Monthly Review

Monthly Review: April 2017

I’ve been on such a reading spree this month it’s been awesome. For a while it had slowed down to a crawl in the middle of the month as I ran into a few that I could barely get through. I carried on since they were NetGalley acquisitions, I finished one so I could write a proper review for the publisher that provided it. Still working on the other, but it’ll take some time. Such a shame too, as I’ve been on a relatively lucky streak with the ARCs I’ve read so far. All things considered though, most of what I’ve read this month has actually been quite good and I’ve written so many new reviews that I decided to post an extra review for my middle of the month spot.

Near the end of this month I decided to go on ahead and up my posting schedule. I’ve been reading and writing reviews much faster than I can post them. I also have a boat load of old reviews that I’ve been re-writing. I’d also like to eventually start on some articles or fun top five lists as well. So from here on out additional posts will be up every Wednesday. 🙂


This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews





What I’ve Read

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆


Book Haul

Goodreads First Reads

Kindle First

NetGalley




Purchased




Samsung for Kindle

SO many sales this month! I can’t even begin to tell you all, there were so many books that I have had my eye on for ages that I just got such good deals on. First I decided to give in and try out Thrift Books for some sweet discounts on used books by my favorite authors (Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, and Toni Morrison). Then there were all the ebook deals on some titles I’ve been dying to read. Near the end of the month when I had told myself, “Okay, I’m done buying books for a while” then here comes a Brandon Sanderson HumbleBundle. Cheap books for charity? Brandon Sanderson!? How could I say no to that!?!?


Around The Web

• 25 Books Becoming Movies this Year (Elle)
• Gnooks
• 36 Gripping True Crime Books from the Last 55 Years (The Line Up)
• Best Summer Books 2017 (Publishers Weekly)
• Here Are The Winners Of The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes (NPR)
• Movie Tie-In Covers That Don’t Suck (Book Riot)
• ‘She’s a thief who steals others’ hard-won words’ – Eilis O’Hanlon on the plagiarist who stole her novel (Independent.ie)
• The Accusation Is the First Internationally-Released Fiction Book by an Author Still Living in North Korea. You Should Read It. (Paste Magazine)


Reading Next Month


My Life

Not much out of the ordinary has happened. I’ve been keeping busy with the kids and doing some writing, both for the blog and myself. I’ve been feeling a little bit like a hermit lately and been a lot less social with friends. It’s not that there’s anything bad going on, I think I just need my social batteries to recharge (hah).

I did want to take some time to talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve been thrilled at the attention the book has gotten in recent months between the tv adaptation from Hulu and the women’s rights marches all over the world. It’s one of the books that I still haven’t sat down to write a review about because I just can’t find the words to describe the way it made me feel. Every time I try it usually just devolves into incoherent babbling about how incredible the book is, hardly passable for a proper review.

What I will say though is that the book is one of the most important pieces of literature ever written (to me anyway). It is a reminder to always be aware, to preserve my autonomy, and to fight for the things that matter. I was anxious about the tv adaptation, how faithfully it would stay with the spirit and the message of the book. I write this now after finishing the three episode premiere on Hulu and I’m both relieved and thrilled to see where this series goes. For fans of Atwood and of the book in particular, definitely check it out, it’s worth a watch.


Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

4 Comments

  1. Emma

    I always feel guilty when I struggle to finish an ARC but then that happens with books in life too so why it should be different with review copies I’m not sure. I’m a big fan of Atwood myself but have decided not to watch The Handmaids Tale as I love the book so much.

    1. Jamie

      I think for me, I feel more pressured to finish reading ARCs for the sake writing a proper review to submit to the publishers that provide them. If it was a book I bought myself I wouldn’t mind so much just putting it back on the shelf if it starts to drag my mood down.

      As for Handmaid’s Tale, I was really worried about the adaptation because it’s my favorite book! Especially after watching the horrendous movie adaptation that came out in the 90s I was feeling really anxious about the TV show. So far though I’ve been really pleased with the way it came out, Margaret Atwood even makes a cameo in the first episode as one of the aunts! It is really emotional though, I found myself crying a lot watching the show.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment! 🙂

  2. Nise'

    Lots of Netgalley goodies. Going to check out your 5 star reads.

  3. Litha Nelle

    Haha.. I made you buy the Humble Bundle. 😉 Really, though, I think the first Legion novella was one of the highlights of my April, though you wouldn’t guess it given the three star rating. I’m glad you found a lot of good reads- maybe your amazing book luck will rub off on me? One can only hope!
    ~Litha Nelle

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