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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

April Reads

 So according to my Goodreads Reading Challenge I'm on track of reading 50 books this year, a big accomplishment for somebody who has had a disaster of a relationship with reading in recent years. I'm on my 18th book of the year and despite being on track this month I've only managed to read books this month, blame the 2 week holiday off school spent beside a pool in Spain (of which I'm still annoyed I only took one book on holiday because I tried to make it last!).

This month I've read books which I have either loaned from friends or the school library, I definitely need to read more of the books on my bookshelf though because they are catching dust quicker then I can drink a cup of tea. The 3 books I have read this week have been pretty awesome books so let's get stuck into this month's instalment of monthly reads.


The Graces by Laure Eve 
I'm not going to lie but I kinda did judge a book by it's cover but I totally did with this title. The Graces centres around a young girl called River, who like everyone else in her town is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour as well as their apparent ability to weave magic. The book is very much beautifully written, a great YA take on a thriller that will capture the attention of a younger audience. 


I really engaged with the plot of the story completely in this one, I couldn't wait to figure out who the Graces myself. I thought River's character was predictable but easy to connect with. I'm quite looking forward to the second instalment to this series later in the year and seeing where the story goes to next.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 
I didn't know what to expect from this book, with quite a overall blurb on the back I was curious to see what the pages had in store for me. It was also on the 'mood busting' section and that couldn't be closer to the truth. This book was a really good feel, emphasis on friendship as well as relationships with parents and significant others too. I couldn't help but attach myself to Aristotle's character, he was somebody we could all relate to growing up and the author really managed to write a book which is great for young people to read. I couldn't put this book down and if the cover interests you then I can guarantee the enjoyment of the storyline.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur  
I've seen this book on the blogger grapevine for quite a while and considering it's not something I would usually draw myself to reading I wanted to give this one a go. The book is a collection of poetry and prose about relationships, from the initial falling in love, to within the relationship and even to the heartbreak. It wasn't difficult to relate to something or another of the poetry within the book, there are some really gorgeous illustrations within the book too. They really help to emphasis the text in the book. I managed to get through this book quite rapidly because the poems weren't particularly long. I only gave it 3 stars because whilst it was a great book it wouldn't be something I would probably read in the future.

What have you been reading in April? 
thanks for reading,




9 comments:

  1. I started writing about how I'd read the Aristoteles one but...forget it.
    You sold me on the Graces. I must read this!

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  2. I've been terrible with my reading lately - I've completely stopped (yikes!) I'll take your recommendations and pick one (or more) of these up!

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  3. [ Smiles ] Wow! That is lots of reading!

    Anyway, reading is very good; I prefer to do that than watch television!

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  4. Ugh, I wish I was a more avid reader. You've inspired me to check out a few of those books you mentioned!

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  5. Way to go! I'm actually SIX books ahead of myself at the moment - according to GoodReads. Which is so unusual...I'm usually on track or desperately trying to catch up. I've heard so many bloggers raving about Milk and Honey - I'm definitely going to have to pick up a copy for myself! www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk

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  6. great list, and wow, that is A LOT Of books! I have a book club every month (sometimes it feels more like just a cheese and wine club though haha) and I don't even finish them every month either. But when there is a really good one, there's nothing like it, right?! SOme of the ones you read this month sound great, especially the poetry. Currently (for book club of course!) I'm reading the Circle by Dave Eggers, although the movie just came out to less than stellar reviews. So far, book isn't bad. sometimes it takes a while to get into it, right? :) xxx Bee

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  7. The Graces look like something I would loevto read Some cool choices here :)
    Julie Syl Kalungi

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  8. Must confess that I have not read any new books recently, been re-reading a few. I am knowing you will meet your goal! :)

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  9. I've been looking for some new book suggestions! The graces sounds good. I've just started reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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