April TBR

Well it’s almost April, holy where has the time done!! I have been researching some books that I want to read this coming month.  My TBR kept growing and growing so I thought I would do a short version for April then will post a larger TBR for the spring.  As for April I am pretty excited to delve into a few different genres that I may not have looked at before.  Some of these are friend recommendations!!

  1.  First off is the Dark Tower and the Drawing of the Three- second book in the Dark Tower Series.  I am a huge Stephen King fan and after reading the first book Gunslinger I was hooked.  These books are not your typical King eerie horror books.  It follows Roland the last of a dying breed of gunslingers in his search for the elusive Dark Tower and the fight against evil!   The second book already starts off with mysterious creepy crawlies and formidable death!  Looking forward to seeing what Roland has to face in his seemingly never ending journey.
  2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- second book in the Lunar chronicles.  After reading Cinder I was enthralled by the new take on the old fairy tales.   Marissa is so unique in the take on these famous tales that I was instantly drawn into the story and perils of this new world.  The incorporation of technology into the characters, literally, was ingenious.  Scarlet is a retelling of the little re riding hood. Scarlet seems to have lost her grandmother and ensues on a journey to find her,   I look forward to seeing how Cinder in intertwined in this story as we have just left her in a prison fighter for her life.
  3. Vanishing Act by Jodi Picoult. I have never read a book by Picoult – I know how could I have not ?  She comes highly recommended from the girls I work with, all avid readers as well.   This books seems interesting as it explores life and what would happen if what we knew life was got turned upside down.   How would the people we love react?  Very cool concept and I can’t wait to read a new author.
  4. Sleep by Nino Ricci.  This is also a book that I never would have picked up for myself.   It seems delves into the realm of insomnia/ sleep issues.  This is an issue I am well aware of.  I have always has trouble sleeping as I am a shift worker.   It looks like the main character has some neurological issues to accompany this.  He tries to compensate by taking pills and gets addicted to high he gets from risk taking.   Not sure how I am going to find this book but interested to see where it takes me

If anyone has any other suggestions or has read any of these books or books by these authors feel free to leave a comment.  I am always looking for books that are not my ‘typical’ reads so I am excited that I may expand my reading repertoire.



Series\Trilogies I want to read

Series and trilogies are amazing ways to get to know and grow with amazing characters that are followed throughout a book series.   The reader came feel like they become a member of the characters’ family or group as they read from book to book.   I love being able to follow the stories plot twists and turns, especially when the book ends on a cliff hanger.  I mean  really, are there any books that end and you are like NOOOO!!!! I don’t want to let go!  This is when a series comes in handy.

Some series that I want to read I have heard from friends or have seem them on book tube videos.  These all have peaked my interest for many reasons either being the hype around the series or the themes surrounding the stories.

  1. The Darkest Mind series by Alexandra Bracken
  2. Selection series by Kiera Cass- said to be a fun and easy read
  3. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz-  for my love and weird and wonderful books
  4. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – have to have a YA fantasy
  5. Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab- because I loved the Night Circus
  6. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- I am loving the mortal instrument series!
  7. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – to get some mythical story telling
  8. Ruined series by Amy Tintera- say the great reviews on Epic reads channel !
  9. Dark Tower series by Stephen King- currently reading book 2!
  10. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige – who doesn’t love a twist on the Wizard of Oz!

If anyone else has any suggestions or has read the series on my list feel free to add comments!  Would like to get all your opinions of these and any other amazing series to read !!!!


Review on Mortal Instruments, City of Bones

I really enjoyed this book and the play on all the childhood fantasies and mythical creatures.  How Cassandra incorporated the creatures into modern day life was excellent and believable.  I thought the plot twist of Jace and Clary being brother and sister was brilliant.  It is a new take on the theme of forbidden love and not being able to have what your heart desires.  The love triangle of Jace, Clary and Simon was ok.  I am not huge fan of love triangles but this one was well developed.  Simon really added a layer of intensity to Clary figuring out who she is and what she wants.

The theme of who family really is was very prevalent throughout the story.  When Jace and Clary found out that Valentine was their father it brought into light what the definition of family is.   Is family blood relation or as Clary defines it with Luke being her father figure, is family really those who have been there throughout your life and nurtured you.

The struggle with Jace and his inner feelings of parental needs toward Valentine were complicated by Valentines ‘evil’ characteristics.  The inner turmoil that Jace was feeling on whether or not he should still consider Valentine as his father was extremely heart tugging.

This story was a classic heroin tale of Clary trying to figure out who she is when all she knows of herself and past life get turned up side down.  It incorporates the mythical themes and intertwines them for an exciting and entertaining read.


Book Enthusiast

I have been an avid reader since I can remember.   My grandmother passed down her love of books to my mother and then my mother to me.   I love discussing my new reads with friends and learning about how different people can view the same book in so many different ways.   I wanted to design a place where not only my friends but others who enjoy to reach can gain access and  have these conversations as well.  I want you to feel free to post the feelings, ideas or concepts you want to share while or after reading any books.  This hopefully will inspire others who have read to share their thoughts and feelings and open the forms for discussion.