Reading Challenge: April 2016

2016 Reading Challenge 1This month I lived in the Shadow world with just a couple exceptions. Here are the books I read in April:

The Wicked Will RiseThe wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

I really enjoyed the concept of Dorothy Must Die (the first book in this series) so I thought I’d continue reading. While I will probably finish the series when the next book is released I have to say I didn’t enjoy this one as much. In particular the writing was not very impressive. Not much happens, and she spends a lot of time describing the setting and in particular the wardrobe choices of the wingless monkeys. Not super impressed but the concept is still fun and unique. Definitely an easy ready if you’re looking for something light! … Learn more here.

Lady MidnightLady midnight by cassandra clare

Okay so I freaked out a little bit when I saw that this book had released! I’ve been looking forward to this new Shadowhunter series since The Mortal Instruments concluded and the characters of Emma and Jules were first introduced. That being said, I paid no attention to when the release was so I was surprised and super excited when I spotted this at my bookstore! It totally lived up to my own personal hype as well. I love the universe that Cassandra Clare created with the Shadowhunters and downworld, this first novel in The Dark Artifices series sets the stage for what Clare does best, a love story that is filled with heartache that seems impossible. There are A LOT of characters in this one as well as appearances and mentions of our favorites from the previous series (in particular I love mentions of Tessa, and there is a lot of Clary and Jace in there too). Can’t wait until next spring when the next book is released!  … Learn more here.

A Visit From the Goon SquadA visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan

This was a book club book for me and I have to say after finishing Lady Midnight I was still kind of wrapped up in the Shadow world so this was hard for me to dig in to but what’s great about it is that it is a novel composed of short stories so I could read a few, put it down and still live in the Shadow world by rereading Clockwork Princess (below). I actually really enjoyed this. The concept is that each story takes a connecting character from the previous story and tells a new one from their point of view. There are connecting pieces but no overarching narrative which was really cool. I would definitely recommend this book!  … Learn more  here!

Clockwork PrincessClockwork Princess by Cassandra clare

And back to the Shadow world. Like I said, after Lady Midnight I was wrapped up in this universe and wasn’t quite ready to let go so I went back to re-read Clockwork Princess which is the final book of the Internal Devices series revolving around Tessa Gray, Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale. The Infernal Devices is (so far) my favorite series of Cassandra Clare’s, I love Tessa and the love triangle is so perfect and resolves so nicely that I love coming back to this book over and over. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s books I recommend them! I would read them in the order of their release but you could easily start with The Infernal Devices and pick it up with The Mortal Instruments next. The Mortal Instruments is a long series but you have to finish it to move on to The Dark Artifices (Lady Midnight).  … Learn more  here!

Lucky for me, I’ve maintained a good momentum with my reading this month and I’m ahead of schedule which is nice leading in to summer months when I tend to read a little less because I always want to play outside! I’m a little over halfway done with The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and I’m itching for a little non-fiction. Fiction has been my jam the last couple months and I love it but I could us a little motivating self improvement or professional development book too. I recently attended a marketing leadership conference and got a lot of great ideas for books to read so I’m hoping to grab at least one of those this month!

GOAL STANDING:

15/36 books (42% and 3 books ahead of schedule)

  1. Read a book published this year (CHECK – Lady Midnight)
  2. Read a book you can finish in a day (CHECK – If I Stay)
  3. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read (CHECK – Cinder)
  4. Read a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
  5. Read a book you should have read in school
  6. Read a book chosen for you by your spouse, sibling, or BFF (CHECK – Troublemaker)
  7. Read a book published before you were born
  8. Read a book that was banned at some point
  9. Read a book you previously abandoned
  10. Read a book you own but have never read
  11. Read a book that intimidates you
  12. Read a book you’ve already read at least once (CHECK – Clockwork Princess)