Wrap-up: April 2017

May 4, 2017 Wrap-up 4

How is it the end of April already? Actually I completely missed it, and it’s already well into May. Oops!

Uni has been kicking me hard the last month, but I’m pleased to say that I did my presentation about Fan fiction and Copyright Law, so I may write up an article about it sooner or later, since I have a lot of information about it now. Stay tuned for that one!

I read only one book: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and I LOVED it. I listened to some of Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire and Bill Bryson’s Down Under, very different audio books but still interesting. I haven’t finished either of those yet, though. I read some fan fiction here and there, but mostly I’ve been in a huge reading slump and I’m only just coming out of it now that uni has calmed down a little.

We did still record a podcast episode, though! Philippa and I reviewed Strange the Dreamer in the 53nd episode of our podcast, and also talked about our different opinions on Beauty and the Beast. Philly also tried to convince me to watch 13 Reasons Why. Please, let us know what you think!

I hope your April was a great month for reading! Have an awesome May.

Coming in May

Bout of Books Read-a-thon is on again, starting next week, Monday 8 May! Come and join in the fun 🙂

April Reviews

Podcast episodes


Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

4 Responses to “Wrap-up: April 2017”

  1. Tracy Cornelius

    I’d love to read more info about your FanFiction/Copywright law presentation and research, that sounds really interesting.

    I set myself up for a good old reading slump by rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses in March and then A Court of Mist and Fury too early in the month. Then I didn’t know what to do with the time between ACOMAF and the ACOWAR release, luckily my copy of ACOWAR came in early so it wasn’t too tortuous! Here’s my bookish April…

    -Shadow of Night (Book 2 in All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness – Audiobook listen and I am a big fan of Jennifer Ikeda as narrator. This series is good, but a bit slow at times.

    -A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (this was the first time I’ve reread this book and it was beautiful to experience it again for the first time. I tried to gather all of SJM’s playlist info on the books and listen while I read but I found it distracting. And I’m not much of a music person so I think that bits of songs that totally inspired her didn’t invoke the same feelings in me. Abandoned the playlist ship about halfway through.)

    *cue 30 minutes of feeling completely and utterly lost as I flail around and don’t know what to do with myself after finishing ACOMAF in 2 days*

    -Court of Mist and Fury (The solution was to flip back to page one and read it all again. Loved it just as much and tore through it quickly, once again.)

    *cue more aimless wandering around while I figure out what to do with my broken bookish heart*

    -Court of Mist and Fury – Downloaded the audio version since I heard they were pretty awesome. Listened to it every spare minute I could. Realized near the end that it was also done by Jennifer Ikeda, weird.

    *became worried that if I delved into ACOMAF one more time, it might get old and I wasn’t willing to do that to myself*

    -Envy of Angels (Book 1 in the Sin du Jour series) by Matt Wallace – A very small, fun and quirky read that I zipped through. The characters were very entertaining and it made me laugh out loud at the ridiculous things that go on in it.

    -Paper Princess (Book 1 in The Royals sereis) by Erin Watt – I’ve seen this book floating around the internet and have really wanted to read it. I go about 20 pages in to 6 or 7 books that weren’t clicking for me (totally blame ACOMAF) before picking up this lovely that hooked me right away. Couldn’t put it down for a second but have no idea why I loved it so much. It reminds me of the way The Selection series were a total guilty pleasure. Complete and utter adoration, couldn’t get enough of them, have no idea why.

    -A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – My copy came in two whole weeks early and I had a reading day with my friend at my house. Food, wine, 2 girls cuddled up on a massive couch with blankets and book. I don’t even know what to say about this book and I won’t say much because of spoilers. I’m still figuring out my feelings about it and after going to the book signing on May 2nd, Sarah J Maas revealed some things that make me feel much better.

    -By the Hour (Book 2 in the Pleasure Principle series) by Roni Loren- Roni is my absolutely favorite of all time romance and smut writer. She has a way with words and makes you fall instantly in love with her characters. Her pacing is so well done and the stories are perfect. I had been waiting for this one for awhile and it made me realize there is life to live again after finishing ACOWAR.

    I also got one of my coworker and best friends to read ACOTAR and she got hooked instantly. So for most of April I was coaching her through her ups and downs and we got together for book talks to discuss her feels, theories about ACOWAR and general fan girling over ACOMAF. It was the best. It was like a book club for two based on our favorite novel. And then we got our other friend into it who fell hard and fast. Now I’m pushing them both into Throne of Glass, which I will reread with them. They have to both be completely caught up by September when Tower of Dawn comes out so we can all enjoy and then suffer together, at the same time, until the final book comes out. Because this girl’s misery sure loves some company! 🙂

    May is SUCH an exciting book time, there are a million things being released. I anticipate some magical bookish moments and hope you have many too!

    • Anni

      Amazingly epic round up, thanks Tracy <3 My god, you read a lot of ACOMAF this month, haha! It is a gorgeous book, isn't it? I've just started ACOWAR so I'll keep you posted 😉
      Aah, I love that Deborah Harkness series! I have the third book on my shelf that I've never got to - must do that.
      I hope your May is as epic as your April was!

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