Ah, April, April, April. April was a ridiculously busy month for me in real life, mostly because I was kind of shaken out of my routine for a bit—I flew back to Indonesia to stay with the folks for about two weeks, travelled to Japan with my best friends for a week, and stayed with the folks again for another week. 😛
I was also working from home pretty much the whole time, which was stressful because my laptop was practically dying (and finally died). Sometimes it wouldn’t start up, sometimes it started up but barely worked, sometimes it started up to a kernel panic… Thankfully it’s now updated to the glorious El Capitan, which I’m really liking so far. ❤
Blogging-wise, I kind of have been relying on scheduled posts because I was away a lot of the time. Here’s what we’re up to last month:
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | ★★★★☆ | Bittersweet. Emotional. Heartbreaking.
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick | ★★★★☆ | Character-driven. Likeable protagonists. A healthy teenage (romantic) relationship.
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin |★★★★★ | Action-filled. Alternate history, which is super cool. Fast-paced. Gripping from start to finish.
- Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin | ★★★★☆ | Thoughtful. Relateable. Sensitive treatment of the concept of gender fluidity.
- The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright | ★☆☆☆☆ | Extremely problematic. Vapid. Overall really not enjoyable.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab | ★★★★☆ | Really strong world-building. Excellent characters. Starts a bit slow.
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
- Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
- The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
- Top Ten Book Bloggers You Should Follow | All the love for all the bloggers!
- Let’s Talk: Not Finishing Books | In which I talk about one of the dilemmas all readers encounter at least once in their lives: do you DNF books you don’t enjoy?
- Top Ten Book Blogging Delights | Here’s to all the lovely, lovely things I’ve experienced after I started blogging about books.
Around the Blogosphere
- Maha from Younicorn Reads asks: where are the men in YA books?
- The girls at Fiction and Tea shares 4 ways to gain loyal blog followers.
- Ava from Bookishness and Tea discusses social media for book bloggers.
- Jesalin from Blogging Everything Beautiful interviewed me for a Feature with Followers post, which was just super wonderful. ❤
- Nazahet from Read Diverse Books shares 8 lessons he’s learned from three months of blogging.
- Jorelene from Page Chronicles talks about how she deals with (potential) tearjerkers.
- Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense discusses monthly TBR lists.
- Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares her thoughts on blogging, pressure and other struggles of being a book blogger.
- Poulami from Daydreaming Reads asks: do other people’s ratings and reviews affect your opinion on a book?
- Lauren from Wonderless Reviews does a Top Ten Tuesday list on delightful bookish posts.
- Aentee from Read at Midnight takes us through a graphics tutorial using Canva and Freepik.
- Ari from The Daydreaming Bookworm talks about when our highly anticipated books end up disappointing us.
- Lila from The Bookkeeper’s Secrets shares some tools and tips for making graphics without Photoshop.
- Paul at The Galaxial Word discusses some ways book bloggers can make money. CASH IN, GUYS.
- Trang and Lashaan from Bookidote asks: how much should you rely on reviews?
- Aria from Aria Stuck in Wonderland asks: what makes a good protagonist?
Most Anticipated Reads
The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most… including herself.
I just started this last weekend and IT’S GOOD SO FAR. Great writing, interesting plot. Here’s hoping that momentum is sustained over the course of the whole story!
The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
An Aladdin retelling! YEEES. This one has mixed reviews — I’ve started it too but haven’t read enough to form an opinion on it.
The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
Richelle Mead has been a bit of a miss for me lately but I’m intrigued by the blurb for this one! Anyone read it yet and care to share some thoughts?
How was your April? Link me up to your wrap-up post or let me know in the comments and HAPPY MAY! ❤