Petticoats by various artists

ATyrannyofPetticoats

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Physical Books:

» Neverland by Margot McGovern

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» Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

ChildrenofBloodandBone

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» The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

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» This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnins

ThisDarknessMine

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» They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraquib

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» And I Darken by Kiersten White

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» The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

TheAbsolutelyTrue Diary

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» Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

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» 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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» The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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» Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting By 7

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» The Pigman (The Pigman #1) by Paul Zindel

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LetsChat

Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

8 thoughts on “April 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul”

  1. Well, even if you read a bit less than usual this month, it seems like you read great books! I heard amazing things about Little Fires Everywhere, I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it so much, same goes for The Poet X! I’m sorry you didn’t fall in love with Cinder, though – do you think you’ll keep on going with the series? I feel like it gets better and better, but I understand that it can’t be for everyone 🙂
    I’m glad you got COBAB and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it – everyone seems to have loved it 😀
    Have a wonderful month!! xx

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  2. Ugh. I totally understand why you stopped reading The November Girl. However, I hope you’ll continue to read The Lunar Chronicles. I find Cinder to be the weakest of the quartet. They aren’t mindblowing literature. But they are super fun fairytale retellings. I found the rest of the set to be less predictable. Plus, my favorite character is Cress. 😉

    Your HAUL! You have so many great books on that list. I love A Tyranny of Petticoats and And I Darken. Both great, and very different, historical fiction. I look forward to your thoughts on these books when you get to reading them some day.

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