Monthly Reads

April 2017: A Summary

I think this month had the largest number of five star reviews I’ve ever had in a month…super surprising since I found myself in a terrible reading slump but at least it was a good month for reading!

Books Read:

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper (reread) – (five beans) – I can’t help it! This is one of my feel good books, and it usually succeeds in getting me out of a reding slump if I happen to be in one.  This is the story of a billionaire (inventor based on Facebook) who decides to renovate his old family home, and he hires several people to help.  The main character is Nina, who is a landscape artist and they fall in love but the island is haunted by his ancestors! It’s the closest to romance I really seem to get…

Nobody’s Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery and Transformation by Barbara Amaya – (five beans) – This book needs to be read by everyone.  A memoir about one woman’s journey from an abusive household to a life of prostitution to her life as it is now.  So incredible, so hard to read, but honest and she doesn’t seem to hide anything.

Brooklyn on Fire (Mary Handley #2) by Lawrence H Levy – (three beans) This was a good book, well written and historically very accurate to the time-period.  However, I can’t get over the super slow beginning and the fact that the protagonist annoyed me.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – (five beans) – This is probably one of my new favorite books.  If you’ve seen the movie, know that this one takes the sass and brings it up to an extraordinary level and I LOVED IT!!! Please go read it now!!

Phoenix Awakens (The Phoenix #1) by Eliza Nolan – (one bean) – I intensely disliked this book.  Like I didn’t finish it dislike it…however, if you liked Twilight, you’ll love this one!

Assassination Classroom, Vol 13 by Yusei Matsui – (five beans) I have to say that after reading this one, the next one makes more sense! Epic fail…yea, somehow I didn’t read this one and I’m not sure how this happened, but it did.

The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel Adaptation) Vol 1 by Neil Gaiman – (five beans) – I really enjoyed the first half of this story and I’m super glad that I had the second one when I finished this one or else there would have been problems.

The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel Adaptation) Vol 2 by Neil Gaiman – (five beans) – This story was partially funny and partially sci-fi sort of scary almost? Basically, Nobody Owen’s family is murdered but he finds his way out and ends up in a graveyard where he is brought up by the ghosts and creatures there.  It’s wonderful!! I may have bought the actual story…

My Neighbor Seki, Vol 1 by Takuma Morishige – (five beans) – This is a relatively short manga series that my library seems to have and I’m pretty excited because it’s ADORABLE!! Seriously, this is simply about a girl, Rumi, who sits in the back of her classroom and the amazing and crazy things her neighbor, Seki, does during class.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander (audiobook read by Eddie Redmayne) – (four point five beans) – Maybe it’s because Eddie Redmayne narrated it, but I loved listening to this audiobook and it’s worth a listen! I will say, which I’m slightly sad I have to say, but this really has nothing to do with the movie. It’s literally the textbook that the students of Hogwarts used…

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