Books Read = 11
After “Mediocre March”, April went immensely better, thank goodness. I thought for sure I was headed straight for Slumpville. I finally managed to find a non 3-star read (and even read my second 5 star of the year!) I participated in the OWL’s Magical Readathon and while I didn’t do as well as I had hoped (I thought I could read all 12, lol) I did manage to read 8 (with the 9th being a DNF). Not bad, if I do say so myself.
I got a little sidetracked and ended up reading a few unplanned ones as well.
I’ve been once again having a hard time writing reviews and I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to make reviews fun and interesting again not just for me but for my readers. Is it just me or are standard reviews just not as exciting anymore? For me, at least in terms of writing reviews, I need to get back to basics and start doing what I used to do and what worked for years: keeping a notebook, taking notes, writing down quotes, jotting down random feelings. Being able to refer to this when I actually sit down to write makes it so much easier for me because it gives me a starting point rather than sitting down with all my thoughts and being overwhelmed and just moving on to the next book. Hoping to get find my groove in May a little more.
Best of the Month: Like Lions: A Novel (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich ★★★★★
I absolutely loved Bull Mountain (that one got 5 stars from me too) and I was so anxious to get my hands on this sequel that I ordered a copy from across the pond before it was available in the US. I’m so glad I did. This was just as fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Panowich has in store for us next.
Least Favorite: The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai ★★
I’ve heard many great things about Alisha Rai and was drawn to this new contemporary romance series of hers that involves the world of online dating. I was definitely in the mood for some fluff but the characters + story just didn’t do it for me.
Biggest Surprise: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane ★★★★
I bought this way back in 2015 and it’s always been one of those I mean to start but never do, typically because I’m unwilling to commit to a new series. I’m a huge Urban Fantasy fan though so I always felt guilty when I’d see it on my TBR. I’m not sure why I’m quite as surprised as I am that I loved it. I never knew I needed some dark Urban Fantasy in my life but this was the answer. I can’t wait to pick up the next installment.
Biggest Disappointment: Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab ★★
I bought this one in 2015 too! This was the month of knocking out the metaphorical dust bunny collecting ebooks, apparently. It was one of those that I kept holding off on picking up because everyone truly raved about this title (and Schwab in general.) Yes, this was my first Schwab too. I’m disappointed on many levels.