April 2018 Reading Wrap Up!
Hello, Bookworms! I hope you’re well, I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since I checked into my blog, stuff hasn’t necessarily been hectic or anything, I’ve just been having some difficulties applying myself.
Anyway, I’m back with my April 2018 Reading Wrap Up!
For April 2018 I read a total of 5 books, which I am pretty happy with, especially considering I had my eye surgery on April 18th (Another post to follow on that soon!)
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Books I Read: April 2018
11.22.63 – Stephen King.
(Published November 8th 2011 by Scribner)
The only other novel I have read by Stephen King is The Gunslinger, and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t blown away but I liked it enough to decide I would try some of his other novels, I mean, no one is as popular as King without merit, right?
So, I was given 11.22.63 by my sister who couldn’t get into it, I thought “Hey, here’s my opportunity!” Anyway, to cut a long story short, I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I was originally put off by its epic size (A whopping 800+ pages) but I soon got over the fear that I’d be left reading this novel for the rest of my days and after starting it on March 17th I finished it on April 4th.
11.22.63 centres on Jake Epping, a guy who through his friend Al, ends up finding a portal to the late 50’s and travelling through time in an attempt to stop the Kennedy assassination, whilst there he establishes himself within a community, starting a new life in 1958.
The story is well paced, the characters believable and the plot well structured and easy to read, part thriller, part love story it’s well researched which definitely shows within the many references King uses within this book.
Despite its humongous size, 11.22.63 didn’t feel its 800+ pages, and even though it took me over 2 weeks to finish, it was never a slog, I was never fed up or bored and I was always eager to find out what happened next.
So glad to have read this novel, I’m only sorry I didn’t get there sooner!
Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates.
(Published May 1st 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 10th 2014)
I honestly believe that this is going to be one, if not the, most important book I read this year.
Everyday Sexism is the accounts of many different people fused together and bound within a book, from sexism at work and college, to sexism on the street and other public places, Laura Bates explores a subject which really shouldn’t still be an issue in this day and age.
I’m shocked and blown away by some of the accounts, feelings that I live in some sort of bubble where this sort of thing doesn’t happen to me regularly makes me incredibly grateful but no less disgusted that others feel persecuted due to their appearance and what they have in their pants.
I am lucky, but I have my own accounts of sexism, as am sure do many of the other men and women I know.
I didn’t enjoy this book, it was upsetting to think of the troubles many of us suffer on a day to day basis due to how we were born, however, I would recommend this work of nonfiction to anyone and everyone. The more people aware of this epidemic the more who can come together to stop it altogether.
A Court of Thorns and Rose (Series) – Sarah J Maas.
(First book published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
I’m going to be honest here, this is a series I picked up solely because of Bookstagram. It’s a YA fantasy series which is always floating around on the Bookstagram platform, whether it be within the realms of bookish merch – Rhysand Candles and Feyre bookmarks, quotes (which always embody a poetic and dreamlike quality) or the books themselves it’s literally everywhere.
I knew a little about the series, I knew critics were unimpressed by the softcore porn quality to the love scenes. I knew readers the world over wanted to meet their very own Rhysand, Cassian or Azriel and I knew Feyre as a character associated with courage and bravery.
Feyre is a human woman who is the sole provider for her family, her father is a downtrodden ex-merchant whose injuries following a run in with debtors have left him miserable and depressed, a widower who has been left with no money and 3 girls to raise.
Feyre’s sister’s, Nessa and Elain are selfish and self-absorbed, Nessa cold and ungrateful for all her younger sister does, and Elain whimsical and out of touch. Feyre spends her days hunting in the woods outside their cabin, attempting to bring a catch home so her family can eat.
One day, she makes a kill which will change the course of her life forever, a kill which breaks a rule and therefore sealed her fate when she is whisked off to the Autumn Court in the land of the Fae by Tamlin, a high lord.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed these books, so much so that I have pre-ordered A Court of Frost and Starlight a novella by Sarah J Maas which is being released early next week.
I’ll admit that by the end of the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin I was ready to put down the series, fed up of the Feyre and Rhysand saga but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy their story.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next!
So that’s it, my April wrap up!
What have you been reading this month? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Do you have any that you recommend for me to read based on what I’ve reviewed here?
Let me know in the comments down below!
Until next time,
Have a good one!