I had an amazing reading month in April, much more than I’ve read in a single month in a very long time. Half of that was how many graphic novels/short stories I read this month, and some was how much I got into reading e-books from my library the second half of this month. (This was prompted by starting my new job at the public library and getting a brand spanking new library card!).
Since I had such an amazing reading month I figured I’d go ahead and share a wrap-up. Another wrap-up hopefully coming soon? My CampNanoWrimo wrap-up, but that’s for another day. For now, here’s everything I read in April 2018.
THE HOBBIT by JRR Tolkien.
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I loved my reread of THE HOBBIT. I hadn’t read it since middle school, but my love for the movies meant that I’d been wanting to reread the book for a while, and I’m so happy I finally did this month. Now I want to reread the LORD OF THE RINGS, too, though that’ll have to wait for a while.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen.
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I was hesitant about this one because for some reason I always expect to dislike classics even though I usually enjoy them. Due to my enjoyment of this one, I’ve moved WITHERING HEIGHTS and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA further up on my TBR pile.
THE MAP by William Ritter.
I absolutely love the JACKABY series, and when I realized there was a short story available in this world I immediately flew through it. It was so fun to see another part of this world and to revisit characters I love so much.
ANYA’S GHOST by Vera Brosgol.
I checked graphic novel out on e-book from my library and was surprised by it from beginning to end! I thought the story was about one thing for the first part, and found the main character understandably unlikeable and assumed that was the basis for the story, but by the end everything had shifted. This is definitely one of those books that leaves an impression by the last page, and I love that it surprised me in so many ways and ended up being such a powerful message.
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson.
This was another graphic novel I got on e-book from my library that surprised me. I read the first few pages and assumed it was a silly and entertaining graphic novel about a supervillian and his sidekick. Oh boy did it become so much more than that. I ended up loving this story just as much as her other graphic novels, THE LUMBERJANES.
WRITING THE FICTION SYNOPSIS by Pam McCutcheon.
Not going to lie, I didn’t really learn anything new about synopses from this. However, that’s because I’ve already extensively read up on a lot of writing topics and author blogs and the like, so I wasn’t really reading it for new information. But if you’re just looking into writing synopses for the first time, or want a book that puts it all in one place with helpful worksheets and steps to follow, definitely check this one out.
BYGONE BADASS BROADS by Mackenzi Lee.
This book was so interesting! I learned about some women I’d never heard of before and got a refresher on some of my favorite people from history. I’ve seen a few reviews that talk about how many of the women were American once the time got to the American Revolution, but I didn’t really notice that. The stories were diverse and focused on women from so many places and time periods who did so many different things. I read this on e-book from my library but definitely plan on getting my own physical copy soon.
LUMBERJANES VOL. 8: STONE COLD.
This series is so good and I can’t say much about this because it’s Vol. 8 but definitely check out this series for amazing friendships and fun adventures.
THE BACKSTAGERS VOL. 2:
Again, a super fun story with adventures and friendships and surprising turns that almost ripped my heart out (in the best possible way!)
HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco.
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I loved this sequel as much as the first, and I’m SO EXCITED for ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI. Audrey Rose continues to be brilliant and I can’t wait to see what mystery she and Thomas solve next.
ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia.
I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did. This book had so many amazing messages about fandom and creators and mental health and I loved how genuine it all felt and the struggles that the main character, Eliza, went through with her art and her friends.
And last but not least, some CURRENTLY READING:
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
THE TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND by Dianna Wynne Jones.
SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Narrated by Stephen Fry).