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April Reads 2014

So it looks like April was a good month for reading, but in reality, it’s just been a good last few days. 8 of these books were read from April 26 to April 29th. I feel like I got out of my slump, and although I probably won’t be able to keep up with quite that pace (I did have a few books I was partway through, and I did target some short books first) I am definitely excited for May reading! I’ve actually already finished a book, yay. But first I’ll start off with my April Reads.

April Reads:

April Reads CollageKnow the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours by Maria Mutch*: This is a beautifully written, emotional memoir about a woman with a son who doesn’t sleep told in parallel with the story of an arctic explorer.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas*: I’m a huge VM fan so of course I had to read this. It is really fun and clever but honestly it just feels like the characters should have grown up a bit more by now. Of course I will be picking up the next book regardless, just hoping for a bit more depth.

King Lear by William Shakespeare: A book I am planning to read in May referenced King Lear on the jacket so I had to read it first! I hardly ever read classics but I have read a decent number of Shakespeare plays and I definitely want to read more. I kinda read 3 different versions of this at the same time so it was basically like being back in English class.

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth*: A creepy and chilling mystery about two friends. I actually am writing this blog post to avoid writing a review of this book, so that’s about all I’ll say for now!

April Reads Collage 2Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil*: This is the true diary of Mary Rose, a teen who has cystic fibrosis and an extremely neglectful mother. It’s hard to critique because it’s obviously a very emotional story and I can’t imagine what she went through, but it wasn’t my favourite book.

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann*: This is a book of fairy-tale inspired poetry and creepy photos, it’s awesome! Very short to read, but worth it. I had a digital copy but I imagine a print one will be gorgeous.

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman*: A solider returns home from Iraq only to take her brother on a dangerous journey. I really liked Hoffman’s debut, and her followup is great too, with precise writing although the story lagged a bit and the ending wasn’t perfect.

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth*: There were so many YA novels released about parallel universes but I don’t really think I’ve read any of them until this. I guess because of the cover I didn’t expect it to be told from a male perspective, but it was and I really enjoyed the story and the writing.

April Reads 3 CollageAll Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Salomon*: I decided to read this one next because I was targeting short books after they helped me get out of my reading slump, and it was a good choice for that reason. It’s a mystery with a paranormal twist, and the story was fun but the characters were kinda flat for me.

Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore*: I had been reading this for awhile! And it’s another one I’m currently avoiding reviewing because short story collections are hard. I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by Moore before, but she’s fantastic. That said, this is a collection of middle-aged people in crisis basically, so that’s mostly why I needed to break it up.

Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen*: Ugh this book is so annoying. It’s about a girl who gets shipwrecked with her dad and her new stepmom and stepbrothers, but it’s basically just the first third of a story and just when things start happening the book ends. I know it’s middle grade but the cliffhanger ending did not make me want to pick up the next book. It also just feels predictable. I don’t know. Just wasn’t for me.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu*: This was a really interesting book told from several different perspectives about Alice, who there are quite a few rumours going around about. I really loved this book both stylistically and writing-wise.

Reading Plans for May:

Well after such an awesome last week, I don’t want to jinx May, but I’m going to share some of the books I want to read anyway. Also because it’s got nice symmetry 12 for April, 12 for May.

May Reads CollageThe Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith*: This is the book I’m cheating with because as I write this post I’VE ALREADY FINISHED IT. Yay. It’s historical fiction which I don’t read much of, but the writing is really poetic and beautiful.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash*: I always have a “book for the bath” which is a book I read really slowly and it’s an unfinished copy (ARC) that I don’t mind if it falls in, and this Southern mystery is my current read. However I’m halfway done now and it’s time to finish it up.

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong*: I loved this series so far and this is the last book that I pre-ordered and read the very beginning of and I’m not sure why the heck it’s not done yet, but my friend Ambur and I are going to finish it up this month!

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong*: Because I know after finishing The Rising I will need to console myself that it’s over with Armstrong’s new YA series.

May Reads 2 CollageThe Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner*: Well I read King Lear just so I could read this book, so now I better go ahead and do it! Plus new Canadian fiction, which is something I really try to read for my freelance book reviewing.

Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger*: This showed up in my mailbox recently and it sounds good and so did the last novel by this author which I did not read, but I own this so no excuses this time.

Elegy by Tara Hudson: Because I need some more YA and besides this is the last book in the Trilogy and one of my 2014 reading goals is to finish more of the series I’ve started, and if I get this and The Rising done that’s two off my list!

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio*: I’ve read Jio’s first three novels, but not her last three, which I just got. This is actually #6 and I would prefer to read them in order, but then I also want to review this around its June release time. So I may end up reading another one of her books instead (or trying to read all 3) but Goodnight June will be a placeholder for that.

May Reads 3 CollageThis Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready*: One of my general reading goals is to read books I own paper copies of so I can give them away to friends or donate or whatnot because I rarely reread so I am trying to be more selective with the books I own but without giving away stuff I actually want to read. So basically that is my reasoning for wanting to read this next, in addition to it sounding emotional but really good. Also the cover is cool.

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone*: Same reasoning. Plus it releases in May so maybe I can actually give a someway timely review to it.

Falling Out of Time by David Grossman*: It’s really short and although it sounds emotional (parents burying children) the writing is supposed to be great and I’d love to review it.

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese*: Same reasoning. I am a bit behind on my Random House Canada reviews and because they send me hard copies so I love them forever, so I want to try to catch up this month so four of my books are from them.

I’m not sure how well May will go… April went well at the end because I targeted short, mainly YA books and the ones on my May list are much heavier. I’m also starting a new job and kinda moving, which means I’ll be busy but also I won’t be near my friends so perhaps it will be a blessing for my blog and reading habits at least.

What have you read this month? How do you feel about my book posts? I’m often tempted to start adding reviews in here too, but for now I’ll stick to these monthly wrap ups which I enjoy and hopefully give you a bit of a taste of what I’ve been reading lately!

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