reading challenge

Reading Challenge Update – April 2019

Hey, I’m back with a new reading challenge update! April was a slower month for me, mostly because I hit a book slump toward the beginning of the month because something I was reading just wasn’t doing it for me.

I wonder if you can guess which one it was. 😉

The Five-Star Favs

wicked saints
Finished: 4/3/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Wicked Saints has solidified itself as a modern gothic fiction novel—it has that romantic horror vibe to me—and I’d love to see certain scenes on the big screen, namely That One with Serefin. [Review]

king of scars
Finished: 4/28/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A book that makes you nostalgic – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • Book published in 2019 – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Even though this was my first time reading King of Scars, which released in 2019, it made me deeply nostalgic for the Six of Crows duology and also for the Grishaverse trilogy—its humble beginnings and the Darkling in particular. It’s been awesome seeing how much this world and these characters have grown since then.

blood heir
Finished: 4/30/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A debut novel – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • An inspirational story – Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • Author you’ve never heard of – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

I had never heard of Amélie Wen Zhao or her debut novel, Blood Heir, until NetGalley sent me an email about it with an excerpt available to read. I was deeply intrigued by it, got an ARC, and was moved by how inspiring it was and why Zhao decided to write it: by showing what it means to be considered an Other in society and how marginalized people can take their power back. [Review]

The Meh

soul in darkness
Finished: 3/28/19 | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Challenges met:

  • A book that includes a wedding – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • A genre you don’t usually read – Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • A self-published book – @MommyMannegren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

It’s not that I never read adult romance, but it’s so hard to find the good stuff that I tend to stay away from it. I took a chance on Soul in Darkness, which includes both a humor wedding and a not-so-traditional wedding, and it was not a good choice. I can only wonder if its self-published status contributed to how much I didn’t like it. [Review]

That’s all for this month!

How have your reading challenges been going? Is there anything you’re thinking about changing or switching up?

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