1.     Legend – Marie Lu — ★★★
  2.     The Deepest Night – Shana Abe (eARC) — ★★★★★
  3.     The Collector – Victoria Scott (eARC) — ★★★★
  4.     Requiem – Lauren Oliver — ★★★
  5.     Scarlet – Marissa Meyer — ★★★★
  6.     What Really Happened in Peru – Cassandra Clare — ★★★
  7.     The Memory of After – Lenore Appelhans — ★★★
  8.     Half-Blood – Jennifer L. Armentrout — ★★★★
  9.     Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout — ★★★
  10.   Onyx – Jennifer L. Armentrout — ★★★★
  11.   Golden – Jessi Kirby — ★★★★★
ELEVEN BOOKS THIS MONTH HOLY CRAP. And that’s with a DNF thrown in (sorry Perception, but after 30% and I still don’t feel anything for you? Into the pile you go…) 
I’m not even sure HOW I read so many… I guess a lot of my TV shows took a break and then I just got so into reading that when the TV shows came back I put them off… (that and The Vampire Diaries is boring me SO much this season). So I read and read and read. AND I was good about not buying any new releases. I did manage to grab a lot of sales, and I treated myself to the J. Armentrout books for my birthday. 
Thanks to the sales I was able to start and catch up on some of the more popular series. Legend, Lunar Chronicles, and Delirium… all very popular and yet they fell kinda flat for me. So I’m glad that I didn’t spend much on them.
As I already blogged before, I LOVED HALF-BLOOD (hence the image!) and I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series in paperback when I go to the USA later this week. I also somehow got addicted to the LUX novels despite the first one reminding me a lot of a certain book that shall not be named… 
I throughly enjoyed THE COLLECTOR and wrote a huge review on goodreads, so click on the link to check that out if you like bad boys with hearts of gold. For the dragon fans, check out Abe’s YA dragon series. I read the 2nd book in that and was just in love with the simple beauty of everything.
My biggest disappointment was THE BANE CHRONICLES. HUGE HUGE HUGE Mortal Instruments  Infernal Devices fan here. I adore Magnus. And was so excited for this series. I was disappointed with 40 pages of blah for 2.99 though. This was not the story of Magnus I was looking for! I’m going to give the next one a shot to see if my mind changes, and if not, I’m going to wait and buy the whole thing when it’s finished.
Annnnnnd~ My favorite this month was GOLDEN. I’m so glad that I got a copy of that (and y’all MUST READ IT ASAP!). Scroll down for my full review. 
So that’s my April book round-up! Also, as I’m sure most of you have noticed, I’ve started to convert this blog into a book review blog! I don’t know why but I suddenly became interested in blogging again and really wanted to update and share my reviews and recommendations. For those of you who don’t know, I used to blog about life in Japan/ fashion, but quit that blog in lieu of this blog which… I never updated since my life in rural Japan is pretty boring. The most exciting thing I do is read… so here we are. 
ALSO, I used to work at Borders Bookstores (back before I came here for school and then in between finishing school and finding a job and moving back to Japan) and I loved it and miss it. I was the Young Adult section expert, which I’m sure is reflected in my reading habits. I really miss working in a bookstore (and I used to actually face/ straighten books when I would go to Kinokuniya in Shinjuku… shhhh, don’t tell) and getting excited about new releases and awesome books. So that’s part of what led to this…
I don’t have any great ambitions for this blog (like I did with my last one) so don’t expect me to become the ultimate book blogger or anything. I’m probably going to be super random and do whatever I want but… that’s why I moved to this blog in the first place. So far I’m having fun and don’t feel any pressure (like I did with my last blog). 
Now I’m off to the USA for a week! Have to leave early tomorrow morning and I plan on buying a million books while I’m there! I also get to pick up some of my contest winnings (which my mother has been keeping for me and reading in the meantime)

6 thoughts on “Eleven

  1. wanderherz (@_wanderherz_)

    woah 11 books! good job! 🙂
    I’m sure you’ll love the Covenant series by J.Armentrout and I can’t wait for you to read them and hear your opinion!

    yeah TVD is a little bit of a let down the last few weeks. Season 4 had some really good episodes but the last few episodes were meh. Did you see the last week’s episode? I was snoring through it. I was excited that there was a lot of Klaus in it (yes he’s my fav 😀 ) but the episode felt so misplaced…a completely new storyline out of nowhere… . But oh well, I try to catch up on Nikita (I’m still at S4E16) and you were right…it’s getting awesome!!

    Although I absolutely loved your Japan/Fashion blog in the past, I’m SO excited for your new project! I hope you’ll never get bored or pressured of reviewing books. Oh btw, I’ll definetly check out Golden!

    I wish you a safe trip to America and all the fun in the world!
    Stay safe!

    1. river Post author

      Thanks! I can’t believe how much I read. I was kinda trying to get ahead cuz idk how much I can read on vaca, lol.

      I’ve always loved Elena, and Ive really come to dislike her this season… I want her to go back to normal and be with Stefan, lol. I used to be so into that show but idk, it doesn’t wow me with this recent season. I haven’t seen the latest ep, but did you know it was actually the pilot episode for the news Originals spin off? That’s prob why it was so out of nowhere, lol.

      Omg I can’t wait until you catch up with Nikita! It’s getting so insanely good. Like, I can’t even comprehend it!

      Yeah, I really hated how my last blog ended up making me feel, and I don’t miss it at all. I’ve always loved talking about books tho, so I think as long as I don’t let this blog control me then I’ll be able to keep it up.

      Thank you! I can’t wait for the flying part to be over tho… Lol!

  2. Shannon @ Twilight Sleep

    WOW!!! 11 books in 1 month is pretty freaking impressive. I’m so totally jealous right now. *weeps*

    I’ll definitely have to check out Golden. As for the book blogging thing – you just do what makes you happy, that’s the most important thing! That’s like me with my blog…I don’t have the time or energy to turn it into what some book bloggers have done, but I’m not going to let that get me down. I’ll read when I can, post when I can, and just try to remember that I’m doing it because I love it, not because I need people to validate it. *nod*

    1. river Post author

      I think part of the reason I read so much is because I was stressing about my trip to the USA. Every time I make that flight I do something crazy… like once I watched a ton of anime and didn’t sleep for two days and another time I watched ALL five seasons of Futurama ^^;;; Travel makes me crazy!!!

      Golden was so amazing. I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

      Yay! I’m so glad that I have people like you to encourage me and keep me grounded. It’s really fun to have someone else who’s going through the same experience. I def. don’t have the time or motivation to do what some book bloggers have done… but yeah~ as long as we’re having fun that’s what REALLY matters. Last time I blogged I just got SO caught up in trying to ‘make it’ that I lost all motivation and my blog took a huge nosedive. But this… this is FUN!

  3. Regenia Jesko

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

    1. river Post author

      I’m not sure what the problem is… they seem to be working fine for everyone and they work on my iPad… all of my photos are hosted on wordpress… so maybe it’s your connection? Sorry 😦


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