You guys, I’ve been feeling so uninspired lately. Which is weird because I’ve been feeling incredibly inspired too. I’m not making any sense, am I? Let me explain…
Last month I started a course which I’ve been thrilled about. I am throwing myself toward the tasks and assignments while putting in as many extra hours as I can, to do research on the subject. It’s been wonderful and the hard work’s most certainly paying off too. But while I’ve been enjoying the bliss of inspiration with regards to my course, I’ve definitely noticed a lack of enthusiasm with bookstagram and blogging. I’m hoping things will turn around soon, starting with me writing this post after procrastinating to a point where I actually feel guilty.
While I didn’t read as much as I did during March, I still managed to get through a couple books. Let’s take a look at the list of titles I managed to tick off my TBR:
THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS BY RUTH HOGAN
This book was sent to me by the awesome folks from Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I’ve seen this book all over the place after I received my copy and couldn’t wait to get started because the premise sounded so cool. My initial impression wasn’t wrong because I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it. It’s one of those stories filled with everything you need – drama, romance, friendship and even a ghostly surprise mixed in as well. But what was really exciting to me while reading this book was that the author, Ruth Hogan and I had a little chat on Instagram about the story! She was so kind and it took everything in me not to go a little crazy with the questions, hahah! If you’d like to read my full write up of this book, you can find it over here.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST NOVELIZATION
OMG have you seen the Beauty and the Beast live-action film yet??? It was AMAZING! Seriously, I cannot wait for it to come out on DVD so that I can watch it on repeat for the rest of my life. They couldn’t have done a better job with bringing this beloved fairy tale to life. I’ll admit, even though I knew Emma Watson was to play Belle I still had my reservations, just because I thought the remake of Cinderella was awful. But turns out I had nothing to worry about! The Beauty and the Beast novelization was just the film written in book form. And while it was lovely to take a peek into the minds of these larger than life characters, I’d recommend that you read the book before watching the movie. Just because the movie is absolutely brilliant and the book will feel disappointing after watching it. I wrote my full review of this book over here.
WINTERSONG BY S. JAE JONES
I buddy read Wintersong with Moonlight Books during April after wanting to read it for so long. I’ve seen this book all over bookstagram so naturally, I wanted to read it too. I’m here to say that this one does not get my stamp of approval. I plan to write a full review of this book at some point but I just cannot bring myself to do so right now. This has got to be one of the most frustrating books I ever read – I honestly felt like there was no point to the story, which is a horrible thing to say, I realize. Wintersong made me so angry! There was just way too many things wrong for me to find it enjoyable and that was annoying since it started off so well, and seemed to have all the elements I’d love in a book. I’ve ranted and raved right along with Moonlight Books and actually wanted to DNF it a couple of times. Sadly I went through with it and felt robbed of my time and money by the end of the story.
*Please don’t let this discourage you from picking it up because a few people whose judgment I hold in high regard loved this book. Maybe it just wasn’t for me!*
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS
Yup! I reread ACOTAR for the third time during April in preparation for ACOWAR. I actually buddy read this one with Moonlight Books too and it was amazing. If you know me at all then you know that ACOMAF is one of my favourite books. EVER. I know some people are not the biggest fan of this series, and some said that ACOMAF was a cop out. I strongly disagree. Having read this book for the third time, I can honestly say that I admire Sarah J. Maas and her writing. When I read the book again I picked up all that was wrong with the characters and I could instantly see that there was a bigger plan for the story as a whole. I also managed to form my own theories about ACOWAR and it’s killing me that I don’t have a copy of the book yet because it’s my most anticipated read for 2017.
That brings April to a total of four books read! I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and it is freaking fantastic! I am not even half way through and already the shit has hit the fan so hard!
What was your favourite book for April? And what are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!