April in Review // A Month of Slump and Meh
Well, April was a month that had thirty days in it. I spent much of it not reading or working on my blog and decided to go on hiatus to focus on my health. I had a couple of good days and expected to be fully back to my five posts per week schedule come May, but if I am being honest I’m not ready. I’m still on leave from work and need to focus my energy on getting better for now; I hope you all understand!
Before I get into what I read last month, I want to express my eternal gratitude for this community! I have been overwhelmed with messages and well wishes, and it really means a lot to me. More than I can express right now.
Honestly, I think my highlight of the month is finding this screenshot on my laptop while cleaning up some files. This is funny for a couple of reasons: 1) despite being in the ideal demographic for NKOTB and other 90s boy bands, I was a punk rock girl; and 2) of course I would “go viral” with something that is so off-brand for my musical tastes.
I read five books in April, and most of that reading was done in the last half of the month. I definitely was too optimistic last month in thinking that the slump was ending. The weird thing is I feel like I read more this month? I don’t know how that even works. What is reality? Inquiring minds want to know.
As a quick reminder, I’ve done away with star ratings on my wrap-up reviews. You can read more about my reasoning in this discussion post on ratings systems.
My Favorite Read of April
I enjoyed every book that I read this month, but when I think about them there is one standout. Storm of Locusts is an incredible follow-up to The Sixth World series, providing some much desired character development while still maintaining the fast-paced urban fantasy feel & raising the stakes even higher for our characters.
We also learn a bit more about the world after Big Water, and I love that we got to see what’s become of the world beyond The Wall. Characters new and old feel three-dimensional and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I really need the next book now, because that ending.
A lovely review. Thank you for reading! 💙 https://t.co/8t4aOOkofI
— Rebecca Roanhorse on hiatus (@RoanhorseBex) April 21, 2019
ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *
- * The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz – I’ve read a lot of Janz since last fall, and his latest novel pulled no punches! After reading a lot of his re-released work since The Siren and the Specter, I can see a lot of Easter eggs in the narrative to his other works and parallels in storytelling. I enjoy his work more and more! | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse (re-read) – I am really glad that I re-read this book before diving into my eARC of Storm of Locusts because I literally forgot almost everything other than the fact that I liked the book. My goldfish memory strikes again, but it was just as good the second time! | 📖 Read my full review
- * Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse – This book was an incredible follow-up to Roanhorse’s debut. Storm of Locusts is action packed, fast paced, and full of heart with a lot of character development. If you’re a fan of witty banter and found families, this sequel (and series) is definitely for you! | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – buddy read with Bex! – I honestly still can’t believe that I received an eARC of this book. This is a book that I simultaneously wanted to devour and savor; Squad 312 is magnificent and I can’t wait for you all to meet them. I’m still sorting through my thoughts but expect my review before publication day! | 📖 Read my full ARC Review
- Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi – buddy read with Clo! – I’m going to be honest: I have a lot of complicated thoughts about this book that I haven’t fully sorted through yet. I enjoyed this book well enough, the story is interesting despite the characters feeling a bit flat to me and Mafi’s writing style is absolutely captivating for this book. But the problem with reading a series so long after and knowing about future ships made this an… interesting reading experience for me. I liked this book but am really uncomfortable? | 📖 Full Review to Come
DNF – Did Not Finish
Total Books Read: 5 | Total Pages Read: 1,722
Total Books Read in 2019: 26
Goodreads Reading Goal: 52
Awesome Community Posts
I’m really sorry to not have posts to share this month, but I haven’t really been blog hopping due to my hiatus. Hopefully, I will be able to share a bunch in my May wrap-up!
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! Words cannot express how much this community means to me, and I appreciate all the love that’s been sent my way as I deal with health issues.
I hope that you had a fantastic April, let me know how your month went in the comments below!
Let’s go on another adventure together!