April Wrap-Up

Total Reads: 15
Average rating for the month: 3.8 out of 5 stars
I decided against a book on my TBR due to a particularly negative rating on it.
Books 50 through 52 were for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

40. Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

I don’t know how else to describe this book besides warrior cats with clans. I remember hearing about this series when I was a young crazed cat lover. At the age I currently am, I probably would have given this book three stars, but I know a younger version of me, say the age I would have been at publication, would have absolutely loved it so I gave it an extra star based on that.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Read: April 1-2, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22635871-warriors-1

41. The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
20640318This book follows Deanna who has three rules: “1. Don’t leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don’t kill anyone.” This book is an erotic thriller and I had heard the buzz surrounding it and wanted to try it out for myself. It took some time getting into the formatting of several POV’s with some unlabeled. Maybe I set my hopes for this one a little high, but with the last twenty or so pages seeming out of place, I couldn’t give this a higher rating than I did.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: April 3-5, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20640318-the-girl-in-6e

42. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
20170404 I’m really upset that I wouldn’t have picked this up if it wasn’t a book club pick because I surprisingly enjoyed this. I liked that it was post apocalyptic with a plague, but it wasn’t really about the plague. It did take sometime to get into it, but I flew through it when I did.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: April 4-5, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20170404-station-eleven

43. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead27272506 I’m thinking of classifying this more as historical fiction as it’s not very fantasy. it seemed a little more rushed through things; the glittering court training was over about a quarter in the book though it was a span of several months. Unfortunately the side characters arent really fleshed out as I assume they are the companion novels to this, but not fleshing them out here doesn’t make for me wanting to know these stories. i didn’t find myself wanting to read this, but found myself continuing hoping it’d get more interesting
Rating: 3/5 stars.
Read: April 9-12, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27272506-the-glittering-court

44. Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

9742411 I fell in love with her other book, The War that Saved My Life, last year so I was curious about this one. When my library had it available one day, I figured it was worth a shot and was not disappointed. This author does an excellent job portraying historical situations for a middle grade audience expecially since this one has to do with slavery.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: April 13, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9742411-jefferson-s-sons

45. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
2913377Halfway into this, I knew it would be a five star read for me. I tried to make reading this last longer because I don’t want to know how it feels to wait for the last book, but that didn’t help me. I was drawn to this book; I fell madly in love with Kvothe and his story. That being said, I have nothing but love for this book. No words I can come up with will be able to do it justice.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
Read: March 17-April 14, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2913377-the-name-of-the-wind

46. Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
26200563The book about the musical. It contains annotations on the songs which are perfect if you are listening along. This book is physically beautiful as well; it deserves the nickname Hamiltome. I cried a lot while reading this; don’t try and count the times.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
Read: April 12-15, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26200563-hamilton

47. The Young Elites by Marie Lu20821111This book was a cover buy that I needed to get around to reading so I listened to this on audio while at work today. It’s interesting, but got a bit trope-y at times. I liked it as much as Marie Lu’s previous book Legend at least.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 16, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821111-the-young-elites

48. Watership Down by Richard Adams76620Although i found myself enjoying this, being reminded that they were rabbits got old after awhile, but I’m glad i gave this a reread because it had been many years.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: April 16-17, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76620.Watership_Down

49. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
24885634The premise for this sounded amazing, but the characters fell flat in comparison to the world building. It also felt a little longer than necessary. Also tons of goats if you care about them.
Rating: 3/5 stars.
Read: April 21, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24885634-the-scorpion-rules

50. The Wife by Meg Woltizer
18006389Not a book for everyone as the writer’s voice is unique; it took sometime to get into the writing making the beginning of this feel sluggish. The big reveal was obvious very early on, but I did enjoy the build up to it as you could tell where it was headed.
Rating: 3/5 stars.
Read: April 23, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/394255.The_Wife

51. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
18607160I’m glad this wasn’t a coming out story, but it was slightly generic after that; I wasn’t attached to the characters. However, it did do a good job showing an unhealthy relationship.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: April 23-24, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18607160-lies-my-girlfriend-told-me

52. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
7489370Wow, I was worried I wasn’t going to like this as much as I did his plays, but I’m so happy I was wrong. Definitely a favorite for me. I didn’t see where this was headed from the beginning and it was really addicting.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
Read: April 24, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7489370-the-picture-of-dorian-gray

53. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
1582996another reread since I originally stopped when this series was a trilogy still. I stand by my initial rating. Interestingly enough I remembered the least about this one.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: April 25-27, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1582996.City_of_Ashes

54. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2657In the end my hopes were high for a book I knew nothing about because everyone said it’s good. I feel dirty giving it 3 stars which isn’t even a bad rating.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: April 28-29, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2657.To_Kill_a_Mockingbird


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