Monday, April 30, 2012

April Top 5

April was kind of a weird reading month for me. Probably because I was thoroughly wrapped up in a Dawson's Creek marathon at one point the lines of reality and Pacey blurred a little bit. As most of my free time was devoted to Dawson's my reading pattern was a little wonky this month. Even despite the whole reliving the 90's thing going on, I was in a serious reading slump this month. Every time I thought I was getting out of that slump, I'd slide right back in. Still, I read some majorly awesome books this month. Like, the kind of books that you want to buy for everyone you know. So here's my top five reads this month.

1. The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
The synopsis of this book is rather misleading, I think. Sure, it looks like it's nothing out of the ordinary, but I believe that this book is one of the few that its truly extraordinary. It's so beautifully written and I believe it belongs up there on my list of books I think every teen should read.
 
2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I'm actually finding it hard to believe that I read this book this month. It seems like this story has been with me for as long as I can remember. This book is every positive adjective I can think of: beautiful, amazing, entrancing, adventurous, encouraging, and enchanting. Check out my review. 
 
3. Croak by Gina Damico
This was one of those books that gave me a nice break in the middle of my reading slump. I laughed through this whole thing. It's a unique take on grim reapers and I'm still caught up on Gina Damico's version of the afterlife. Even if the rest of it doesn't draw you in, the afterlife should. How do you resist reading about dead presidents bickering, Poe walking around all full of angst, and a place where Mozart has his own planet? Genius. This book is genius. I'd love to live in Gina Damico's brain. 
 
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This book is amazing. I highly suggest you pre-order it now! The physical representations of light versus dark were fascinating and complex. This is a book I hope they make into movie, if only to see some of these scenes come to life. Not that I need to physically see them, because they are so perfectly vivid in my mind already. When I finished this story I was in complete awe. 
 
5. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
After I re-arranged all my shelves by genre, I realized that I have more angel books than I do any other genre (except for contemporary). That said, Embrace was a wonderful representation of paranormal angel fiction. Violet was just an incredible heroine and her strength was enviable. Plus, it's a book that keeps your nerves on edge and your emotions at the surface. Read my review. 

What were your top reads this month? 

1 comment:

  1. April was weird for me too. I hope May is better.

    Awesome list of books. I'm going to try to read The Princess of Iowa in the next few weeks. It's been on my Kindle for a while now!

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Monday, April 30, 2012

April Top 5

April was kind of a weird reading month for me. Probably because I was thoroughly wrapped up in a Dawson's Creek marathon at one point the lines of reality and Pacey blurred a little bit. As most of my free time was devoted to Dawson's my reading pattern was a little wonky this month. Even despite the whole reliving the 90's thing going on, I was in a serious reading slump this month. Every time I thought I was getting out of that slump, I'd slide right back in. Still, I read some majorly awesome books this month. Like, the kind of books that you want to buy for everyone you know. So here's my top five reads this month.

1. The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
The synopsis of this book is rather misleading, I think. Sure, it looks like it's nothing out of the ordinary, but I believe that this book is one of the few that its truly extraordinary. It's so beautifully written and I believe it belongs up there on my list of books I think every teen should read.
 
2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I'm actually finding it hard to believe that I read this book this month. It seems like this story has been with me for as long as I can remember. This book is every positive adjective I can think of: beautiful, amazing, entrancing, adventurous, encouraging, and enchanting. Check out my review. 
 
3. Croak by Gina Damico
This was one of those books that gave me a nice break in the middle of my reading slump. I laughed through this whole thing. It's a unique take on grim reapers and I'm still caught up on Gina Damico's version of the afterlife. Even if the rest of it doesn't draw you in, the afterlife should. How do you resist reading about dead presidents bickering, Poe walking around all full of angst, and a place where Mozart has his own planet? Genius. This book is genius. I'd love to live in Gina Damico's brain. 
 
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This book is amazing. I highly suggest you pre-order it now! The physical representations of light versus dark were fascinating and complex. This is a book I hope they make into movie, if only to see some of these scenes come to life. Not that I need to physically see them, because they are so perfectly vivid in my mind already. When I finished this story I was in complete awe. 
 
5. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
After I re-arranged all my shelves by genre, I realized that I have more angel books than I do any other genre (except for contemporary). That said, Embrace was a wonderful representation of paranormal angel fiction. Violet was just an incredible heroine and her strength was enviable. Plus, it's a book that keeps your nerves on edge and your emotions at the surface. Read my review. 

What were your top reads this month? 

1 comment:

  1. April was weird for me too. I hope May is better.

    Awesome list of books. I'm going to try to read The Princess of Iowa in the next few weeks. It's been on my Kindle for a while now!

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