March Wrap Up + April TBR

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Introduction

I finally feel like it’s time to accept that there wasn’t much of a winter where I live and that it’s been spring for a while now. With just a little over a month left of school, I have a lot of final class assignments and projects on my agenda. I also will begin my moving process at the end of April and into early May, but that doesn’t mean I plan to neglect my blog, reading progress, or writing routine! As it’s been such a long time, I’ve decided to do a monthly wrap up and TBR today as I want to begin recording my reading progress again.

March Wrap Up

I was surprised to look at my Goodreads shelf and find that I finished six books this month! It all happened in a relatively short amount of time. Another thing I realized is that March was primarily a month of rereads as The Amulet of Samarkand, Persepolis, and The Winner’s Curse were all rereads!

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If I learned anything by rereading three books this month, it is the affirmation that books that strike a chord with you are ones that come into your life at the right time, or vice versa. I found that my opinions had changed on all these books, most funnily my opinion about Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse. Having read The Winner’s Crime, I was able to appreciate more of the things she did in this book and be less critical of her overall. (But that ending still hurt as much the second time, I must say!)

The new books I read this month were the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. What a whirlwind these books are. I read them all back-to-back over the beginning weekend of spring break. I was addicted to the story and the characters, which did confuse me to be honest. These books are very risqué and I advise caution to anyone who is thinking about reading them, because I went in a little blind and was shocked to say the least! The writing was not spectacular (we are “told” a lot, but not “shown”) but the plotting and characters were excellent. I was not thrilled by the ending though, it felt cut off a little too swiftly.

April 2016 TBR

This April I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, so I do not expect to read much more than I did in March. But I have a good idea of some of the books I’m itching to read right now. I want to be able to finish rereading The Winner’s Crime before The Winner’s Kiss gets here so I can read it the moment it arrives! I also want to try to read several books that I picked up from the library earlier this week, including: Truthwitch, The Wrath and the Dawn, The Weight of Feathers, The Accidental Highwayman, and A Thousand Nights. I don’t expect to read all these books, but I would like to be surprised and find myself liking them all!

As it will be a busy month, I’ll be really pleased with myself if I read at least four books. That’s my goal.

End Note

This month I also recorded a new introduction video for my YouTube channel and I’m hoping to upload a lot more over April so I encourage you to head over there and subscribe if that sounds like something you are interested in! I would like to do a lot of my Camp NaNoWriMo updates over there, so that be important to note if you’re here primarily for my writing posts. I also expect to post a lot more here on Ink Keys & Other Things over the rest of April so stay tuned for more information on a blog schedule, etc.!

In the comments, let me know how your reading has gone this month. Also let me know if you’ve read any of the books mentioned and which you might strongly be in favor of me reading!

Thank you for reading!
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