Each month I round up the best things I have read. In April, I went to the Kite Festival at the Washington Monument while Jeff attended an improv reunion. We went to a free concert at the 9:30 Club (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals – we hadn’t really heard of them but won the tickets). We hung out with friends, ate at new places, did some archery, and went indoor skydiving! It was a good month.
- Cheap bookshelves to buy [Book Riot]
- Best looking recipe this month: braised potato salad with white beans [Naturally Ella]
- For all you fellow book obsessives: how to spring clean your Goodreads TBR pile [Book Riot]
Books – I read 12 books in April. I was very book-focused.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – 4 out of 5 stars. The Red/Silver differentiation reminded me of Red Rising – but thankfully this book was much better! Jeff said this book was really predictable and maybe he was right but I still liked it a lot!
- Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand – 5 out of 5 stars and 4 out of 5 stars, respectively. A YA angel romance that was excellent! I ate the story up. Highly recommended. The second one was a bit less enjoyable.
- Come to the Edge by Christina Haag – 4 out of 5 stars. I don’t think I ever would have picked up this book had Book Riot not recommended it. I’m not traditionally interested in the subject matter: it’s a memoir about the author’s relationship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. But it’s written so well!!! I really enjoyed reading it.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore – 4 out of 5 stars. his is billed as a YA fantasy but felt like it could have been marketed as just a fantasy. I really liked how she depicted a heroine with a really different world view than your typical YA heroine. Yeah feminism!
- Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche – 4 out of 5 stars. A memoir about sailing around the world. Liked it a lot!
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 3 out of 5 stars. There were definitely things I liked about this, but also things I didn’t like. Not sure how I felt about the slavery dynamic. Not sure if I really believe Arin would really love Kestrel, who barely acknowledged that slavery and subjugation are bad… But it’s a well-written romance if you can ignore that. I’ll probably read the next one.
- The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – 4 out of 5 stars. The structure is a retelling of the Arabian Nights. I loved getting a fantasy based on Middle Eastern culture rather than the typical American or European. Really intriguing and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce – 3 out of 5 stars. Jeff and I read this out loud to each other. It had been on my list and it wasn’t until I picked it up at the library that I realized how young the audience was. I think it was a little too young for my liking. Though Alanna is cool.
- The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts – 3 out of 5 stars. Great story, and I did enjoy this book, but I had to dock a star for how repetitive the imagery and phrasing is.
- Deadline and Blackout by Mira Grant – 4 out of 5 stars and 5 out of 5 stars, respectively. Books 2 and 3 of the Newsflash trilogy. I really liked how the story ended. Beware of the CDC!
What did you read in April?