My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s April 2017 Wrap Up

A Court of Mist and Fury (★★★★★) and Wings and Embers by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★)

My favorite book of 2016 was an even better re-read! Tackled in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin (more on that below), I also used April to finally check out the Nesta/Cassian short story Wings and Embers, which was good but not ACOMAF good. Let’s be honest though, is anything ACOMAF good? [READ FULL REVIEW] [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (★★★★½)

My first book by Nina LaCour, We Are Okay was the perfect story to get me out of my post ACOMAF reading slump. An intimate and honest look at grief, We Are Okay bounces between Marin’s life pre and post-tragedy, and the family who is desperately trying to make her feel whole again. Get your hankies out, because this slice of life contemporary novel will give you all the feels.

Literally by Lucy Keating (★★★☆☆)

Lucy Keating’s sophomore novel may have the exact same premise as Stranger Than Fiction, but trust me, it’s no Stranger Than Fiction. The story revolves around Annabelle, a teenager with a perfect life who realizes she’s trapped inside a novel written by author Lucy Keating. It could work, but it doesn’t. Super contrived and over the top, there’s nothing worse than Lucy Keating writing about how great Lucy Keating is.

One More Thing: Stories and More Stories by B.J. Novak (★★★☆☆½)

Even comedians suffer from short story collection issues. While wholly inventive and original, Novak’s clever flash fiction shines, whereas longer attempts drag the entire collection down. Novak’s strongest stories are ones commenting on popular culture, or to be more specific, any that end with the line: “Do you think Johnny Depp should have driven his motorcycle off the mountain highway to his death? Why or why not?

Make Trouble by John Waters (★★★★)

An illustrated version of his 2015 speech to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, my only fault with John Waters’ Make Trouble is that it wasn’t updated to reflect our current political landscape. Despite this shortcoming, Make Trouble is full of inspirational tidbits for recent graduates and adults of all ages. Because sometimes we all need to be reminded to fuck up the world beautifully.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (★★★★)

The follow up to last year’s Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods is even more exciting and action packed than its predecessor. At least until every interesting POV character dies, then things kind of stall in a not-so-spectacular manner. Set ten years after the events of the first novel, Waking Gods answers some lingering questions and explores the unthinkable: a global alien attack.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (★★★★★)

Worried you won’t love Becky Albertalli’s follow-up to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda? You have absolutely nothing to worry about! Chock full of diverse, fully fleshed out characters, an adorable love story, and a relatable main character you want to rip out of the pages and hug, I fell in love with Albertalli’s sophomore novel on page two. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★★)

 

 

 

 
[READ FULL REVIEW]


2017-reading-challenges

Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 15/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 6
Totals: 11/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 17
Totals: 41/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 1
Totals: 2/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 14/25 books

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6 thoughts on “My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s April 2017 Wrap Up

  1. Your thoughts on Literally have almost made me want to unhaul it or return it or something! I really need to read We Are Okay and Waking Gods soon! And I cannot wait for book club on Saturday to discuss the perfection that is ACOWAR<3!

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