The Read List

April 2019

Is it just me, or did April feel like it lasted forever and yet, it seems crazy that we’re five months into the year already? Considering that I felt like April was super long, I didn’t really get up to all that much.  The highlights for me were the Easter break which I got to spend with my nieces and nephew and the sun finally made an appearance and the end of the month when Endgame came out and blew my mind! Oh and the return of Game of Thrones, obviously.

What I read this month:

A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
I adored this when I read it last year and after hearing it had been optioned into a film I figured I’d re-read book one and then finally finish the series. I still love Lila Bard, Kell, Rhy and Holland and oh God. Why can’t I just inhale all of V E Schwab’s books immediately?

A Gathering of Shadows – V E Schwab
So, I finally did it, I finally read this whole series and oh my God. I have so many feels, I don’t know who I love more, Kell or Lila, as you might have noticed from the incredibly fangirly ramble I posted about the series recently! Victoria Schwab is an actual genius, can I just be her?

A Conjuring of Light – V E Schwab
If you’ve read this you’ll understand when I fall to my knees and wail HOLLAND over and over again. What an emotional rollercoaster this series was, it is my new favourite series, I love this world and these characters and you bet I’m gonna pre order the next book set in this world the minute such a thing is available to me.

Bloody Brilliant Women – Cathy Newman
I picked this up on a complete whim, I thought it looked a bit like Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and as I enjoyed that so much, I decided to give this a go. Though the information wasn’t as easily digested as in Goodnight Stories and while it was fascinating to read, it was a bit more academic than I’m used to – I’m a bit out of practise with that! I wish this had focused on the individual women that it mentioned rather than just settling on giving their lives context. It was really interesting though!

Restore Me – Tahereh Mafi
The latest two books in this series were at the library and I couldn’t resist! This series reminds me a little of the Maze Runner series in the sense that each book is incredibly fast paced, with barely any world building and yet I can’t help but love them! This one picks up immediately after the events of Ignite Me just with more questions and more drama and the way it ended made me very glad I grabbed both of them.

Defy Me – Tahereh Mafi
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?! Honestly, I don’t get these books! The way the story is told is so interesting and I can’t help but be completely obsessed with them. This left me with more questions. Especially about Castle, why, if he knows so much, does he insist on keeping things secret until the very last minute? What is up with that? I have the next one added to my goodreads list already!

Not My Father’s Son – Alan Cumming
I’ve wanted to read this forever and now I have finally gotten around to it. I think Alan Cumming is a really under rated actor who doesn’t get half as much credit as he deserves. This is a family memoir rather than just a straight forward auto biography and deals with a lot of the domestic issues that Alan and his brother dealt with growing up.

The Five – Hallie Rubenhold
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Finally rather than a book about Jack the Ripper and his heinious crimes, we have a book about the ‘canonical’ five victims. Often branded prostitutes and given a bad rep just to further the story of the horrific person who took their lives, this book proves all those stories wrong, these women had families, had lives, had worries and friends and were so much more than what history has rendered them. This is a truly fascinating book, not just because it gives these women a voice, but because of the depth of information you get about London and specifically the east end at the time, the details you get about what it meant to be a woman in that time period and what it meant to be poor and the absolute depth of depravity that people were driven to just to survive.

On the Come Up – Angie Thomas
Look, I’ll admit, I haven’t read The Hate You Give yet, but I was at the library and I saw this and as THUG is on my to read list, I figured I might as well grab this while it was on the shelf. I really enjoyed this and loved the characters and the insight into a completely different world than the one I know. I do feel bad writing a review about it though, it isn’t really my story to tell.

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes – Holly Bourne
Look, I’m a big Holly Bourne fan, It Only Happens in the Movies will always be my favourite of hers, but this is a close second. Idk about you, but I’m one of those people who has a mental health condition but spends much of their time trying to ignore that fact and I think that is why I related to this book so hard. I’ve never resonated with a narrator since I read the Bell Jar.

Films I watched this month:

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Agatha, a tale of murder
  • The Avengers: EndGame (I watched this twice in the span of two days. I AM EMOTIONALLY BROKEN)

TV I watched this month:

  • Riverdale
  • Dynasty
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Quicksand
  • Game of Thrones

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

What I’ve been listening to this month:

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

We had the last ever Last Month *cries*, Treacle Tats uploaded perhaps the weirdest tattoo video ever but it was the most fun I’ve ever had while watching people show off their tattoos. Another amazing thing that happened was that Taylor Swift has new music out and the video is like a musical complete with dance routines, cats and of course, Brendan Urie!


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