Month In Review | April 2016

Well, well, well! Another month has flown by! But that just means we’re a month closer to summer, my favorite season! Anyhow, I  read a ton in this past month and lots of exciting things happened, so let’s jump right into it!

Books Read + Mini Reviews

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | 5/5 Stars

Loved it! I sense a new obsession in the making! The art was beautiful and the story was great and engaging. Couldn’t put it down!

Lumberjanes Issue 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen | 5/5 Stars

I thought this was such a cute beginning! Can’t wait to see what’s next for our imaginative girl gang!

Lumberjanes Issue 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen | 3.5/5 Stars

This was cute, but I couldn’t really tell how it advanced any sort of overarching storyline or plot.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | 3.5/5 Stars

I had a LOT of technical issues with this book BUT on a purely entertainment level, I loved it. I will be continuing on with the series and hope to see Cavallaro’s writing get stronger. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Watson and Holmes!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan | 4/5 Stars

Very cute! I loved it! Obviously this isn’t a great literary classic or anything and it’s totally Will and Kate fanfic, but it’s great for what it is!

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr | 1/5 Stars/DNF

This book had such an interesting premise, but the execution was terrible. I don’t even know what the plot was.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry | 4/5 Stars

I fell in love with this book and Emily and Oz! I was skeptical about YA biker lit but the sequel is one of my most wanted books now! Definitely a must read!

The Favorite by Kiera Cass | 3/5 Stars

It was a cute story, but there didn’t seem to be much point to it…
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | 4/5 Stars

It was great to be back in this world again, especially in the last novella. I enjoyed most of the short stories, but let’s be honest: we were all there for that ending. Very cute
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | 2/5 Stars

I really did not like this book. I found it had implied slut shaming and a really toxic relationship that teens should not look up to. I just–ugh. Blech!

Losing It by Cora Carmack | 2.5/5 Stars

This book was soooooo cute! I was so surprised by how much I really enjoyed Losing It. It wasn’t revolutionary, but it was cute.
Faking It by Cora Carmack | 3.5/5 Stars

The sequel to Losing It was just as cute as the first book! I loved learning more about Cade and getting to know Max! Very cute!
Finding It by Cora Carmack | 3.5/5 Stars

This is the darkest of the Losing It trilogy and I really felt that. It did have its cute moments, but there were just so many heavy moments and things going on. Still, I enjoyed it.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | 3/5 Stars

This book was pretty “blah” for me. The characters were colorless and there wasn’t much plot. It wasn’t bad per se, it just left me with no real lasting impressions.

Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge 

38/86 Books Completed

11 books ahead of schedule
Debut Author Challenge

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Rock My TBR Challenge

I unfortunately didn’t get to any backlist books this months.

Bookish Bingo

Second Chance

Set In Space–Starflight by Melissa Landers

Non Binary MC

Under 200 Pages–“Bridge of Snow” by Marie Rutkoski

Ugly Cover

Set Over 200 Years Ago–Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

March, April, May Release–A Study in Charlotte by Britany Cavallaro


Metallic Lettering–Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Based On A Real Event

Book Toward Another Challenge

Green Cover–Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Retelling–Stars Above (The Little Android) by Marissa Meyer

Set In More Than One Country–The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Characters Aren’t Human–Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Rec’d By More Than One Friend

Flowers On The Cover

MC Shares Your First Initial–Seven Black Diamond by Melissa Marr

Written Under A Pen Name

More Than One Author–Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

End Of The World

Number In The Title–Zero Day by Jan Gangsei


Standalone–Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Challenge 

33/50 Audiobooks Completed

Book Haul

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (Audiobook)

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (Audiobook)(preorder)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Audiobook)

Book Bucket

As per usual, I’m winging it (because *sigh*…let’s just face it: that’s just who I am). BUT! I do have a few books that I know I am definitely going to read and they are…


Looking Ahead-Blogging

  • The Way Back to You Blog Tour
  • Girl About Town Blog Tour
  • Genius: The Game Blog Tour
  • The Bookkeeper’s Secrets Soon to Be Announced Summer YA Girls in STEM Event (!!!)

Monthly Snapshots

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

My Favorite Things

  • Hypable’s Book Hype Podcast
  • Adventures In YA Podcast
  • Carla Morrison’s “Un Beso”
  • Ruelle’s “Monsters”
  • CW’s The 100

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

7 thoughts on “Month In Review | April 2016

  1. Wow, you had an eventful month! I have not gotten around to reading Stars Above yet, but I’m super excited because that series was JUST SO AMAZING. I also just read The Conspiracy of Us; I’m going to have to get my hands on a copy of the sequel!

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  2. Hey, it looks like you’re making good progress with your Goodreads Challenge. I’m not doing well with my RockMyTBR backlist lately, either. There are just too many good books to read that keep drawing my attention away!

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  3. Busy month! I’m planning to get Saga Volume 1 this month. The plot isn’t really in my comfort zone, but so many people love it so I have to give it a shot!
    Are you going to increase your Goodreads goal? It’s awesome that you are ahead by so much!


    1. woops! that’s a typo! thanks for pointing it out! i actually gave it 2.5 stars because it was fast and readable and the writing was accessible. that being said, though, i hated it, lol!

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