Coffee and… A Bookish April

And that’s another month of 2020 over with. It’s not been the best month for reading or general life, but join me in a coffee anyway?

coffee and...

The Coffee:

This week’s coffee is another Clifton coffee(and one I have had before). The Kenyan Ndaroini AA with tasting notes of plum, vine tomato and red grape.

The Books:

I think we all feel like the last month (ish) has been 6000 years long. Like a lot of people, I’ve been struggling with my reading lately. I’m also struggling with blogging which is why it’s been a bit quieter here this month. I did start getting cross with myself on both counts and then I remembered we are all going through something horrendous and traumatic at the moment, and it is exhausting. Also, I’m still working,and I’m doing increased hours for the next few months. I’m trying to keep my kid sane and doing his school work, and he’s struggling, and everything’s a bit s**t. And then our oven set on fire. And the small boy had a meltdown because he’s feeling so lonely. So to summarise: April has been a hard meh.

This month was the OWLs which S decided to do with me, and we’ve both been doing our best to get through our books. We’ve also played a lot of Animal Crossing and watched a lot of Marvel. We’ve eaten a lot of cookies and done a lot of nothing much. How’s your April been?

Stats

reading stats

Books Read: 14

Pages Read: 5115

Star Ratings:

Five Stars

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book is worth every bit of the hype. It’s unusually written, but it hooked me straight in and I loved every moment. It’s so clever, and my only disappointment is that Daisy Jones and the Six don’t exist so I can’t go out and buy their album!
  • Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare: Any new Shadowhunter book is bound to steal my heart, but this is definitely one of my favourites yet and I am excited to see where this part of the series goes next.
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy: Absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. This is exactly what I needed to read right now. Some really great messages and stunning illustrations.
  • Venom by Bex Hogan This is the most phenomenal sequel. I loved being back in this world. I loved that there was more magic. I am still tormented by the way it ended. Such a great book and I cannot wait for the finale.
  • House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City 1) by Sarah J. Maas What a ride. This book is outrageously good. I loved it. It’s brutal and stabby with some brilliant twists and an amazing cast of characters. I’m so glad I jumped on the hype and read this.

Four Stars

  • Reverie by Ryan La Sala: Brilliant, and wonderfully weird. This book is nothing like anything I’ve read before. It’s also super-gay and super-magic in the very best way.
  • The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke: Another great Cat Clarke book. This book had a great atmosphere. I loved the characters in this, and the end was shocking!

Three Stars

  • Another Beginning by Lauren James I really enjoyed this short story / novella. I think it will make a lot more sense when I’ve read other books from the series, but I am already in love with Clove and Ella and really looking forward to catching up on their story.
  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: This book has a fascinating concept, an intriguing mystery and some great characters. I enjoyed it.
  • Jinxed by Amy McCulloch – I really enjoyed this one, it had a great premise and a shocking ending. I’ll definitely be reading the next in this series.
  • The Shadow Keeper by Abi Elphinstone: Another adventure with Moll and her friends filled with great friendships, adventure and mythical creatures. Looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends.
  • The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone: This finale had some edge-of-your seat moments, but Molly and her pals get a brilliant ending to their adventures.
  • Storm Witch by Ellen Renner Storm is a brilliant character, I loved her and her story. I enjoyed the setting and the magic in this world. Will definitely pick up the sequel.
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi: I really loved the concept of travelling in time and of only having the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. I thought a lot about this after reading the book. I adored the stories of those going to a different time, but I found the part holding those vignettes together a bit confusing and difficult to follow at times. Definitely worth a read.

challenge updates
Goodreads: 53/175. Apparently I’m three books behind schedule. I’ve read some big books this month, but also, I don’t care right now. I just don’t.
Conquering Mount Ted: 169. It’s gone down a bit, which is shocking considering I went on a Netgalley spree. Maybe mistakes were made, or maybe wonderful things are in my future. who knows?
Steph’s Books: I don’t think I read a single book of Steph’s this month. Oops.
OWLs: I’ll do a proper wrap up of my OWLs next week, but I aimed to read all 12 subjects for this year. At the time of writing this I have 2 days left and one book and a few pages to finish. It’s going to be a tight squeeze, but I am hopeful I’ll squeeze them in under the wire.

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One of the weirdest things about not being out in the world is that I have no idea what books are coming out any more, and those I knew about have been moving publication dates because Coronavirus is a ****. But here’s some I’m excited for and have pre-ordered:

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunne.
  • Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie.
  • Wonderland by Juno Dawson.

What was the best book you read in February? And what’s top of your list for March?

4 thoughts on “Coffee and… A Bookish April

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  1. Sorry you’ve had a rough month. Hope you’re all feeling in a better headspace and May feels more positive for you. Being at home with Peapod means I’m getting nowhere near the reading done I was doing (and I hardly got any done to begin with!) but like you say, I’m also trying to remember these are strange times!

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      1. Aw, must be so tough especially for S. Hope he’s OK.
        We’re all doing ok, I keep panicking about going back to work so I’m just trying to block it out until it comes. I’m not good at the unknown!

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