Two words: finals week. It was hell, and I wasn’t able to post anything here or even read much – I’m still not that good at time management. But I survived, and now I’m free to read more finally! I only read five books this month – and one of them was for class – but April was a good reading month. I loved most of the books I read, and i had a good time with all of them.
Also, a quick update! I’m doing eye surgery tomorrow, and I won’t be able to stand clarity for a few days, so I’ll probably post again next Monday, sorry.
But let’s get to the books, which is what matters.
The first book I read this month was Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the sequel to Illuminae, which is a sci-fi thriller type of book. It was a five stars read – most people say that they liked the first one better, but I loved them both the same. The characters were amazing, and fit exactly the type of trope that I love. The plot was also incredibly intense and nerve wrecking. I finished it and already wanted to reread it. And I might, before the next one come out and when I get my hands on the audiobooks. I also am planning on doing a review for it, so stay tuned!
Then I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, which is a poetry collection. It was a good one – I feel like for people who don’t like poetry too much but want to get into it is the perfect book. It had some really amazing poems, but I felt that some of them were too short and didn’t make me think. However, the few ones that did make it worth it. I rated it 3.5/5 stars.
The third book I read was A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I didn’t expect to like it. Okay, I expected to like it, but I didn’t expect to love it but so much. I’m not that much of a fan of Sherlock Holmes – have nothing against the books, am tired of the BBC adaptation, but I like the concept of it. And this book made me bite my tongue. I absolutely loved this version of Holmes and Watson. I couldn’t put it down, and I couldn’t figure out the mystery. I rated it 4 stars. It was an amazing story and if you want to know more in depth thoughts on it, you can read my review here. I’m currently reading the sequel, The Last of August, which is also amazing.
The book I read for class was Raciocínio Criativo na Publicidade, by Stalimir Vieira. It’s a Brazilian book, but the title roughly translates to Creative Thinking in Advertising. I’m an advertising major, and I had to do a review for this book for a class. I’m not sure if this book was translated into English, but if you read Portuguese, it’s definitely a worthy read. The book flows as a conversation about creativity and passion, and it’s quite short. I rated it 4/5 stars.
Lastly, I read The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, and I’m so happy I picked it up. The story follows Fallon, a Celt who hates the Romans and is captured and then sold as a slave to the female gladiator academic in Rome. It was amazing. I loved the characters – even the ones I didn’t at first glance. There are so many female friendships and Fallon has a lot of empathy for other women, which is nice and refreshing from a warrior type character. At first, I didn’t care for the romance, and it even annoyed me, which made me rate it 4.5 stars instead of 5, but the love interest unexpectedly grew on me throughout the book and I found myself cheering for them to be together. And I don’t think I ever read a book set in Ancient Rome, so that was also incredible. I loved it so much.
These are all the books I read this month, and as you can see, I loved most of them. I did get to one of the two books I was sure I wanted to read last month, so that’s nice! For May, all I know is I want to read the new releases that are coming out today (I mean, you can’t expect me to sit on a Rick Riordan book) and also want to re-read Yes Please, by Amy Poehler, in audio this time, since I will be sightless for a couple days.
Let me know what you read this month and what you thought of it! Also, if you read any of the books I mentioned, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next one!