I hope you guys are having a great Wednesday afternoon. Its been kind of a lazy day so far. I read a little bit this morning and finally cleaned out my inbox since I had so many emails that I had saved to read later. I did have an afternoon phone conference that I needed to do and just ended that a little while ago. I’m now catching up on blog posts and I have two homework assignments that I would like to get to this evening as well.
This is of course later than I intended it to be, but finals kind of put everything on the back burner and I finally had a week off this week before I get back on a normal work schedule again. I plan to catch up on blog posts over the next couple of days so there will be about four more or so coming between tomorrow and Friday.
I finally made it through the spring semester even though I do have a summer class that I have to take. Its much more low key than my spring semester thankfully, but I do have a couple of days a week where I have to turn in homework assignments.
So, about halfway through the month, I discovered Discord through the monthly O.W.L.S. readathon based on Harry Potter, and decided to go ahead and join. I’ll have a separate post up for that where I’ll keep a record of the books that I read for that challenge. After that, I found a whole bunch of readathons that were occurring in May and of course decided to join since I knew I would have a more laid back schedule in May.
April was an interesting and incredibly busy month. April is one of those months during the year where I would either be able to squeeze in some reading or I would be so busy that I would be too tired most of the time to read. This was my last April of my school career so that is a plus. Right about the end of March I got into a reading slump that ended about halfway through April which was around the time that I signed up for owls.
Overall April was a relatively good reading month as I finished some books that I’ve been trying to read for ages which was nice. I also finished another trilogy, continued another series and started two other series as well.
- Calamity (#3) by Brandon Sanderson – I’m probably going to be in the minority here, but it seems that Sanderson is a hit or miss for me. This is technically the first trilogy by him that I’ve read so far. The first one, Steelheart, was by far my favorite one of the three but then the other two felt kind of underwhelming after that (3 stars).
- Blood of elves (#1) by Andrzej Sapkowski – I thought this one was interesting though I definitely found the novellas to be more entertaining. Since I watched the show before reading the series I was able to understand the books a little bit more though I was still a bit confused on ciri’s actual age. Other than that, it was different and a nice break from the fantasy that I used to read. I think I would have given it five stars if not for the fact that I’ve had a sort of falling out with fantasy at the moment. I’m not sure if that’s the right way to explain it, though as I still read some fantasy novels (4 stars).
- Plague (#4) by Michael Grant – Oh boy. I admit that I struggled to get through this one. I’m pretty sure it put me in a reading slump because I was just not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. It was better than Lies, the third one, but if not for all of the drama in the book I think it could have been better. The mystery behind the Fayze was what really kept my interest though, and I am hoping that it will be looked into more in the fifth one (3 stars).
- The duchess Deal (#1) by Tessa Dare – Never in a million years did I think I would pick up a book like this, but thanks To Reagan over at Peruseprojects, I decided to pick this up on a whim. I could definitely understand the hype on this trilogy and think it is well deserved as it became one of my favorite books of the year. I will eventually be reading the next two at some point (5 stars).
Overall, not a bad month of reading, though I did plan to read some other books that I had on my kindle which I unfortunately didn’t get to this month. I’m currently slowly working my way through The well of ascension by Brandon Sanderson, but it is slow going for me. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week so I can read other books that I have planned for this month.