April 2021 Wrap-Up!

Good lord that month went fast. I don’t know if it was because I slept most of it away (turns out my reaction to my first vaccine shot is just to sleep like the dead), or because I’m falling further down the hole of “what is time?” but, woo. At least I got 9 books read! Not as many as I would have liked, but some of the ones I did read were SUPER long, so I blame that.

(None of which were from my TBR list… oops! But we’ll get to that at the end.)

What I read:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas // ★☆☆☆☆
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas // ★☆☆☆☆
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas // ★☆☆☆☆

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // ★★★☆☆
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough // ★★★★☆
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris // ★★★★★

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware // ★★★☆☆
Glass by Ellen Hopkins // ★★★☆☆
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan // ★★★★☆


21 in 2021

  1. Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  6. World War Z by Max Brooks
  7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  9. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  11. Replica by Lauren Oliver
  12. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  13. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  14. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  15. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  16. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  17. Wicked by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  18. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  19. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  20. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  21. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Won’t lie, I hadn’t realized I’d rated all three of Maas’ books that I read this month with the same rating of a single star. Let’s just say I highly, highly regret buying these before even knowing if I liked Maas’ style (turns out it’s one of the biggest nopes for me I’ve ever had, sorry to those that love her), but I was going on a recommendation from someone who had never missed with me before and was so sure I would like them. 18-year-old me probably would have, but 29-year-old me just… can’t. I’m gonna finish the series since I’ve started it and own it (and then peddle them off to my sister, who loves Maas), but if I ever express a want to read Crescent City, this is your go-ahead to track me down and clock me a good one.

Anyway. Completely forgot to read any of my TBR books aside from Assassin (which I’ll get to at the end of the TOG series), so I’ll have to make sure I pick that back up this month. I have Dry and Renegades AND An Ember in the Ashes all ready to go (meaning I also have the audiobooks checked out to help me along if needed), I just have to actually start.

Problem is, I get my second dose of vaccine on Tuesday this week, and I might just sleep the month away again. There might be a mass scramble at the end of this year, anticipate frazzled me!


5 thoughts on “April 2021 Wrap-Up!

  1. I’m not a SJM stan but I enjoyed the first 3 ToG books. Haven’t gotten much further yet though and that was a few years ago. lol. I do have them sitting on a shelf! I can’t get behind Heather Morris because she fabricated most of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and then peddled it as fact. The Lying Game is my least favorite Ware novel. I still need to read The Turn of the Key and One by One.

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    1. I just finished One by One! (Wasn’t my favorite though.) I think The Turn of the Key might have been my favorite Ruth Ware? I’ve read all of her books now and most of them I seem to sit in the “meh” range.

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  2. I was about to ask why would you keep on reading the books of Sarah J Maas but i see you answered that. I tried reading the first book a few years ago and got bored, but i was planning on giving it a second chance this year, now you got me in doubting myself.

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    1. Oh no! I would say don’t let me get you doubting since I’m suuuuuper picky with my reading tastes now, but if the first book bored you then… well! They’re very long books and, whew, do they drag things out. It can get mind-numbing boring, in my opinion. Like, some things were long to the point where I ended up forgetting wtf is going on sometimes because it’s taken so long to get to the end of the plot point that I’ve forgotten what happened at the start.

      But! Who knows. There are some really great scenes, I do have to give Maas that much.

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