So today I have purchased five books which will hopefully be with me for April, and will likely make up the majority of my TBR for April. I have been trying to find a balance between buying new books and completing the ones I already have, and I am in a pretty okay balance (that isn’t to say my wishlist isn’t completely out of control).
For this month, I have been doing some investigating into various book bloggers and booktubers to see what books frequently cropped up in reviews/hauls/must reads so I can get a feel for what is ‘current’. Since I left my job in the bookshop, having a place to discuss recommendations has been somewhat lacking as I don’t know a huge amount of people who enjoy reading quite as much as me. I suppose this has been my motivation behind creating this blog in the first place, and joining a community where I can start getting involved in bookish discussions once again!
Anyway, onto the purchases!
Caravel by Stephanie Garber
So, I have been seeing this practically everywhere and I have to admit the cover grabs me straight away before I even delved into reading the synopsis to see if it would be something I would likely enjoy. I have seen a few people making comparisons between this and The Night Circus which I really enjoyed a fair few years ago. If this book is half as beautiful, mysterious and unique then I am sure it will be a winner!
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This is a book that I have only seen mentioned by PeruseProject on the Booktube community. I have to admit that I may not have really considered this until that video as I shelved enough Anna Dressed in Blood in my bookselling days to have probably presumed Blake’s stuff wasn’t best suited to me. However, after Regan delved into the plot behind this book I was immediately hooked! The concept seems really interesting, and to be honest I will happily delve into anything that explores powers of an elemental nature. Has anyone else read this? I’d love to see some more non-spoilery reviews.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I am sure many will be familiar with Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, which to me, is one of the best YA fairytale retellings and sci-fi series around! I absolutely loved every single one of the four books and exploring how exactly all the characters were linked whilst retaining the basic elements of the stories they were inspired from. This particular book looks into the retelling of the Queen of Hearts of Wonderland from what I can gather, and to be honest this purchase is mostly my doing just because I am a humongous fan of Marissa Meyer, and I am sure this is unlikely to disappoint just as her other books didn’t.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
So this one is slightly different than the rest in that it is a more contemporary fiction than fantasy. Again, this is one that seems to have done the rounds of every Booktuber and Book Blogger there is and it is very often met with really high praise. The concept to me is very interesting, and I am intrigued to find out how the author keeps this interesting whilst keeping the integrity of the plot – surely there are huge limitations to someone who is allergic to everything? Also, at first it made me think of that old movie Bubbleboy? (Although can barely remember it myself).
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
So, this last one won out over Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer Series which I have also been dying to get started on. However, I again see this frequently praised within the book community and to be honest the concept of four different London’s each having their own varying levels of magic really appeals to me. London is one of my favourite places on the planet and I try to go down at least once a year, so it should be pretty exciting to see how the alternate-Londons shape up in comparison to the one I know and love.
So, that concludes this small haul of books that will be keeping me occupied in April. If you have any non-spoilery reviews of any of these, please feel free to link me as I would be keen to see them! If you have spoilery ones, link me anyway but warn me – I can then have a read and discuss with you once I have eventually finished that respective title. If anyone has any recommendations of which one to read first, comment below, or any future purchase recommendations would also be more than welcome!