Book hauls, Sunday post

My Reading April (Book haul #3 & Sunday post #4)

The sun is blazing outside, I have a nice cup of tea, tickets to a recital in a few hours, and just enough time to sum up my April reading stats! Are you excited?

(ha, I know you’re not, but I sure am! Cause I think I did better this month! …I mean, I didn’t buy an entire library..?)

Since today happens to be both the last day of April, as well as a Sunday, I’m doing both a book haul and a Sunday post. Let’s look at the new arrivals first!

The ones I bought:

Attachments The Two Princesses of Bamarre Iron Cast

Attachments was praised by a few of my friends both on the blogosphere, as well as Goodreads, so I decided to check it out. It’s apparently a light office tale full of banter and, possibly, romance. I look forward to this as a relaxing evening read.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre has been hanging around my Kindle as a sample for a while, and low and behold – a sale! Of course I’ll grab anything remotely fairytale related and meant for younger readers. And as far as I’ve heard, those are some spunky princesses as well.

Iron Cast I actually just got right before I started writing this post! I had my doubts, because friend reviews list it as both ‘great’ and ‘mediocre’. It was on sale as well, so I’ve decided to find out for myself. And look at that gorgeous cover!

The ones I got for review:

Baking Powder Wars Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Baking Powder Wars I got quite early in April, and I’ve already reviewed it here on my Goodreads. It was full of very interesting facts, but they weren’t presented in the best way. Surely non-fiction can be written better than that, as we know by The Radium Girls?

Quackery is something along those lines, as it seems I’ve been drawn to non-fiction after I read The Radium Girls. Quackery is great fun though! I’d love to have it in print. Nice illustrations, crazy stories – it’s like the illustrated encyclopedia or randomness you spent hours perusing at your grandma’s house when you were little. It’s about all those ridiculous remedies people used to have, and some of them are quite crazy (such as blowing up tobacco smoke up someone’s rear, in an attempt to resuscitate after drowning. No, it’s not just an expression – apparently!)

Verdict:

I did so much better this month! Got only 5 books! That’s a HUGE win for me with my typical 17! Break out the champagne!

April has proven to be a real TBR burn-down month as well, because not only did I not get too many new ones, but read a lot from my old TBR! Let me sum it up.

Books finished in April (links to reviews/posts):

The Undesirables Wool Omnibus (Silo #1) Children of the Different The Radium Girls

I did not enjoy The Undesirables a lot – struck me as a bland, grey tale with a slight lack of research on the Russian part of the story, and me unable to believe some of the things happening in it. Could not recommend. The Wool Omnibus I greatly recommend to anyone, as it’s one of the most amazing dystopian slash sci-fi tales I’ve read lately. Children of the Different was also a dystopian tale with a lot of potential, but ended up slightly letting me down. And of course, as you might have gathered already, The Radium Girls will always be the book I’ll recommend to absolutely everyone.

Baking Powder Wars Olga The Kite Family

Swans Are Fat Too The Fifth Season

I’ve already mentioned Baking Powder Wars, and as for Olga – well, you might remember my recent problematic post about PoC misrepresentation. The Kite Family has also not been a read I enjoyed, but at least I’m done with it! You can read the post about its weirdness here. Swans Are Fat Too I just finished yesterday, and it was an okay reader, although with a rushed and disappointing ending. The Fifth Season I have also finished recently, so the review is still in the works.

(It was so good that I’m not apprehensive about writing the review at all *hides*)

Here are some reading & challenge stats:

And for the Sunday post, I’m sharing my Blogger Shame Challenge reading plans:

How are you doing on your challenges? And did you have an awesome book haul? Share your post links in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

55 thoughts on “My Reading April (Book haul #3 & Sunday post #4)

    1. Thanks! Yeah. Digital records are easier. Also this doesn’t even have all my ARCs. So it’s all just like doodling to relax 🙂

  1. Only FIVE books… you are truly a woman of steel and I doff my cap in awed respect. You had a good reading month. I hope you loved The Fifth Season – it was probably my favourite read of last year. I enjoyed Children of the Different, but you are right in that it was left on something of a cliffhanger. Have a great reading week – and I’m STILL trying to work out how we have already got to May… My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/sunday-post-30th-april-2017/

  2. It looks like you have picked up and finished some great books.

    Quackery looks really interesting and fun. It is reminding me of some George Eliot novels that I have read over the last couple of years. She was a proponent of science and took a lot of shots at this stuff in her fiction.

    Have a great Sunday!
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    1. Yeah, exactly. Oh well, I don’t expect it to be brilliant, just enjoyable should be enough 🙂
      Also – the author of The Radium Girls has promised to send me the interview answers tomorrow! So I’m really curious.

  3. It sounds like a beautiful day where you are! I hope you have fun at the recital. It is just after noon here and I am still in my PJs. So is my daughter for that matter. We are quite the lazy bunch today, I’m afraid.

    I’ve heard good things about Attachments too, and hope you enjoy it! I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park by Rowell and keep meaning to read another of her books.

    I love your graphs! And your bullet journal page is so pretty! I should have you make one for me. Haha. Actually, I am slowly coming around to wanting to try bullet journaling. Maybe.

    I still haven’t decided on what book to read next and your mentioning Fifth Season and The Radium Girls has me considering those two as well. At this rate, I’ll never decide. I may have to bring out the big guns and let my daughter decide.

    I hope you have a great week, Evelina!
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    1. This is like my second try at bullet journaling, and I have like zero clue what I’m doing 😀 so thanks! You should try, it’s ever so relaxing.
      And yes, PJs time = best time!
      And you can make those graphs in infogr.am – it’s a nice website specifically for that 🙂

  4. You have sun? We have rain. 🙂 Attachments is one I’m meaning to read at some point, and the Wool series has me REALLY curious since I’ve heard nothing but good stuff. Nice that there’s an omnibus. I’m going to get to those!

    Enjoy the recital and have a fab day!!
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    1. Yeah, we had sun very shortly 😀 but it’s still so cold nonetheless! It’s not a very enjoyable spring I’m afraid. Thank you and you should totally read Wool 🙂

    1. Thanks! Sorry if I double reply, I have a creeping sensation that my dashboard is giving me these comments out of order 😀

    1. I know right, the cover sold it 😀 Baking Powder Wars was fine! It’s just that I can’t really recommend it 😀 I don’t regret reading it though 🙂

  5. Oh love Attachments!! I just did a relisten. Hope you enjoy it!! Great job on only 5 for the month. I haven’t been so good with that lately. Love your journal 🙂

    1. I mean… I got five in the last two days of this week 😀 so I guess April was just… special 😀 and I’m proud of it 😀 cause May is going to be… so much crazier in terms of book hauls xD

  6. Woah, this is such a brilliant post I kinda envy you for being so organized 😀 My reading stats haven’t been as awesome in April, but it IS better than the rest of the year so far so that’s something ahahah. Great haul btw, congrats on restricting yourself from buying allll the books xD

    1. Yeah, I’m a stats nerd 😀 I love wrap ups! Also. I totally broke May’s future haul xD second of May, and here I am with like… 3 books bought and like 5 or 6 requested, majority already approved… oh dear… 😀

  7. Love your stats chart and your bullet journal. I’m a huge planner girl, but I haven’t really jumped into bullet journalling yet. I don’t think my art skills are good enough! But I love yours. Well done on your book restraint this month!

    1. Bullet journaling takes dedication! I don’t feel like I’m very good either, I just tried on like… this one page 😀 however! It’s really relaxing 🙂 and you should try for that very reason.
      Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    1. It’s really really hard to get into! Hint: read the glossary. Helps immensely after you do that! That said, it still takes like 15% to get into it. So do try again, I loved it 🙂

  8. Glad to have found your blog Evelina – love the diversity in your reading. I’ve had Attachments on my wishlist for far too long, hopefully I can get to it soon. And sounds like I really should make time for Hugh Howey’s series too.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I read all over the place 🙂 you should also check out The Radium Girls. It’s just.. amazing. Thanks for visiting!

    1. Thanks Resh! I’ll try not to feel too ashamed 😀 I’m still dealing with my initial download spree on NetGalley when I just signed up last year! Didn’t know it mattered 😀

  9. Well done on only getting five books this month – I’m so impressed! Can you lend me some of your willpower? Haha!
    Quackery sounds like a fun and interesting read, I’m going to look out for a copy of this. Hope you enjoy your other books too 🙂
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  10. Oooh I really want to read the Iron Cast!! AND THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS. I’ve only hesitated because I’m terrible at historical fiction too often haha. And oh congrats on the good reading month!! *sprinkles confetti in your hair* I had a pretty intense reading month in April too which was nice…but not so many highly-rated books. I have excellent upcoming books for this month though so EXCITED.
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    1. Hey, thanks for dropping by 🙂 Iron Cast was usually like only a few bucks on the Kindle! I couldn’t not grab it. What upcoming books do you have this month? I’ve actually scheduled my review copies for once cause I figured I need to post about them BEFORE the actual release, lol 😀

  11. omg look at your gorgeous envy inducing bullet journal page. LOVE LOVE LOVE it to pieces 🙂 especially because like that awesome book “adulthood” I have start MANY and never been successful 🙂 good job at resisting temptation and getting less books. I hope you do like the Iron Cast the covers is indeed gorgeous and DIVERSE [winks]. Looking forward to your review of The Fifth Season. I’ve heard great things about it. 🙂
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    1. Aww, really? I feel like my bullet journaling skills are really first grader level 😀 it’s like my second try lol… thanks!

  12. Your bullet journaling is so cute! I have never really gotten into it. I’m not a creative-type visually (I’m more into music), so it intimidates me. Plus, I love my digital lists. I just don’t like carrying around a purse if I can avoid it, and otherwise I’d never remember to do anything on my lists since they’d never be around me.

    I CAN”T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU THINK OF THE FIFTH SEASON. That’s one my upcoming reviews. I am so curious to see what you think. And kudos on only acquiring a single digit worth of books! That’s something I’ve been struggling with too. Attachments is on my TBR, so perhaps we can buddy read it?!
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    1. Haha yeah, I would never carry it around either 😀 I use digital lists for almost everything life-related, it would just be such a waste of time otherwise, especially when I live in two households (half the week at mom’s, half the week at boyfriend’s) so dragging it around would totally suck. These are just for the books.. sort of relaxing to doodle, make myself slow down. I used to draw a lot up till late teenage years. I used to be good at drawing. I did music later too (god I wish I had time for piano now…). But those doodles have been a conscious effort to rekindle that. Glad you like them 🙂 I’m a lot more self-critical than that 😀 (you are talking to a person who started learning piano from scratch by teaching herself Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 9 no 2 without any ability of reading sheet music.. but through sheet music. Yes. I am crazy.)

      (I totally learned it to. And proceeded to learn something much, much worse. I need help :D)

      (Gosh I wish I had time for piano again.)

      Digressions! Anyway. Yeah, The Fifth Season was great! I’ll need to review it soon, totally running out of reviews now. And yeah! We can totally buddy read Attachments! When do you have time in your reading schedule?

  13. I usually get a lot of books each week, but I am trying to do better and get fewer new books so I can get caught up on my current ones first. You did really well this month with only 5 new books! Sounds like you had a good reading month as well. Good luck with your Blogger Shame challenge!
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