May 1, 2019

April 2019

April has been a touch more relaxed than the last few months, even though there were definitely a lot of highlights. I attended a bookstore event with Christine Lynn Herman and Amanda Foody, went to see Jess Glynne with my sister Rachel, watched Avengers: Endgame (which yes, deserves a mention because it was an epic cinematic experience that ended a ten year era) for the first time, saw Waitress again (this time with Jeremy Jordan and Shoshana Bean in the cast) and had copious amounts of caffeine and dessert with friends. Spring has also arrived (yay for less layers, boo for the allergies), and I am here for all of the blooms and pastels!

Of the 29 novels (including 2 rereads) and 1 short story I finished in April (which is honestly an incredible amount of reading, and I still have no idea how I actually did it), my favorites were:
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the series finale of The Mortal Instruments that beautifully wraps up the story that's been unfolding since Clary first walked into Pandemonium and discovered the world of the Nephilim
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, the first novel in a series centered around two teens in the world of the Nephilim, one determined to exact revenge for her parents' murders and one desperately trying to keep what remains of his family together 
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare, which jumps back a couple of years in the Shadowhunters timeline to allow readers to find out just what happened on the trip to Europe that Magnus and Alec go on after the Mortal War
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, a standalone YA fantasy about a girl who grows up in one of the Great Libraries that house powerful grimoires and aspires to work with them one day, only to end up implicated in a crime and taken to the capital where she discovers a bigger conspiracy is at foot
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, an adult contemporary romance where the First Son of the President of the United States and a Prince of England must fake a friendship in order to maintain their respective political situations only to end up falling in love as they get to know each other better
Since I read so many excellent books last month, so I wanted to actually take the time to shoutout a couple more titles that you need to check out as well, titles that I was severely tempted to add to the list above: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali, Birthday by Meredith Russo, There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

If you've missed out on anything on my blog or our channel, this section is for you! You'll find links to everything that went up in the last month.


  1. Ahhh, Endgame. I balled my eyes out watching that movie. It made me want to rewatch every Marvel movie leading up to it.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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