So April was a lot more stressful than I thought it would be. You would think no deadlines = no stress, but apparently it doesn’t work like that. I read a total of four books, which is one less than I was planning to but three of them were five star reads so I’m not really complaining. I also went to my first book signing, and tried and failed at CampNaNoWriMo but we don’t need to talk about that.
I spent some time at the beginning of the month changing my blog design, which you may or may not have noticed. Mostly, I just changed the colour scheme but I’m still not completely happy with it. I just don’t think it reflects the blogger or the content so I guess it’s still a work in progress. Since I have exams until the end of May, I haven’t set myself many goals for the month. The plan is to read whatever I feel like reading, instead of making a list like I usually do. I’m feeling both relieved and nervous about wrapping up my second year at university, but I’m definitely excited for what lies ahead.
May is the holy month of book releases. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea since it’s the peak of exam period, but at the same time it’s definitely somewhat motivating because you have all these wonderful books to buy once you’ve reached the end, whether that be as a reward or a coping method for your sorrows. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that difficult to decide on just three books since I have been anticipating two of them since the beginning of the year.
GIRL OUT OF WATER BY LAURA SILVERMAN
May 2nd 2017
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.
Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?
THE LOVE INTEREST BY CALE DIETRICH
May 16th 2017
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
FLAME IN THE MIST BY RENEE AHDIEH
May 18th 2017
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.