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April 2021 Wrap Up

Hello Everyone!

I had a very good reading month. The random goal that I implemented about halfway through the month was to read at least 50 pages a day which was really helpful. I usually read more than 50 pages so really the goal was to just sit and read a bit each day. I also had finals this month so I read to de-stress from all of that. I even managed to read some Sci-fi books which I don’t normally do!

Total Numbers

Books Read: 7

Pages Read: 2,936

Mini Reviews

Mort by Terry Pratchett: I was really enjoying this book. I liked the characters and the plot was gripping. I really liked Mort as the main character. The last 10 pages had a time jump which solved the whole issue in the book which left me disappointed with the ending. Up until that point, I was enjoying the plot, the character interactions, and the worldbuilding. I buddy read this with my brother and we were both on the same page with that ending.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

With the Lightnings by David Drake: I don’t usually read sci-fi so it took me a minute to adjust to this book. The beginning was slow but the worldbuilding was interesting so I kept reading. The culture in this book is so specific and odd to me that I was fascinated. Once the action started, I was hooked. I really liked the character interactions in this book. Daniel and Adele were really good main characters and I liked to read about them.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: I liked how Sarah J. Maas handled Feyre’s mental health after the events of the last book. The things that bothered me in the last book got addressed in this one which made me so happy. Personally, I could see what Sarah J. Maas was doing but I didn’t care so I really enjoyed the book. The various characters pulled reactions from me which didn’t happen as much in the last one. The romance made me soft a few times and I ended up rooting for the main characters to get together. The ending was so stressful and made me pick up the next one right away. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I understand why people love this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini: I don’t usually read sci-fi but I’ve read two this month! I enjoyed reading this book. The worldbuilding was so impressive. Everything made logical sense even to me who isn’t a big science person. And beyond that, the cultures that were in this book just made me want to keep reading to learn more about them. The action scenes were heart-pounding and easy to follow. The found family in this was just so good. I loved the character interactions. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the romance in this book. The main romance wasn’t enough for me. I would have preferred to see no romance or more of it. Also, the ending was a little rushed but I still liked it. I buddy read this with Jessica @ Jessica Favor so keep an eye out for their review.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: I read the last book in this series and then jump straight into this one. I seriously enjoyed this book. I’m a Nesta and Cassian shipper now so this book was just me freaking out anytime either of them stood next to each other and I don’t regret that! I really liked the twists that I didn’t see. It honestly had me doubting myself. Elain truly managed to shine in this book. I was always interested in what happened next so enjoyed my time with this book. My biggest complaint is that the ending felt like it had too much going on so I don’t feel like I got to properly enjoy it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett: I am continuing to like this series and buddy reading it with my brother. The characters were fun to read about. Rincewind is one of my favorites in the entire series so following him again was fun for me. The Villain here just constantly made me angry which was the point. Discworld is a fun world to be in and I’m enjoying my time reading the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas: This is the ACOTAR novella but is long enough to be a short novel. I enjoyed reading from different POVs, especially Nesta and Cassian. I would have loved to see from Elain’s POV. The problems that came up in this sets up the next book. I can already see issues that will come up and I’m excited about it. The first part of this book was just frustrating to me. I wasn’t interested in what was happening. Rhysand and Feyre were just annoying me. I think this was just trying to do too much for me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Next Month

I’m hoping to keep this momentum up into next month. I already know my next three reads: Eric by Terry Pratchett with my brother, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo with Jessica, and A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I have a month off of classes so I want to read a lot in May. Next Monday I have my second COVID vaccine which is exciting. Please get vaccinated if you can. On the topic of COVID, India is being hit incredibly hard and doesn’t have enough supplies. Please consider donating here if you can. Here is a Twitter thread with more resources and information.

How was your reading month? Did you step out of your comfort zone?

Thanks for reading,

♥️Sarah

3 replies on “April 2021 Wrap Up”

Woah, you definitely had a great reading month! I’m so glad you’re continuing with Discworld, even though Mort was a bit disappointing (I *promise* that later books in the Death-centric subseries get better). I’m really curious about your thoughts on the ACOTAR series once you finish all of the books — it would be so interesting to contrast with your initial review of the first book! Do you think you’ll read other SJM series, like Throne of Glass?

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I really liked Death as a character so I’m looking forward to reading future book with him in them. Mort’s ending felt like a cop out so I was disappointed.
I should do a post comparing my opinions and thoughts about the series since my thoughts have developed more from that post. I don’t think I’m going read the other SJM series anytime soon. I’m not opposed to it but I have other stuff to read that I’m more interested in right now.

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