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April/May Wrap-Up (And a look at those months as a whole)

Back in April I made an April/May TBR here on InsideaDog: https://otaku.insideadog.com.au/april-may-tbr/

I wanted to reflect on that as a TBR and also talk about what I ACTUALLY read for those two months.

Originally I set 20 novels as my target for 2 months, which isn’t particularly high but isn’t exceptionally low either. Of those 20 books I read…3. That was a pretty poor effort on my behalf, but as a lover of writing lists just for the sake of lists, that was bound to happen.
Those three books that I succeeded in reading were:
– Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (4.5 Stars)
– Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (3 Stars)
– Love-Shy by Lili Wilkinson (3.5 Stars)

My overall stats for those two months were 13 novels and 20 manga. Again, a bit of a poor effort in my original goal set.
I’m not gonna lie, those two months have been SUPER busy filled with 2000-word papers, exams, assignments, performances and more, so they were definitely jam-packed full of stuff. Anywho…you’re not that interested in that stuff, so lets get to the rest of the books finished!
Alongside the three I mentioned before, I read:

– Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (1 Star)
– # Famous by Jilly Gagnon (5 Stars)
– Jump (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams (4.5 Stars)
– Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (4.5 Stars)
– Yellow by Megan Jacobson (3 Stars)
– All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor (4 Stars)
– The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (3.5 Stars)
– Whisper (Whisper #1) by Lynette Noni (4.5 Stars)
– Bonjour Girl by Isabelle LaFleche (2.5 Stars)
– The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs (4.5 Stars)
– Anonymous Noise Manga Volumes 1-5 (4 Stars)
– Slamdunk Manga (re-read) Volumes 1-12 (5 Stars)
– Crimson Hero Manga Volumes 1-3 (4 Stars)

As you can see from those ratings, the contemporary YA reads and manga are clearly my favourite as a general rule, but I did also read a little bit out of my comfort zone too! I read two thrillers which really surprised me (The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan and All of This is True), and also read a science fiction novel which also was a pleasant surprise (Jump)!
Unfortunately, I think I found one of my least favourite novels of the year in my first read, ‘Love, Hate and Other Filters’, which I may do a discussion post on at some point because I have a lot to say about it *face flushes angrily in preparation*

ANYWAYS, what are your thoughts on these books? And what books did you guys read in these two months?

3 comments

nightsky

Nice list! It's annoying when you don't like a book isn't it, because I always feel obliged to finish it but it's soooo haaard....

4th Jun, 18
otaku

Thanks!!!
Yeah it’s hard to get past that obligation. I have to admit sometimes I finish a book I don’t like once I’ve already gone to so much effort to get through it, just because I feel like I have to have full evidence to support why I don’t like it. I’m not raring to start an argument, but sometimes people like to tell me why I’m wrong about disliking a book so I feel like I need the whole book as evidence ?

5th Jun, 18
nightsky

In reply to otaku

Haha yeah that's very true. I try my best to finish everything I start, but every now and then I just can't and then I feel so guilty ;) Good job on your motivation though!!

7th Jun, 18