Happy April! I’m not going to deny I’m feeling smug that my monthly update can actually post on the 1st of the month, and still stick to my normal schedule. It’s the simple things in life, right? But as it is that time of month again, time to see what was on my bookshelf in March.
After Feb being such a write-off, March has been a lot of self-reflection. My hope is that April will see me putting some of those thoughts into action across all different elements of my life.
I have strong blog intentions this month. It’s been frustrating me lately that I can’t seem to grow on any platform, so it’s time to turn things up a gear. I’ve been pouring back over the guides and resources I’ve been using to give myself a fresh outlook.
I’ve just introduced a mailing list, which is scary but exciting. After seeing my Pinterest crash, then mess it up further by accidentally deleting the wrong thing, I want to spend time figuring out this platform again. I also plan on changing up some graphics to give me more of a brand feeling for Twitter.
Honestly, I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been stuck for a while, but kept trying to do the same thing, so I’m excited to see what these changes will mean.
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March’s Reading: 4 books
Year to Date: 13 out of 60 (1 behind)
Considering I’ve got my reading buzz back, I’m currently one behind on my reading challenge (at time of writing). I only got four books read in March which, to be honest, I’m disappointed about.
The Paris Library by Janet Skesien Charles
Plot: Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.
Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.
A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.
Thoughts: This has been on my reading list for a year before I finally got to it. I loved this book: heart-felt and moving, with great characters and relationships. Having the central plot set in a library also won me over. A review is coming, but I definitely recommend this one!
To Kill a Fae by Jamie A. Waters
Plot: The darkness holds more than just secrets…
Marked for death, Sabine escaped from her home more than ten years ago. But the Wild Hunt will never give up.
It should have been easy to stay hidden. All Sabine had to do was keep her head down, avoid telling anyone about her past, and above all else — not let her glamour drop.
Even the best-laid plans eventually fall apart.
When a charismatic stranger arrives in the city, Sabine finds herself unwittingly drawn to him and the power she can sense hidden within him. Keeping her distance is nearly impossible, especially after a life debt is called due and she’s tasked into helping steal a rare artifact.
Sabine is the only one who can break the magical barriers protecting the item, but that means revealing the truth about her identity and exposing her darkest secrets.
Unfortunately, the Fae aren’t the only ones hunting her. And the most dangerous monsters aren’t always confined to the dark.
Thoughts: Another long overdue ARC. This had potential and was ultimately enjoyable. But there’s elements I’ve explored in my review that gave me pause and it missed the mark in a couple of places. Still, I loved the number of magical creatures involved and the power (and egos) being flung about.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Plot: One boy… One dragon… A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
Thoughts: I have no defence. I really don’t. Only, it’s been about five years since I’ve read the series and it was long overdue a re-read? These books have always been inspirational for me, and I’m hoping for a writing burst, so what can I say? Needs must and all that.
The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Plot: Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for?
When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, where he clashes with mysterious agents of an unknown power who may or may not be human. And Julian’s only clue is some grainy footage – showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.
Khan’s extradimensional research was purely theoretical, until she found cracks between our world and countless others. Parallel Earths where monsters live. These cracks are getting wider every day, so who knows what might creep through? Or what will happen when those walls finally come crashing down…
Thoughts: I’ve wanted to explore Tchaivosky for ages and was lucky to receive this from the publisher. A full review will be up later in the month but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a lot to get your head around but the characters were fantastic and I liked the entire premise.
What have you been reading this month? Let me know in the comments below!
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I’ve had my eye on the paris library too! I love wartime fiction and especially wartime fiction set in Paris so it definitely sounds like my sort of thing!!
I love that feel good feeling of knowing that you completed what you wanted to complete in the time set. So congrats on that!
Lots of fantasy this month and some romance in The Paris Library. A great read!
I love that feel-good-feeling when you’ve accomplished that which you’d set out to do. So congrats on achieving your post on the 1st of the month!
Lots of fantasy this month and some romance in The Paris Library. A good read!
Thanks for the roundup, I can’t quite believe that we’re in April already!
I’ve added The Doors Of Eden to my basket online!
I really hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it!
So great to hear that you have big blogging intentions this month! Thank you for sharing your ideas here, I look forward to seeing what comes in April x
Great reading list! The paris library sounds like a great read, must shamefully say that even if I had Eragorn in my TBR for years, I never got around to read it, so hopefully soon! Really hope that this month will be great for you x
I hope you manage to meet all your goals for next month. 4 books is not bad at all and it looks like you read some good ones! I read Eragon a while ago and I bought the whole series but have not gotten around to reading any of the others yet!
Congratulations for this post, I really enjoyed
Thanks for sharing
The Paris Library sounds like a book I’d enjoy! You’ve read so many book in March, I usually don’t have that much time to sit and read but I do enjoy a good book!
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All your books read sounds like interesting reads! The Paris Library is on my TBR. I had a lower than normal book month as well . Happy Easter and here’s to a great April of reading!
Hi Lindsey, migraines have plagued me this month so I’ve swapped to audiobooks!
Spring is a great time to invigorate things, so I hope your new burst of activity puts you back on track with your goals – both blogging and reading. 😘
I really enjoyed reading these round up posts. The Paris Library sounds amazing. I’ve heard a few people talk about it.
It’s always fun to have a look back at what I’ve been reading. Definitely recommend The Paris Library, it was such a heart-felt book.
I’m really glad you’re feeling so positive and motivated moving into April! I’m sorry to hear you’ve felt a bit stuck recently – we all go through those phases! Here’s to a wonderful April for you xxx
And to you too, lovely!!
I read Eragon long time ago. It’s a good one. I love the movie too.
These books all sound really intriguing! I’ve had my eye on The Paris Library for a while!
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I definitely recommend The Paris Library, it’s a lovely read.
We love your self-reflection portion. Blogging can be so frustrating at times. We had a similar problem with Pinterest when the algorithm changed. We hope April is a great month for you!
My pinterest has crashed and burnt so much, I’ve lost over 80k impressions since the recent changes and really struggling to get it to stabilise, which has been so frustrating. I hope it’s settled for you. Thank you – you too!
Unfortunately not yet. We used to get 200k impressions a months and we’ve been getting about 20-30k.
Intriguing picks. You must have had fun March reading all these 🙂 I’ve always liked Eragon but if I had to pick one from the list, Tchaikovsky’s book seems just perfect for my reading mood these days. Thanks for sharing.
Ooh yes lots of fun! I hope you get the chance to pick up Tchaikovsky, it was a really enjoyable read!
I’ve just subscribed to your mailing list! I think it’s awesome that you’ve introduced that and I really hope it goes well for you. It can be really fun to put out newsletters – I know I enjoy creating my own 🙂 It’s awesome to hear that you enjoyed The Paris Library because that’s on my list, and I definitely want to read Eragon in the future too (I’m way behind on that one).
Ahhhh you’re my first person!!! 😱 now let’s hope I’ve set it up right aha! I really hope you enjoy The Paris Library when you get to it!
It sounds like you had a really great month! I really like the sound of the Paris library – it’s also been so long since I’ve read eragon but it’s such a good book!?
It’s such a good book! I think it’s been a record that it’s been about three years since I last read it, it’s always at the top of my re-read pile, aha. The Paris Library is a really lovely read, definitely recommend.
Good luck with all of your blogging plans! Sometimes a little reset can do wonders. I’m hoping to give Pinterest a go again this month too. And I fully relate to the little feeling of joy when a post like this can go up on the perfect day, I get the same feeling when my monthly favourites can go up on the last day of the month. I love the sound of The Paris Library! x
It’s the small things in life that are just satisfying, isn’t it? I’m really hoping it works as this month is going a bit crazy so far. It’s a really good read, I recommend it for sure.
Hope you have a great April! The Paris Library sounds really interesting, I’m looking forward to reading your review!
It was a really delightful read which I definitely recommend. Thank you – you too!
I’ve been meaning to check out a few of these but didn’t know where to start, I’m glad to have found them in your read list and to see your opinions on them!
Aww yay that’s great then. I hope you enjoy whatever you get the chance to read!
All these books sound so good, especially the Paris library! You are absolutely smashing your reading challenge, one behind is not bad at all! You got this!
Ahh thank you lovely – I’m hoping to get back on track soon as I’m trying to up my reading a bit. Definitely recommend the Paris Library, it’s a lovely book.
Sounds like you’ve got some big blog-related plans lined up this month, very exciting!
I’m looking forward to your review of The Doors of Eden as I have Children of Time but haven’t gotten around to it yet. 🙂
Hope you have a great month! 🙂
Now just to see if I can carry them off! Ah thank you – this was the first of his books that I read and I really enjoyed it. You too!
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