Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks.
Last month I read a total of thirteen books – an improvement on February! Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang, The Cruel Path by David Normoyle, Doctor’s Notes by Dr. Rosemary Leonard, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, Fantastic Four Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski, Wards of Faerie (Dark Legacy of Shanarra #1) by Terry Brooks and X-Men Legacy: Aftermath by Mike Carey.
Standout books include Bitterblue, The Book Thief and Fangirl. I was happy to finally read the conclusion to Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series, and Bitterblue tied the threads of the first two books together nicely. I read The Book Thief as I’d like to go and see it in the cinema, but haven’t quite gotten round to that yet! And finally, I won Fangirl in Lianne’s giveaway, and it was an absolute delight. You can read more about how it surprised me in my review. I’ve now read thirty-six books towards my goal of fifty this year. I may think about raising it in June or July.
- I read eight books towards the Avengers vs. X-Men Challenge, which I’m very pleased with! I also managed to defeat this month’s villain, Juggernaut. April’s villain is Kingpin, who looks to be quite a challenge.
- One book ticked off of the Dragons & Jetpacks Ultimate Booklist, which also happened to be our science fiction Book of the Month.
Reviews on the blog this month:
- Lockstep by Karl Schroeder
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
- I shared some gateway fantasy books for those new to the genre.
- My regular feature Turning Off The TV covered Tron Legacy, Supernatural, True Blood and BBC’s Merlin.
- I spoke about how I often judge a book by its cover – and it seems many of you do too!
- I shared my experience on the Harry Potter Studio Tour: Part One and Part Two.
- I discussed some bookish habits, and many of you shared yours with me as well!
- I fangirled over the amazing Dragon Age series with my lovely friend Paola.
- And I was also featured at Pages Unbound for Tolkien Reading Week!
- Quite a few reviews including Leviathan Wakes, Doctor’s Notes, In Real Life and The Cruel Path.
- Something to do with Marvel…
- And more Museum of Literary Wonders posts as I’ve been meaning to do for a while!
Off the blog:
Not much has happened! I’m kind of scared and excited at how quickly this year has gone so far. Only four and a half months before I move to the Netherlands for university. I can’t wait! I’ve also started playing Smite with a friend, it’s an MOBA where you play as gods – perfect for a mythology geek like me, though I keep pointing out the flaws within the system… it’s really fun though! As for the coming month: my mum is running the London Marathon and I’m SO proud of her. She’s running for a charity called WellChild and has raised a fair amount of money so far. And at the end of the month, it’s back to London again for a cocktails & conversation event with Laini Taylor and Lauren Owen – are any of my fellow book bloggers going as well?