April Wrap Up & Haul

Another late wrap up and haul post!  But still, I will not be stopped in putting up some pretty pictures of books I read and acquired in the month of April, so let’s get to it!

Wrap Up

I was a reading machine in April!  I really discovered how much I enjoy taking baths, and have since discovered that by reading in the tub, I can knock out an extra three books a month. Plus, I was speed reading ACOTAR and ACOMAF in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin (thank god I did that), so that padded my April list as well.

  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, the Battle of the Labyrinth & the Last Olympian  – There isn’t much to say about this series that hasn’t been said 100 times before, so instead of writing a review I just put together a compilation of all of my favorite quotes from the series! I loved Percy, and I thought his sass and humor really made these books as enjoyable as they were. Overall I give the series as a whole 4 stars.
  • The Bird and the Sword – Highly recommended to me by my wonderful friend Milana from @acouplereads, I loved this fairy tale type story! I need to put together a good review to do it justice, but this was a wonderful read with a happy ending that was just so, so satisfying. 5 stars!
  • Strange the Dreamer – Whew, this book! It was amazing and gorgeous and mystical and everything I ever DREAMED it would be. 5 stars and still contemplating how to tackle a review…
  • Heartless – Oh dear God. This book. I buddy read this with my sister and BFF Isabel from @bookishlybelle, and I will say that without their support, I don’t think I would have made it to the end. It is one of those stories where you know the ending from the very first page, but you refuse to accept it. And then cry still when it happens. Damn you Marissa Meyer. 4 stars.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses – I solidly stand by my original rating of 3 stars for this one! The beginning is… boring unfortunately. But once Feyre goes Under the Mountain, I loved every page.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury – I think I enjoyed this masterpiece more the second time around. There were so many details that I appreciated more during a reread, and the character development is just… wow. All the stars, this book is in my top 5 ever.

Haul:

I will admit that I bought way more books this month than I should have. I call it the “bookcon prep frenzy”.  For some unknown reason, I have convinced myself that I can read all the books that I need to read in order to be fully prepared for bookcon and all the authors that I have not yet experienced. (again I am not sure why or how I convinced myself this is going to work; present Syd is wondering what the hell past Syd was taking)
Barnes & Noble

  • Norse Mythology – I have no idea why I grabbed this one on my last Barnes & Noble visit. Probably because I had a 20% off coupon and it kills me to NOT use it. But I am reading this currently, and I am enjoying the Norse Gods antics so far.
  • Alex & Eliza – another “I WILL read this before bookcon I SWEAR!” book

Book Boyfriend Box

  • Hunted

FairyLoot

  • Given to the Sea – While I loved this box and everything in it, I will confess that I started to read this one and was so confused in the first 5 chapters that I had to put it down.

Nicholas

  • Redwall – I know I have said this before, and I will most certainly say it again, but my boyfriend is so sweet sometimes. I have been telling him recently how much I loved the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, and how other than Harry Potter, those were the books that really got me into reading, and he went and bought me the first one to reread and add to my library!

Thrift Books

  • Most of the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series – I got all four of these books off of ThriftBooks.com for about $15 and that is a huge win! They are not in perfect condition, but since I have been bringing books into the tub with me, maybe it’s a good thing…

Family

  • My brother also sent me Furies of Calderon because he is so supportive and sweet AND I introduced him to amazingness of book depository.  For a mass market paperpack, I actually really like how this one looks!

Well, April was a wonderful reading month and I am so glad I finally knocked out some books that have been on my shelf for months. I didn’t get as many of the “must read these before bookcon” books completed, but it was still a fun month. Thank god for the discovery of bath time reading, I may have to up my Goodreads goal if I keep it up!

6 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & Haul

  1. My TBR of books to read before BEA/BookCon is still pretty massive. I think I have another 6 or 7 books I’d like to start and finish in the next 10 days. It shall be delightful chaos. Good luck with your own reading before the con.

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