Monthly Musings – April 2015

MonthlyMusingsThis is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find.


Well, April didn’t last long but it was a great reading month. I’ve been a bit distracted, getting ready to do some home renovations this week (or rather, have other people that know what they are doing come do them for me). So, packing up and relocating and cleaning out whatever we’ve accumulated in the 14 years of living in this house. Fun times! I had hoped to get to The Rook with the r/Fantasy goodreads group, but is just didn’t happen. But I did read Wee Free Men for the Fantasy Faction book club. I also met with the local book club as they were discussing The Martian (this is the book club I have gone to before on their ‘non-specific book’ days). It was interesting, there was actual discussion on the book!

I gave out my first 1 star  review since starting my blog. Maybe it was harsh, maybe I should have given it 2 stars, but it did irk me to a level where I decided I was comfortable with 1 star.


Highlighted Reads from April











I gave out two 5 Star ratings this month to two very different books. Grace of Kings is an epic fantasy told in a very different style as it pulls techniques from non=western literature and combines a very interesting blend. Because of this it had such a unique feel to it.

When We Were Animals was just an incredibly beautiful and reflective book. The prose was superb and the main character was just fascinating. A very hard book to put down


Review Summary [April]

April Backlist Burndown

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

For my backlist pick, I read The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham. I really enjoyed it and am hoping to find the time to read the rest of the series. For next month, I haven’t decided yet. Front runners are The Reapers are the Angels, this has been on my TBR list for years and now that I know it’s a pen name for Joshua Gaylord, I may have to finally give it a try. I am also considering just continuing with The Coin and the Dagger series with The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham.. Other books I’ve eyed are Tainted City by Courtney Schafer. I bought this immediately after finishing Whitefire Crossing but haven’t read it yet. I really want to read it before the third book is available. Broken Kingdoms by N. K Jemisin and Lock In by John Scalzi are a couple more. Actually, I really, really want to read Anathem or Reamde by Neal Stephenson, but I keep putting them off because they are just so long. One of these months I will pick one! I’ll finalize my choice for May after I finish my current audiobook 🙂 If anyone wants to try and persuade me to read something, feel free! 🙂 In general I think my mood is actually leaning towards Sci-Fi or horror right now, but that may very well change.



Here’s what other people read and burned off their backlist this month! It makes me happy to see other people joining in with this, so thanks to all of you! 🙂 Anyone else that posted a backlist review this month, feel free to link up! Hope to see another great set of books for May.

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Looking Forward to May 2015

I have so many great books lined up for the next couple of months! Here’s a a few towards the top of my list at the moment that I plan on reading, but as usual, there is the caveat that I probably won’t get to all of them. And may get distracted by some others.




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15 thoughts on “Monthly Musings – April 2015”

  1. I still need to read THE THREE, which I have a copy of but just can’t seem to get to. It looks like DAY FOUR isn’t really a sequel?? In any case, I can’t wait to read your review. I think you should check out LOCK IN, I had great fun with that book. And I do want to read Grace of Kings, everyone seems to be loving it. Good luck with your home improvements! That’s so weird, we have also been in our house for 14 years, and we’ve just started looking into replacing some of the windows, as well as ALL of the flooring in the house.:-D
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  2. I am so glad folks are participating in your backlist burn down. I need to put it on my post, I keep forgetting to! I will try to remember this month! I will have to grab the graphic next time I log onto my computer but most times I have just been using my iPad and phone to update my blog. It’s weird not being on my computer everyday anymore.

    So glad you had two fabulous reads last month.

    I hope the home renovations go good! We had housework done as well, a new ac/ heat unit and new light fixtures and drywall repair…all sorts of little things and then resurfaced the entire garage floor! Course I just sat around taking care of the baby lol.
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  3. As soon as you mentioned The Tainted City, I wanted to cheer for that book. I highly recommend it! (I’m such a freaking fandrogyne for that series, I really am!) But then you also mentioned Broken Kingdoms, and Lock In, and ooh, those are some very good books too, and if it were me, I’d be hard-pressed to decide between even those three!
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  4. I loved Lock In, definitely recommend it! It’s got some very interesting things going on in terms of narration, and I find it really interesting hearing how different bloggers interpret those more unique aspects. I’ve not yet given a 1 star rating, but I have DNFed a book (probably would’ve given it 1 star had I finished). It does feel sort of weird giving really poor ratings sometimes, but not every book can be a winner.
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