April Wrap Up and Updated TBR List
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Happy May!! 🌸
Last month I posted my rolling TBR list and new way of managing what I read. So far it is working pretty well for me. In this blog post I will share with you all what I read from my list in the month of April with some of my thoughts. Also my new list. It is a little big. But this month I am participating in the "May the Force Read With you Read-A-Thon" (stay tuned tomorrow for my blog about that) I will be taking books from my list to fill the prompts in that read-a-thon.
So here are the books that I checked of my list in April:
This was so hard to get through. I was determined to finish because This was book nine out of nine books in the series. Every three books in this series is about a different couple within this Carrero family. The first six were great and I found them to be a lot of fun. I was skeptical about the Alexi and Camilla books because Camilla was already established as a hated character in previous books. She does some pretty nasty stuff. You do get a little insight into why Camilla is the way she is but it is repeated over and over and over. These last three books could have been just one book. The author repeated herself way too much. It just dragged on and on and took forever for anything exciting to happen. Not a fan of this one.
I am reading Tolkien with my teenagers. We did the Hobbit a couple months ago and then watched all of the movies. We are all reading on our own. I have been listening to the audio books for these because ... Andy Serkis! He is great! He sings all of the songs and as you can imagine his voices for all of the characters are just amazing. I have never read Tolkien and I am having a blast so far reading these and discussing them with my kids and finally getting to experience the magic that is Tolkien. I am seeing why he is so beloved. Excited for The Two Towers. Patiently waiting for my kiddos to finish before I move on.
I had a great time reading this with my hubby, @Steve , @Jolien Reads and @MaedBetweenthePages . They had a fun and thoughtful discussion on Jolien's channel and I was there to participate in the chat.
I really enjoyed hearing their thoughts. The conversation makes things interesting and helped me pick up on some things I missed. This book, you could tell, was heavily inspired by the show Peaky Blinders, I liked that feel of it because I love that show. I didn't feel like it was too on the nose. It was just a great balance of a Peaky Blinders feel with some fantasy and magical elements. We are going to keep going with the next book Priest of Lies. These are rather short books as far as fantasy goes so anyone could totally catch up to us for the next one and join in.
This one I am also reading with @Steve. I liked this one too. It was a fun short fantasy read also. It has some strong Sons of Anarchy parallels but with orcs and fantasy elements. I felt in this one that the SOA parallels were a little too on the nose and not at all subtle. But I had a good time with it. I enjoyed the humor, the action, and the darkness of the story.
This was my first time reading a true crime book. I liked it. I read it because @Lezlie started a Crime and Wine book club and this was the first pick! Reading it with others and hearing everyone's thoughts and theories made it so fun! I liked the crime aspect of this with some paranormal elements. Here is the fun discussion from Lezlie's channel, there are spoilers. I am so glad I added this fun club to my months and I am looking forward to the next one, Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough.
THIS BOOK! The Dark Tower broke my heart, it made me cry tears of anger and tears of joy. It was bitter sweet. I really loved this one, it may be my favorite book in the series. I know that this book can be a little controversial with some people loving it and some people angry with it. But I thought it was a perfect way to end this journey. My only complaint is that it spoiled both the Cujo book and movie for me, but I suppose that can be forgiven. I would recommend reading some of the books connected before reading this book, it really adds to the enjoyment of the series. @Amanda Feeser has a great video on her channel about reading some of the books connected to the Dark Tower books. (link below)
I cannot wait to discuss this with the Ka-Tet and see what everyone else thinks. Right now it is planned for May the 7th and will be on @Joseph Carrel's new youtube channel. It will be spoiler filled. Keep an eye on the calendar post for updates on that discussion.
Here is the link to Joseph's channel, he has some fun stuff going on over there if you haven't checked it out yet!
This book was OK. I felt like it was a bunch of fantasy romance tropes mashed into one book. Things moved so fast that I didn't feel I had time to be invested in any of the characters and had trouble rooting for them because of that. This was book one in a series, I am not too sure if I will keep going yet. Even though I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, it was the pick for The High Court Ladies monthly read-a-thon. No matter what the book is, the read-a-thon is always a blast! I was unable to be on camera this month for the live midnight kick off, but I was in the chat. It is always a great time with these ladies and I always try to finish the book by the end of the weekend.
This book was a gift from @Stacyejaye and I read it to attempt to catch up with @Jolien Reads so that I can read the next one when she reads it. Jolien had great things to say about this book and she or Stacey have never steered me wrong. This book had a very interesting premise. I enjoyed the world building, the political intrigue, and cultural and religious aspects of it. The only thing I didn't enjoy as much is some of the action and fighting parts that went on a little too long, but that's never really been my thing. I will go on to the next one Kushiel's Chosen and have added it to my new TBR list.
This is a book that was not on my list. I have been dealing with some autoimmune and health issues. My functional medicine doctor wanted me to read this as part of the healing journey that I am on. It was very good and had so much information that I really needed. Before I read the book I watched the TEDX talk that Dr. Wahls gave and was just so inspired to learn more. I am going to link that video below because I just found it to be very informative and inspirational and can be for everyone.
So that was everything that I got to in April! I am behind on my Monthly Marianna for April- Under Locke. I didn't end up starting my re-read of that until May 1st. But I will be updating that post as I finish my re-read and creating a new one for May- Kulti!
Here is my new list. Stay tuned tomorrow (May the 4th) Star Wars day, for my blog about the read-a-thon!
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince (May)
Little Women- Louisa May Alcott (classic)
Under Locke- Mariana Zapata (romance)
The Healing Mindset (1 chapter a day)
Shadow of Night- Deborah Harkness (paranormal romance)
The Bone Shard Daughter (Read a thon May)
Kushiels Chosen- Jaqueline Carey (fantasy romance)
Kulti- Monthly Marianna May
Child of the Prophecy- Juliet Marillier (fantasy romance)
Priest of Lies
Insomnia (wine and crime)
The wind through the keyhole
Well Met- Jen DeLuca (romance)
The Dead Inside- Laurel Hightower (horror)
A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
A Court of Silver Flames- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
What He Never Knew- Kandi Steiner (romance)
Bad Liar- Lauren Rowe (romance)
Lover Awakened- J.R. Ward (paranormal romance)
The Wreckage of Us- Britainy C. Cherry (romance)
Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon (fantasy?)
Fools Errand- Robin Hobb (fantasy) (june)
Lady of the Lake- Adrej Sapkowski (grimdark fantasy)
The Only Good Indians- Stephen Graham Jones (horror)
The Darkness that Comes Before (june)
What did you all read in April? What's everyone reading in May? Have you all read any of these books? I always look forward to any discussion about things that I am reading!
Hope everyone has a good month!