What’s up, April?

– What Happened

Well, for once it didn’t feel like the weeks flew by! March seemed to go on and on, and perhaps it did since I got some decent reading done and checked off all of my monthly goals: read an ARC, a self-published book, a book off my shelf, and read a book without reviewing it.

I’m yet to write my review for The Sword in the Street by C. M. Caplan, a self-published low fantasy book featuring some pretty smashing swordsmanship. I also haven’t reviewed Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley, a short, trippy novel that is difficult to describe. I recommend checking out Night’s brilliant post if you’re curious about this title!

I also got to read The Place Below, the final instalment in The Maer Cycle, Dan Fitzgerald’s heart-warming fantasy series. I can’t recommend this trilogy enough!

In a rare example of effective time management, I read my ARC of The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes ahead of its release in April. This sci-fi story was an absolutely blast, so I’m pretty pumped that the second book will be out this August!

I was able to return to my pre-blogging TBR for the first time in about 9 months, and decided to dive into The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson which I’ve been wanting to read for years. While it’s not exactly what I expected, I’m really enjoying it so far. Badass accountancy FTW!

– The Damage

Hilariously, there was a point a couple of weeks ago when I thought March would be the first month in a long time that I haven’t bought any books. Then I was tempted by bookstagram to get myself a copy of Dragon Mage by M L Spencer. I also landed a new job and decided to celebrate by buying the stunning FairyLoot edition of Daevabad. Then I kinda got carried away with special and signed editions…

Ebook Purchases

Physical Books and Pre-Orders

I supported Dyrk Ashton’s Kickstarter for War of the Gods which will complete my hardcover set of this series, including a fancy slipcase. I also had no choice but to pick up limited editions of The Bone Ships and Master of Sorrows, since the sequels for both go on pre-sale next month. Master of Sorrows contains a secret message written by the author in invisible ink, so I’ll have to buy myself a UV torch too!

From there I definitely lost the plot (book pun, hah!) and bought hardcovers of the first two instalments in The Founders Trilogy and a signed copy of The Last House on Needless Street entirely on a whim. I also couldn’t resist jumping aboard the Aurora Cycle train having seen the cover of the upcoming third instalment (check it out below)!

At that point I took a breath, checked my credit card balance, and decided that no I do NOT need to own the Goldsboro edition Aurora books just to make a book rainbow. At least, not this month.

– What’s Gonna Happen –

I’m pretty up to date with my reading at the moment, so I’m going to binge the rest of The Masquerade before getting to my May ARCs. For my self-published monthly pick, I’d say I’ll be grabbing a copy of Lore and Lust: The Vanishing if I have time to re-read the first book. It’s looking like a mighty fine month!

What have you been reading?

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7 thoughts on “What’s up, April?

  1. Them’s some sexy-looking book covers for what you’ve got coming up. I’ve not read any of the Baru Cormorant books (despite them sounding like everything I would ever want from a fantasy story) but I do loooove the covers 🥰 Big fan of the cover of the new Dyrk Ashton book too. I’ve seen his name around but I’m not actually familiar with his stuff. I’m now very tempted to investigate… 🔍

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  2. I actually thought of messaging you about Baru – it definitely seems up your alley! It started really strong, though I’m in a bit of a lull about half way through. And yeah, it’s probably my favourite book cover ever! The UK rebrand is.. different haha.

    I haven’t read Paternus yet but it gets crazy good reviews so I didn’t want to miss out on the hardcovers!

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