Monthly Musings – April 2017
This 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.
This past month flew by, I know feel like months regularly feel like weeks. Ah well. On the non-book front, I’ve been busy planning a summer trip to Europe with my family, which should be a lot of fun! On the book front, I still feel way behind and am trying to have restraint with my requests until I catch up. I’ve also been looking for lighter reads lately, which is different from my normal preference (and what I have requested). Ah well, I just can’t let it bother me too much and keep doing what I can. I feel bad I haven’t had as much time for commenting on my blog and others because of work and kids taking more time than normal, but am hoping to get back in the swing of things.
- [10 Apr] Skullsworn by Brian Staveley ★★★★★
- [13 Apr] Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig ★★★
- [24 Apr] The Valiant by Lesley Livingston ★★★★½
- [28 Apr] Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal ★★★★
What I Read
Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal – I wanted something lighter, fun, maybe a bit feel good (so, quite a bit different from most of my books). Shades of Milk and Honey hit that perfect, enough so I went straight in to Glamour in Glass.
The White Road by Sarah Lotz – I absolutely loved this book. Lotz is one of my favorite horror writers, and this book was right up there. Nice and creepy, can’t say I want to go caving or climb Everest any day soon
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – Holy hell. This book was so good. An emotional roller coaster that was an epic conclusion to not just The Fitz and the Fool trilogy, but to entire Realm of the Elderlings series. It really tied together all the previous series, and featured characters/references from all of them. If you ever had any doubts about the connectedness of these stories, this book will rectify it all for you.
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston – I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. Features female gladiators (gladiatrices). Was a fun read.