A Brief Update

April 20, 2015 § 2 Comments

Going away for the weekend, and taking some books. (Duh.) #bookstagram #booknerdigans #instaread #currentlyreading

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I am cooking up a few new posts and videos, which I hope to release soon.  In the meantime, here is a brief update on my reading so far this month, punctuated by photos from my Instagram account…

So far I have read six of the eleven-ish books on my April TBR, and am partway through two others.  I hope to post full reviews for most of these, but here are some brief thoughts on each.

We Were Liars was interesting.  There was so much hype surrounding it that I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I was disappointed.  The writing often felt pretentious, the characters were unlovable, the teen romance was too much, and there was a little strong language throughout.  The ending hit me right in the stomach, so I guess the writing couldn’t have been really bad, but I can’t recommend it.

You can see my review of El Deafo here.  Spoiler alert: I loved it.

The Kiss of Deception was fun and nearly clean.  I really enjoyed it, and the cliffhanger ending means that I will have to pick up the sequel when it’s released this summer!

It is terribly, hilariously ironic that I brought George’s Marvelous Medicine to my grandparents’ house.  If you’ve read it you know what I mean.  Since I’ve made no secret of my love for Roald Dahl, it will surprise no one when I say this book was wonderful and uproariously funny.

Cinder was so much fun.  I had a little trouble getting into the first couple of chapters, but soon I was completely absorbed and I finished the rest of the book almost in one sitting.

I have had The Thirteen Clocks sitting on my shelf for about a year now, and every time I passed it in the library I would think, “I should probably read that.”  I had no idea what it was about, I only knew that it was a classic.  Now I know why it’s a classic, and so far I have tried to make two other people read it.  Hilarious, wonderfully smart, and perfectly written.

I am now more than halfway through Coraline.  I am listening to an audiobook version narrated by Gaiman himself, and it’s very good.  I procrastinated reading this book for so long – I don’t know why – but now I wish I had read it sooner.

I have also started The Screwtape Letters (I’ve joined a read-along led by some wonderful Booktubers) and A Darker Shade of Magic.

Last week I signed up for Netgalley.com and requested my first advance reader copy (ARC).  – I am not sure why I did that.  I regret it a little bit already, but I am also excited to read it!

Hopefully I’ll manage a more substantial post soon.  For now, tell me: what have you been reading this month?  Have you discovered anything wonderful?

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