Hi all! Saying I hope you all had a good April feels strange given the current state of the world, so instead, I hope you have all done as well as you possibly can be doing in our current situation.
Anyway, for anyone who isn’t familiar, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge started by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler, which I’ve kind of adopted for myself over the past few years. The challenge is a really simple one, you basically just take a list of backlist books from your TBR and read them over the course of the year. You can do as many or few as you like, I always do 12, one for each month of the year. I do one of these updates every month to share with you guys what I’ve been reading. Over April, I read 5 books which is pretty good for me (what can I say, lockdown does have some perks):
The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray:
The final book of The Diviners series, and my first audiobook read of April. I was so excited for this final book after devouring the first three last year, and though I didn’t love it as much as the previous instalment, it was still a satisfying ending to the series. I’m hoping that the epilogue hints at the potential for a future spin-off to this series, because I loved these characters and this world so much and I’d love to see them again. I read this one from 5th February-5th April (which was one of my major issues with it, it was very long and quite slow paced!). Here is my review of it:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman:
This was my Goodreads Book Club’s Book of The Month for April, and I’ve been wanting to try some Neil Gaiman for ages, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I listened to the audiobook of this one, which was a great choice as Neil Gaiman read it himself and he definitely has a brilliant voice for audio. I probably would have found this one more scary if I’d read it as a kid, but I still enjoyed it and would definitely try more of Neil Gaiman’s books. I read this one from 5th-10th April. (No review as it was only 3 and half hours long, so not really much content to review).
Havenfall by Sara Holland:
My Netgalley read for this month. I really enjoyed her debut, Everless, but wasn’t a massive fan of this one. The concept was cool, but the story was just so, so slow paced, basically nothing happened until the end. Combine this with relatively flat characters, and you have a fairly mundane book. I read this one from 3rd March-11th April (on and off). Here is my review of it:
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty:
My April #RockMyTBR book, which I switched with The Gilded Wolves as it was chosen for me by my Goodreads Book Club to read in April. I’m really glad I didn’t wait till June to read this one, as I really enjoyed it! The worldbuilding, the characters, it was just the escapist fantasy that I needed, even if it was a tad longer and slower paced than it needed to be. I read this one from 3rd-14th April. Here is my review of it:
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi:
My other physical book read of April. I really loved the first book of this series when I read it in July of 2018, however sadly the second book didn’t live up to my expectations. It suffered from serious middle book syndrome, with a plot that just seemed to go round and round in circles and characters who seemed to regress from all the development they made in the first book. I read this one from 15th-30th April. Here is my review of it:
So that’s everything I read in April, here’s what I have coming up in May:
The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)-Mackenzi Lee
This is my May #RockMyTBR read. I’m almost halfway through it already and I’m really enjoying it, I loved Felicity in the first book and it’s been so much fun to get inside her head in this one. It’s been a little bit slow to pick up, but it seems like the real action is starting now!
City of Ghosts-Victoria Schwab
This was originally going to be my October TBR book, but Heather from my Goodreads Book Club (YA Addicted Book Group) picked it for me to read this month, and it’s been a while since I read a VE Schwab book, so I’m looking forward to diving back into her writing. It will also be nice to have a short read, as most of my last few reads have been on the longer side.
Call Down The Hawk-Maggie Stiefvater
Because City of Ghosts is quite short, I’m hoping I might be able to squeeze a third physical book in this month, and I’ve been dying to finally read Call Down The Hawk since it came out last year, so I’m definitely making it a priority to read in the next month or so. I can’t wait to see what adventures Ronan gets up to next.
I know, I had this here last month as well, but I’m not quite done yet, so I’m including it in my May TBR as well. I only have 12 chapters left to read, so I’m hoping I should finish it in the next week or so.
The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad Trilogy #2)-S.A. Chakraborty
After really loving The City of Brass in April, I’m aiming to read the audiobook of The Kingdom of Copper in May in order to be ready for the third book’s release in June.
The Enigma Game-Elizabeth Wein
Again, this one was on my TBR for April, but I didn’t quite finish it, so I’m carrying it over to this month. I’m in the final part of it now, so I’ll definitely get it done this month, hopefully in the next week or so.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass-Melissa Bashardoust
I’ve got a few Netgalley books on the go at the moment, including this one. I’m not very far through it yet, but it’s been okay so far so I’m hoping it will be enjoyable.
I know, 7 books is quite an ambitious TBR, but I have nothing else to do at the moment, so I may as well read a lot! What have you guys read in the last month? How’s your Goodreads Challenge going? I’m on 15 books, and I’ve upped it to 30. I’m currently 5 books ahead of schedule, so I’ll probably up it again before the month is out. Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!