Books, books, and more books! That is the best way to describe my reading in April. I thought I had read a lot in March, but April was an even stronger reading month. I honestly used to doubt whether I would even get through my entire giant TBR, but after this month, I am confident that it can be done given time. April in books is the fourth is my continuing series that shares what I read in a month and my thoughts on them.
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April in books
The final 29 volumes of this series, which I read in the first two days of the month. I really enjoyed the heck out of this series. As far as I could tell, there was little to no difference between the manga and the anime series. However, I noticed that the storylines from the movies were not in the manga. I was a little bit disappointed by this, as I enjoyed the movies as well, but this is just an incentive to watch them again.
This collection of short stories occurs, before, during and after the events of the Lunar Chronicles series. For the most part, I enjoyed these stories. However, there was one that I found quite confusing and I’m not sure how it fits into the series overall. I would recommend reading this one after the main series, as the stories do contain a number of spoilers that will ruin the experience of the series as a whole.
I remember loving this one as a kid. Reading it now, I still enjoyed it, however, I felt as though some of the magic of the story was lost. Still fun and whimsical, typical of Dahl’s writing.
The second book in The Borrowers series. This one was a bit shorter than the first, however, the story was pretty solid. In fact, I would say that I liked this one just a bit better than the first, as the situation that the borrowers find themselves in really shows off their strengths and weaknesses and makes the story more appealing overall. This is the type of book I would have enjoyed more when I was younger but was still a fun read.
This was an audiobook I had gotten for free a few years ago. The premise of this book was quite interesting. The idea that death was no longer something to fear since true death rarely happened anymore. It’s a short book, but I won’t hold that against it as I don’t think the story would have held up any better had it been longer.
I will admit, I’m torn on this one. I want to say I loved it because it’s Star Wars. But the truth is, I found it pretty mediocre. The problem was with the writing style more than anything else. I found Wendig’s writing to be almost bothersome to read because it’s so different from all the other Star Wars books out there. I will read the rest of the trilogy in the near future and hopefully, the writing style will grow on me and make me enjoy the story ore.
The second book in the series and boy what a book it was. Honestly, so much happened in this book that it’s hard to put my thoughts down on it. All I can tell you is that this series is really good and though it’s a middle-grade novel, it can be enjoyed by adults as well. I highly recommend this series.
This one was recommended by my husband, as he had listed to last year. I figured based upon the title alone this would be an entertaining listen. The first half of this book was indeed entertaining and I found his points to be quite eye-opening. However, during the second half of the book, I started not giving a fuck. Ironic? Probably. Or perhaps it was a sign that the book was having an impact on me. If you’re curious about this one, then give it a try. However, if you are averse to cursing, then avoid this book because it has plenty.
For a while now, I have been wanting to read Tamora Pierce. I have heard plenty of good things about her books but had yet to read anything by her. Then I recently happened to come upon the entire Song of the Lioness series at the used book store and figured that was my chance to check out her writing. It took me a while to get into this one, however, the second half of this book is where the story really shined. Since these books are aimed for middle-grade/young adult readers, the writing is a bit simple, but even so, the story does has a bit of depth to it. I will be reading the rest of the series soon, as I hope it will grow stronger with each book and I am curious as to where the story will go from here.
By far my favorite Murder, She Wrote novel so far. Normally, these books start off a bit slow, but this one pulled me in right from the beginning and I devoured it in a single sitting. This book is a perfect reflection of the show and how it felt to watch those episodes. The strength of the story surpassed all the previous novels and I hope it is a sign of what is to come with the rest of the series. Now, I am excited to continue on with this series.
The third book in the Earthsea Cycle. This one was alright. I found the story to be a bit on the slow side and I never really felt any connection to the new character Arren. Even so, I will be continuing on with this series.
As a fan of westerns, I’m always on the lookout for books set in this genre. This one was a random find at a used book store a few years back. It sounded intriguing so I picked it up. This was a very solid and enjoyable story and had everything I love about westerns in it. I do wish that there was a bit more gunfighting in it, especially given the title, but overall a good book.
It was only after finishing this book that I realized it was part of a series. In fact, this is the tenth book in the series. However, it is not required to have read the previous novels to enjoy this book.
I wanted to love this one, I really did. In fact, I had picked this book up because it had good reviews and was recommended to me based upon some other books I had read and loved. Truth be told, I almost didn’t finish this one, but I soldiered on and managed to get through it. In the end, it was better than I initially felt about it, but it just didn’t speak to me enough to love it. It was still an interesting story, I just think I didn’t get it enough to truly appreciate it.
The third book in the series and in my opinion, the weakest so far. Though a number of things happened throughout the book, I feel like it strayed a bit too much from the previous books. I will continue with the series and hope that the remaining books are better.
I actually picked up this book because Ruth from Ruth In Revolt (sadly she doesn’t blog anymore) recommended it. I haven’t gone out of my way to read books about mental health, but it’s something that I have wanted to do. This was quite a powerful read and I can see why she recommends it. This book really does a fantastic job of painting what it’s like to live with depression. If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, then I highly recommend picking up this book. I think it’s especially important for those who know someone with depression but don’t fully understand what that person is going through. It really paints the picture perfectly and I hope will give insight into what it is to live with it.
Oh boy, I’m conflicted when it comes to this book. Part of me enjoyed the story, and it was a pretty quick read too. However, once I was done I couldn’t help but constantly thinking of how the book was just one big pile of cliches. I think that if everything wasn’t such a blatant cliche, then the book would be a solid one, but it’s hard to ignore that.
A few years ago I listened to most of The Hollows series and really enjoyed them. This year I decided to give the series proper attention and listen to them all. The Turn was a great prequel story to the main Hollows series. I had kind of wondered about some events that were mentioned in the main series and this book answered all of my questions. Though the story is amazing on its own, I have to say that Marguerite Gavin does a fantastic job of bringing it and the characters to life. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the series again.
The third book in the series and this one really ramped up a lot. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I can’t believe that a middle-grade novel can grab my attention so thoroughly. Unfortunately, I can’t say much without giving away the story. But what I can say is wow do I love this series. I honestly wish I had these books when I was growing up. Looking back on a lot of the books I read when I was younger, they seem so simple compared to these.
The second book in the Song of the Lioness series. This one was pretty good. Certainly not as enjoyable as the first but a solid read. My one issue was that the amount of time that passed in this book, I believe it was 4 or 5 years, made things seem a bit too rushed. I realize that the author was likely trying to keep the book a certain length, as well as the series itself, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if there was more happening instead of major time skips just to get everything done by the end of the book. This is a series that I certainly would have enjoyed more when I was younger, but still good enough that I will continue on.
The final book in the After trilogy and it’s set three-ish years after an EMP knocks out everything. I had kind of high hopes for this book, as I really enjoyed the first two in the series, however, this one fell short. I felt that I was reading history and military texts than an actual story. I get that history and the military mindset has played a major roll in the series, but I felt that it bogged down this final part of the story.
Having loved the Appleseed movies, and to a lesser extent the series, I was eager to read the manga. I was actually really surprised how different these books were from the movies. In fact, I was kind of disappointed with them. The first two volumes weren’t too bad, but the last two were not very enjoyable. It honestly makes me wonder how the movie stories came to be because they hold little resemblance to each other – but I’m grateful for that because the movies are amazing.
April in books stats
- Books read: 52
- Books purchased: 0
- Books purged: 28
- Books DNF’d: 1
Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.
What did you read in April? Any favorites that I should check out?