Book Chat

April Book Chat + Buying Books

*It’s time for my April book chat! This month I’m discussing the books I’ve been reading and how many books I have been buying lately. I keep pretty good track of the books I buy so I know I have a book buying problem. It doesn’t seem to stop me from buying more books though….

It's time my April book chat. Come see what I've been reading and loving lately. Do you use Book Outlet to buy books? I do and I love it!

O.W.L.s Readathon Update

If you saw my April tbr post then you know I’m participating in the OWLs readathon hosted by @book_roast. It has been a lot of fun to do these readathons. I get a lot of books read because I want to complete all of the prompts. It is challenging, but it really forces me to not waste time doing things that aren’t reading.

I’ve picked books for each of the twelve prompts and so far I have completed Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Defense Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic, and Charms. I have seven exams left which are; Transfiguration, Divination, Herbology, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Astronomy, and Muggle Studies.

I have changed my tbr quite a bit this month. The books I originally picked were from my library but I realized I didn’t want to read any of them. I’ve since changed the remaining exams to books I actually own and that I want to read.

My final OWLs tbr.

Here are the remaining books to complete my OWLs:
-Transfiguration: Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse
-Divination:
The Pale Dreamer, by Samantha Shannon
-Herbology:
Winter, by Marissa Meyer
-Potions:
Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo
-Care of Magical Creatures:
Sabriel, by Garth Nix
-Astronomy:
Gemina, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
-Muggle Studies:
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (The original prompt is a contemporary book. I hate contemporaries so I picked a muggle nonfiction book to read)

Books that surprised me.

I’ve read two books this month that I’ve absolutely loved. I really like to go into books completely blind. Usually, all it takes for me to be interested in a book is to know a.) what genre it is and b.) someone else who is excited about the book.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater got me hook, line and sinker. It’s a book I knew zero about before starting it and I actually expected not to like it. I didn’t even think I would end up finishing it, but I was so wrong. I loved this book so much, I screamed when it ended because, how dare you Maggie!

Another book that shocked me was Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I’ve always told myself I didn’t like sci-fi because, aliens. But I absolutely loved this book! I loved it so much that I added the sequel to my tbr. I think a big selling point for me is the format. It makes for quick reading and the story was so fast paced that I could not put it down.

Other books I’ve read this month.

I have read three other books this month. One I liked quite well, one was interesting but long, and another was just ok.

Cress
By Marissa Meyer

This was a pretty good book. It got three stars from me which means its a decent book. It was pretty stressful toward the end and I finished the last 100 pages fairly quickly. I liked getting to know two secondary characters better and I loved Iko. She is probably my favorite character!

The Final Empire
By Brandon Sanderson

I read this book because I see it all over bookstagram and I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I have to be honest and say that it was just ok for me. It wasn’t the grand adventure I thought it was going to be. I think the most interesting part was the end when the plot reveal happened. It was the best part of the book. I do want to read the rest of the series. I just wish they weren’t so long.

Books that were not my thing.

Angels’ Blood
By Nalini Singh

This one got a pretty low 3 star rating from me. I couldn’t stand the main character. The only interesting character was made out to be a man-ho and I knew what was going to happen before it actually did. It’s very paranormal with vampires and angels. I actually had pretty high hopes for this book even though I knew what type of book it was before I started it. The romance is there but it’s not very solid. The almost-sex was also terrible. It was trying to be a slow burn romance but it just wasn’t. I’m really not sure if I’ll make the time to ever finish this series.

The Winter Horses
By Philip Kerr

I ended up not finishing this book. I’m pretty sure it was a middle-grade book, but it was so boring. I made it to the 50% point and nothing was happening. I really wanted to like it because it involved horses and World War II. Those are two of my favorite things. But it was just so boring.

Buying books.

How often do you buy books? And how many at a time? I am always looking to maximize my book to cost ratio so I look for discount books on Amazon, Ebay, and Book Outlet. These are the three places I check first when looking for books.

If you haven’t heard of Book Outlet, then you are really missing out. Unless you don’t like to get new books for a great discount, then you aren’t missing anything. Book Outlet has so many books available in pretty much any genre you are interested in. They have tons of nonfiction, contemporary, YA, and children’s books.

They don’t carry every book out there and they often don’t have the first book in a series, but it’s still one of my favorite places to buy books. There is an excellent reward system where you can earn coupons off your book order and every order over $35 ships for free.

I should mention that this isn’t a paid ad or anything. It’s just me sharing the love for Book Outlet.

That’s it for me this time.

Let me know what you are reading and loving right now in the comments!

Happy reading,

Alicen

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