Monthly Round Up: April Wrap Up and May TBR

Can you believe we are in May already?!

 

I’ve fallen a little bit behind towards the end of this month due to working a lot of voluntary shifts, including lates this last weekend which meant working until 2am (so no reading on those nights for me). But I still got a chunk of my pile read, and I’ll just be carrying the last two books over into May.

 

What did I read in April?

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Discussions: Epigraphs

Hallo everyone, hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I decided to post this today instead of my usual Monday post as I am in work 8-5pm tomorrow, so it’ll probably be easier for me if I post this now. Due to working lates over the weekend (4pm-2am), I’ve not been able to get much reading done, which means I probably won’t have a review up until thursday at earliest (however, I am going to read a chunk this afternoon and my posts on tuesday/wednesdays are memes so it isn’t like the blog will be dead this week)

 

ANYWAY, moving on. My topic of this post is “Epigraphs”. Inspired by the booktuber “Booksandquills”, (follow the link to the video)- I’ve decided to do a post celebrating my favourite Epigraphs among the books I own.

Now for those of you who don’t know, because I didn’t until the other day, an “Epigraph” is the short piece of writing often placed before the novel begins but after the dedication. It tends to be a relevant quote from another work which helps to set the tone of the story out.

Of the 250-so books I currently own on my bookcases, only 39 of them contain Epigraphs. Of those thirty nine, here are my favourites, in no particular order. Some of these books I didn’t actually even like (looking at you, Hourglass.), but the Epigraphs in them are just lovely.

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60. Red Rising (#1)- Pierce Brown

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Title: Red Rising  (#1)

Author: Pierce Brown

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On the Shelves: Fiction> Sci-Fi/Dystopian

The war begins…

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda… (Goodreads 2014)

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Bonus Post: Happy St George’s Day!

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(from Innocent smoothies twitter! bwahha)

Happy St George’s Day guys! I always feel that poor old St George hardly ever gets a look in compared to the ever popular St Paddy’s day, even though you know- he did slay a dragon. I mean, whats a guy got to do around here to get some recognition in his own country for being the Patron Saint eh?! For those who do not know the story of St George, you can find it here

In other news, It’s Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday and World Book Night. I intend to spend the whole day reading because of this. In honour of Shakey’s birthday, have one of my favourite quotes from my favourite play of his: Much Ado About Nothing

I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger.
‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.”  – Beatrice

Do any of you enjoy Shakespeare? What is your favourite of his works? I tend to only enjoy his works when I actually see them performed on stage as I struggle reading them in their scripted form.

Top Ten Tuesday 10: Apocalyptic Dream Team

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As hosted by Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

So this week’s theme, you basically pick the top ten characters who “X”, so it can be the ten who piss you off the most, the ten who you are entirely besotted with, the ten characters who need an attitude adjustment. I decided to mix this with a popular booktuber tag at the moment and pick “My Apocalyptic Dream Team” using Ten Characters from Ten different series.

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59. Don’t Even Think About it- Sarah Mlynowski

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Title: Don’t Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Rating: DNF

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Contemporary/Paranormal (?)

 

This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.

When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same. 

A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done (Goodreads 2014)

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58. The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

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On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen (Goodreads 2014)

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