March Wrap-Up || April TBR (2017)

Happy April, you guys! How’s everyone been? ๐Ÿก

It’s now been almost a month since I moved back to Jakarta and I must say, things are actually going pretty well! I’ve always known I’m quite adaptable but I suppose I was expecting more… emotional resistance, especially on my own part, but so far so good.ย Perhaps it’s also because I’ve been incredibly busy that I haven’t really had the time to sit down and catch my breath (and I like it that way).ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway! Here’s what I did in March:

  • I finished up my Australian job. For the longest time I’ve been busy trying to train my replacement but I’ve faith that she’ll do fine from now on.
  • I went to Bali for a weekend with my dad! We didn’t manage to do that much, but it was nice to just be away from the chaos that is Jakarta for a bit.ย ๐Ÿ™
  • I reconnected with old friends. Perhaps 90% of my high school classmates moved overseas for university, but it’s been aย long time now and most everyone has returned.

And as for the blog…

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

I received a review copy for this one but haven’t had the chance to read it yet! I’m just hoping there’s no insta-love, because I’ve been burned before… ๐Ÿ˜…

The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford โ€“ a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

Finally picking this one up. ๐Ÿ’

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalilย’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Aka one of everyone’s most anticipated YA releases this year. I’ve heard such rave reviews but haven’t had time yet. ๐Ÿ™

How did your March go? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ’š

66 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up || April TBR (2017)

  1. I’m glad that you had a great month and that everything is going good with moving and adjusting! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I’m very exited about Strange the Dreamer! I have heard amazing things about Laini Taylor’s writing and I seriously need to read something by her. Though I’m still not sure if I’ll first pick this book up, or start with The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I hope you enjoy it and I’ll looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it, once you read it! ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Thank you! And yeah, Laini Taylor’s writing is actually really good – I didn’t much like DoSaB, but I still loved her writing and Strange the Dreamer has that equally whimsical, gorgeous writing. I hope you end up giving her a chance and enjoying her works. ๐Ÿ’•


  2. I’m glad you’re doing well in Jakarta ๐Ÿ™‚ and reuniting with old friends, I love that! I miss my high school ladies, I’m hoping to see them soon!
    Have a wonderful April!


  3. I’m glad you’re having a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope April brings you more of those moments.
    I need to thank you for your wrap up – now that I’m catching up on what I’ve been missing the past few weeks, this makes it easier to organize myself ๐Ÿ˜› And the other posts you shared seem interesting too, I need to give them a look ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Happy to see that your transition back home is going smoothly and you are able to reconnect with old friends.

    I’m so happy to see you loved the ending of ACOL… I have been putting off reading it because I am terrified Schwab is going to kill of characters ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Can’t wait to see what you think of The Hate U Give. I hope to read it soon as well.

    Happy reading in April!


  5. Looks like you indeed had a busy month with a lot of change – but glad to hear it’s all going well ๐Ÿ™‚
    ACOL! Definitely best ending ever โค Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy TILOML! I was so excited for this one at first, because I LOVED Ari and Dante, but seeing all the negative reviews and hearing about the problematic aspects make me not want to pick it up anymore.
    Thanks for the shoutout! ๐Ÿ™‚ And your most anticipated reads list looks amazing, they're all still on my TBR as well. Hope you'll enjoy!


  6. I’ve heard of both strange the dreamer and the hate u give, but the bone season is a book I’ve never heard and it sounds very, very, very interesting, so thanks for sharing it! My month has gone great as well by the way!


  7. Eeep! I’m hoping to read all three of those books soon as well! Strange the Dreamer I still have to order, but I have The Bone Season and The Hate U Give!!


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