April and May Reading Thoughts

What I read in April

1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey ★★★★ (OWN, since 2012, second read)
2. Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey ★★★★★ (OWN, since 2012, second read)

In my mind this series was a great love story. Amazingly written and without cliches. It's still my favorite love story but since I last read it the illusion has lost some of it's luster and I see that it's not as perfect as I once thought. 

3. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo ★★★★★ (OWN, recent purchase)
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (OWN, recent purchase) 

I don't know how to rate the hate u give. It was a good read, a hard read. But I can put it down and walk away and the reality is that many live this and they don't get to walk away.

5. The Scorch Trails by James Dashner ★★★ (library)
6. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman ★★★★ (library)
7. The Bone Witch by Rin Chipeco ★★★★ (library)
8. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav ★★★★ (library)

Her Time
She has been feeling it for awhile-that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her-she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core-this is her time. She will now only climb mountains-she will move them too.
— The Universe of Us by Lang Leav, Pg 63

9. The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins ★★★★ (library)
10. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews (OWN, bought in 2017)
11. Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson ★★★ (OWN, recieved from publisher)
12. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman ★★★★ (library)
13. The Heart Forger by Rin Chipeco ★★★ (library)
14. Kindred by Octavia E Bulter ★★★★★ (library)

I don't think I will ever forget this story. 

Books started but not finished

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - the format of this book is terrible.
2. Nonsense by Jamie Holmes - in general I was struggling with reading this book but then I read the chapter about misdiagnoses and it just made me anger. Because it wasn't holding my interest I decided to not continue to read it and move onto other thought books that interested me more. 

What I read in May 

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ★★★★★ (OWN, received from Jen Campbell)

I love the land of faerie and I want more of the story. Book two doesn't come out until January 2019. So I am waiting and looking for other fairy tales to get me by. 

2. Circe by Madeline Miller ★★★ (OWN, botm 2018)

I got this book in April through the subscription service called Book of the Month. The service promised many things but frustrated me so much. First it said it won't charge you upon signing up and they did. Second it said you would get emailed before you were charge for each month and they didn't. Third the books don't come in their original covers, they are edited versions for the Book of the Month club. Which is fine, it just wasn't something I had noticed when I had signed up. I have used many subscription services over the last few years and none have frustrated me as much as this one. It's sad because it has so much potential. I love books and read a ton and think the idea of this would have been lovely, if only they could work out their billing a little better. 

3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ★★★★★ (library)

We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still. Imperfect, picture.
— Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi page 226-227

4. The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman ★★★★ (library)
5. The Lost Plot by  Genevieve Cogman ★★★★ (library)
6. Ms. Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal ★★★ (OWN, recent purchase)
7. Ms. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why ★★★★ (OWN, recent purchase)
8. Ms. Marvel, Vol 3: Crushed ★★★ (OWN, recent purchase)
9. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★★★★★ (OWN, botm 2018)
10. Landwhale by Jes Baker ★★★★★ (OWN, recent purchase)

It is my hope that we can work on healing together so that when someone chooses something that triggers us, we are able to let them own their own journey as we remain steadfast in ours; that we figure out how to not dispense of an entire, multifaceted person because we feel they have made a mistake.
— Landwhale by Jes Baker by 207

11. NPCs by Drew Hayes ★★★★★ (audiobook)
12. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ★★★★★ (library)
13. Be Brave J.M. Farkas ★★★★ (OWN, recieved from publisher)
14. Split the Party by Drew Hayes ★★★★ (audiobook)
15. Going Rogue by Drew Hayes ★★★★ (audiobook)
16. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes ★★★ (audiobook)
17. Undeath and Taxes by Drew Hayes ★★★★ (audiobook)
18. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel ★★★ (OWN, 2015)

Books started but not finished

1. Into White by Randi Pink - this book, I think is the first book that made me feel old. High school is boring to me now and I just didn't want to be in the dramatics of a teenager. Which is kinda sad, because I feel like this is an excellent story. 

To Sum it up

I think I'm going to smash my book goal out of the park this year! Follow me on goodreads to see my progress and tell me what you are reading!