Sunday 1 May 2016

April 2016 Recap

Before I talk about books I have to talk about the most exciting thing that happened in April, the arrival of the newest member of my family who entered the world on the 22nd at a whopping 8lbs 11oz.

Let me introduce you to my beautiful new nephew Aidan!

My brother James, sister in law Subasana
and nephews Swopan and Aidan

Meeting Grandad and cuddles with auntie Sarah

Isn't he gorgeous! I'm totally in love & can't wait to watch him grow up :o)

Books read in previous months but reviewed in April:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood (Read in December, review will be posted in May)
  2. Saga Volume 1 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  3. Truthwitch - Susan Dennard (Read in January, reviewed in April)
  4. One Silent Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon (Read in January, reviewed in April)
  5. Burned - Karen Marie Moning (Read in January, review coming soon)
  6. Their Fractured Light - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Read in January, review coming soon)
  7. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard (Read in January, reviewed in April)
  8. Ice Planet Barbarians - Ruby Dixon (Read in February, review coming soon)
  9. Morning Star - Pierce Brown (Read in February, review coming soon)
  10. The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman (Read in February, review coming soon)
  11. One Hell of a Ride - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Read in February, review coming soon)
  12. The Shadow Queen - C.J. Redwine (Read in March, review coming soon)
  13. Bound to Danger - Katie Reus (Read in March, review coming soon)
  14. The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan (Read in March, reviewed in April)
  15. Hollywood Dirt - Alessandra Torre (Read in March, review coming soon)
  16. The Hostage Bargain - Annika Martin (Read in March, review coming soon)
  17. Wickedly Wonderful - Deborah Blake (Read in March, review coming soon)
  18. Begging for It - Lilah Pace (Read in March, review coming soon)
  19. Owl and the City of Angels - Kristi Charish (Read in March, review coming soon)
  20. The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima (Read in March, reviewed in April)
    Books read in April:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. High Five - Janet Evanovich
    2. The Mage in Black - Jaye Wells
    3. The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
    4. No Place Like Home - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (review coming soon)
    5. The Flower of Arizona - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (review coming soon)
    6. Possessed by a Dark Warrior - Felicity Heaton
    7. Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time - Rob Temple
    8. The Crimson Crown - Cinda Williams Chima
    9. A Wild Ride - Vivian Arend
    10. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
    11. Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (review coming soon)
    12. Let Me - Cecy Robson
    13. One With You - Sylvia Day (review coming soon)
    14. Allegiance of Honour - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
    15. Z - Larissa Ione (Novella)
    16. Terry Pratchett: From Birth to Death a Writer - Terry Pratchett, Rob Wilkins, Neil Gaiman & Rhianna Pratchett
    17. No Quarter - Christine d'Abo
    18. A Questionable Client - Ilona Andrews (Short Story) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    19. Flamecaster - Cinda Williams Chima (review coming soon)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in April:

    The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima (read my review here)

    My top NA read in April:

    Let Me by Cecy Robson (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in April:

    A Wild Ride by Vivian Arend (read my review here)
    The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (read my review here)

    April Events:

    I've been pretty hopeless at writing up events recently so I've decided to start mentioning them in my monthly wrap up posts so they at least get a little attention! As you can see April was pretty eventful in the best possible ways and I got the chance to meet a couple of my favourite authors as well as celebrate the life of an author who I have been a fan of for over 20 years.

    Terry Pratchett Memorial:

    I already posted about the Terry Pratchett Memorial that I attended with my Dad at the Barbican Theatre in London (you can read all about it here if you missed it) but it was such a wonderful event and definitely one of the highlights of April so it has to be mentioned again in my monthly wrap up!

    Penguin Random House Party for Syliva Day:

    I was also lucky enough to be invited to the Penguin Random House offices (they have an AMAZING view across the thames from their terrace!) for a party to celebrate the release of One With You by Sylvia Day. I absolutely love the Crossfire series so I was sad that it's over but I've enjoyed every minute of the journey and chatting to Sylvia it sounds like she has a lot of exciting new books planned for us to look forward to. It was great to meet her again (I actually met her about 5 years ago at Authors After Dark in Philadelphia) and I was able to get my copies of the entire Crossfire series signed so they now have pride of place on my shelves.

    Nalini Singh Signing at Forbidden Planet:

    I was also thrilled to get the chance to meet Nalini Singh again, she is without a doubt my favourite author and I'm totally addicted to both her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series. Last time she was over (about 3 years ago) I took about 20 books for her to sign so luckily this time I only had to carry books she had written in the last 3 years. She's quite a prolific writer so that was still 9 books and my back suffered for it the next day but it was totally worth it. If you've never read anything by Nalini you really are missing out, she creates such wonderful worlds and her characters are just amazing. If you're not a huge paranormal fan then you should try her Rock Kiss contemporary romance series because they're brilliant too!

    My Challenge Updates:

    These are the challenges I've signed up for in 2016:

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