This month was kind of interesting. My reading game was pretty strong in the beginning, but then I got stuck on The Lies of Locke Lamora and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I didn’t really pay attention to how big they were until I was in the middle of them and began wondering how much longer it would take me to finish up. Those books are legit TOMES. I’m talkin’ 700+ pages. I wasn’t ready. So, I didn’t really read as many books as I had hoped I would read, but at least I managed to knock off some of the two largest books from my TBR!
I’ve only just finished Harry Potter, so I can’t include it in this wrap up, meaning I only got through four books this month 😦
THE CASE FOR JAMIE (Charlotte Holmes #3) | Brittany Cavallaro
Thoughts: Excellent writing. Nuanced. Strong character development in both the leading characters. Missed their dynamic as a pair, but their individual journeys just as fascinating. Unpredictable. Fun and funny and romantic.
CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS (The Mortal Instruments #4) | Cassandra Clare
Thoughts: Unnecessary drama and angst, though expected. A reminder that, yes, Simon is not perfect. Book of rocky relationships. Great action sequences and properly creepy in some places. A foreboding ending that implies chaos and devastation is on its way.
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE | Jennifer Niven
Thoughts: Not as memorable as I would have liked. Characters not extremely likable. Interesting exploration and reasonably fair depiction of prosopagnogia. Couldn’t get behind the romance: not fully fleshed out. Boring.
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA | Scott Lynch
Thoughts: Ridiculously fun and violent. In-depth world-building. Imaginative. Tone of the story makes a 180 by the middle of the book: heist to revenge plot, but the transition is smooth. Hilarious and likable characters. One of the best times I’ve had while reading a book.
WARRIOR OF THE WILD | Tricia Levenseller | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
ENCHANTÉE | Gita Trelease | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
I attended my good friend, Maeve’s wedding on April 13th in Buffalo, New York! That occasion marked the first time I’ve ever been to Buffalo and the first time that I’ve ever been invited to a wedding without my family! It was a fantastic time, a beautiful ceremony and reception, and Maeve was so stunning in her dress.
It was an amazing feeling to be reunited with her after three years following our return from Ireland in 2016. Hopefully we can meet again much sooner!
OTHER GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED
- I finally got my hair cut! It’s been about five years, my hair was long but unhealthy with the numerous split ends I had. I was very happy with the end result!
- The weekend of April 27 and 28 was INTENSE. I saw Avenger’s: Endgame on Saturday (IT. WAS. AMAZING.) and I saw GOT’s The Battle of Winterfell on Sunday (Not as amazing as expected, but still a really good episode!)
So I thought that I would read The Red Scrolls of Magic the moment it came out, but when it came down to it, I just wasn’t in the mood. I ended up reading The Lies of Locke Lamora instead. So now that I’ve gotten through both Locke Lamora and Order of the Phoenix, I think I might finally read Red Scrolls. But right now, I’m giving my brain a rest. I decided to read something lighter for the moment.
I hope to do a reading update sometime this week to let you know what I’m reading and what I plan on reading this month!
But for now, thanks for stopping by! Until next time ❤