April Wrap Up and May TBR

So, you may be wondering why I’ve decided to merge these two posts this month, and I’ll tell you, the answer is simple. I’ve been really rubbish at making it through my TBR these past few months, so I’m going to try merging my TBR with my Wrap Up. Let me know what you guys think of the new layout, if you’re not a fan I’ll go back to my traditions!

wrap up

So, I’m going to level with you, I’ve been really crap this month. There are many factors which have contributed to my lack of reading, but I’ll give you the main 3.

  1. I have 4 different essays for 3 different modules dues in the first week of May, so I’ve been working my butt off to get them done.
  2. It was Easter, so I’d literally been working my butt off both in the daycare and a little reception work.
  3. The three books that I didi read, none ranked higher than a 3 – so I think I hit a bit of a slump.

As you may know from Instagram, I am currently reading Always and Forever Lara Jean, but I haven’t finished it yet so it’ll have to go into next month’s wrap up (hopefully it’ll get at least 4/5!)

Anywho, here’s some book stats that I’m pretty ashamed of…

book stats

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1. Windfall by Jennifer E Smith

3-star
+ A nice concept, one that we’ve all thought about.

+ Liked the simple integration of a homosexual romance into the story.

+ I liked the way they dealt with Alice’s complex family history.

– Alice and Teddy’s relationship – I just didn’t buy it.

– I wanted to hear more about Sawyer, he was so cute and then he just dropped off the face of the planet!

2. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

3-star
+ For the last book in the series, I was pretty impressed, usually, they lose the run of themselves in the finale, but this one was quite good

+ The jumping of characters between good and bad and then back again was a little too much for me

+ I liked the focus on Emma and Jacob in this story, even though I missed the other children.

– The resolution was too far-fetched, even in a world where people can levitate

– I loved Jacob’s relationship with the Hollows and his new power developing

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

2-star
+ I’m glad that somebody is trying to talk about this issue, and raise awareness to an audience who may otherwise be in the dark.

+ The concept was interesting, the Snowball Effect is a real thing that needs to be recognised – sometimes it isn’t all just one big thing.

– I hate Jay Asher’s characters – across both the books I’ve read from him, I haven’t liked any of them.

– I didn’t like that we missed out on the others characters perspectives, it made it seem like the tapes had no ramifications.

– Poorly executed, if you’re interested in the concept please watch the series and ignore the book.

As you can see, overall, it was a pretty shitty reading month.

 

tbr

I’m still really in the mood for some contemporaries at the moment. It feels like forever since I read a really good contemporary. A few of these you’ll probably recognise from previous TBR’s (in fact, I think all but one have featured in a previous month).

You’ll also notice that I upped my game and chose 5 this time around. My optimism comes from the fact that I will soon be done with uni work (yay) and I’ll be doing some traveling at the end of May (double yay!) so I should be able to make it through a more reasonable number… fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading guys! I really hope you liked the new layout, make sure you let me know what you think down below.

Also, I’d love to read about your reading plans for May – any new releases have you excited? Or are you rereading something from a while back? I’ll see you down there!

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