April 2017 Wrap-Up: Circuses, Stars, Lightning – Oh My!

April Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

April Wrap-Up: The BibliologistApril has been one awesome month.

As a blogger, I’ve hit a few milestones. Buying a domain name (yay!), celebrating my one year blogiversary (trust me, it’s a thing), and starting to blog professionally. At least, starting to take it seriously.

As a reader, I’ve given myself a shiny bronze medal, because I’ve never read so many books in one month in my life. The number? Seven. Which is a wholla lot for this girl. (Don’t laugh, I see you there.) With the semester wrapping up, I’ve had a lot more time to give to reading, and I’m super excited to be sharing my reviews for The Lightning Thief, The Falconer, and Carve the Mark early this May!

Here’s a sampling of my month in books:

1. The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: 4/5 StarsI was ridiculously excited to start TNC, and I couldn’t stop myself from starting it immediately after I picked it up from the library. Unfortunately, though, it didn’t rock my world with its awesomeness, but it was still pretty fantastic. My review is up here if you want to check it out. 😉

2. Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 3/5 StarsWell. One thing this month didn’t give me trouble with was figuring out which book was the worst of the bunch. Caraval was by far the most laughable “why-did-I-read-this” kind of books…probably ever. I had so much fun writing my review that it kind of made that week.

3. Number the Stars

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: 5/5 StarsThis was a required read for me, but turned out being one of my favorite books I read this month. It was beautifully done, and by far one of the best children’s books I’ve read. Like ever. (My review is up here.)

4. The Falconer

My review for The Falconer will be up in a few days, but to be honest, it was nothing to write home about. It was my first experience reading a steampunk novel (whatever that means) and it was fairly well done. It kept my interest enough to finish it, but I’m doubtful if I’m invested enough to continue the series. I don’t want to give everything away, though, so stay tuned for my review!

5. A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 StarsFavorite book of the month. No doubt. A Gentleman in Moscow was a rather hefty novel; somewhere around 500 pages or so, and it took me quite some time to finish it up. But it was worth every minute, and if I’m honest, probably the main reason it took me so long to finish it was because I was savoring every sentence…almost to excess. 😉 You can catch my review here.

6. Carve the Mark

I finished this one in a rush (libraries—why must they have such an abomination as due dates?!?) but I didn’t mind so much…because I really didn’t care about Carve the Mark. (Oops. You can put those knives down now.) It started off a little rough, picked up and got really great, and then…fell. Farrrr down. Like off a cliff down. (I can still hear it screaming as it falls down the Disappointing Book Abyss…)

My review for CTM will be up in a week or two…until then, I’ll leave you in suspense. 😉

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

This was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the freshness and humor of the writing, although I did find a little lack of depth. I don’t want to give all my thoughts away, though, but I’m definitely going to continue the series and can’t wait to see how it grows!

Thank you so much for following along! Here’s a bit of what you can expect this May…

• A fun little book haul.
• Reviews for The Lightning Thief, Carve the Mark, and The Falconer.
• An exciting announcement! (Shhhh, it’s a surprise!)

See you around soon!

Marie Williams