I read ten books in April. It’s less than I’ve been racking up lately, but a few of them were very long. And I enjoyed each and every one of them. Let’s get to it.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
This story was a delight. The world building was so beautifully done. I never felt like it dumped information on me. All was explained at a perfect pace.
El is a hilarious, snarky character that has survived without anyone’s help in a place where everyone needs help. But she is humble about it, not braggy.
The monsters were well described and perfectly creepy. Getting ready to start the second book now.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The premise was enticing, and the characters played their parts well. I had no problems with this story until we reached the end.
Korede went with family loyalty, the protective big sister choice… and I’m just not sure I buy it. I feel like she had been pushed over too many times and it should have been the last straw.
Still enjoyed the book though.
Quiet Impact by Drew Kimble
This short read left me feeling a little meh. While I connected with a lot of the examples and traits of an introvert, I’m not sure if it really delivered on the tips. A few were worth noting, but it wasn’t anything ground breaking from other introvert tactics I’ve read about.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
A reread now that I started the series at the beginning. The book does fine as a stand alone, but a ton more details stand out after reading the others first.
Harry’s character development carries a lot more weight and I can’t wait to read the next one.
How to Write a Damn Good Thriller by James N. Frey
This was another book with some great tips.
A little watered down with a lot of examples, but had enough meat to be worth the read.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
There were so many things I loved about this book.
The witches and their background. A magical house that shrinks or expands as necessary. A seemingly powerful and independent protagonist.
But then… the ‘we must combine our species and mate to stop the centuries long war’ trope is probably my least favorite. And Matthew really isn’t that charming. I found myself liking every other character more than the two mains.
I’ll pick up the next book just because I want to see the direction it’s going to go, but I don’t know if I’ll like it.
The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
I love this story. Every single bit of it kept me interested and hanging on to every word.
El grew so much and learned to put other first and let them inside her walls.
I desperately want to know what her mother’s not was about… but I guess I’ll have to wait for the next book.
And speaking of waiting for the next book – WTF was that ending? I slapped the table and yelled ‘NO!’ I need the next book NOW!
2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron
My favorite takeaway from this book was the boredom check. If you’ve read other books on productive writing, a lot of the tips are similar – planning before you write and scheduling time, etc. But none of them have framed it quite the same way.
I also really liked the section with editing tips and will implement a lot into my process.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Yes, I only picked this up after hearing about his Kickstarter success. But I didn’t expect to love it so much. Usually high fantasy is hard for me to get into until the fourth or fifth chapter, but I was pulled in right away.
This world and its backstory was incredibly intriguing and the vast array of characters were great to travel with. And those characters were all very individual, so I didn’t struggle to separate them either.
The adventure was exciting, and the ending had me on the edge of my seta.
This one definitely deserves a reread to pick up on all the little details.
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
I was a little confused at the start of this one. The jumps from person and place were a little hard to follow. But it came together after a while.
This book was dark and creepy – just like I like it. And I really enjoy alternate dimension/timeline stories. The path the characters take in each timeline were the same, but different just enough.
I can’t say much more without a lot of spoilers. But I really liked book. Another one that deserves a second read.
Another high point of this month was marking several books of my reading list and off the Book Riot Reading challenge. Here’s to another month of great reading.
Thank you so much for reading!
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