April Wrap Up and May TBR

I said this last month but what happened to April? This month has once again been a whirlwind and I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up! I had so many plans for April but in typical Amy fashion everything ended up being bit chaotic and pushed aside.

As many of you know already, I’m one of thousands of publishing hopefuls who are trying their hardest to break into a highly competitive industry and the constant rejection or lack of response is heartbreaking. I like to think of myself as an optimistic and positive person but recently it’s been a struggle trying to remain hopeful and confident in my abilities. It’s been almost two years now since I graduated from University with a degree in English Literature, and although this past year has had its set backs, I’m still at square one and just a little less optimistic than before. At this moment in time I’m fortunate enough to have a job working in retail with wonderful group of ladies who I absolutely adore, however I hoped for more. I don’t plan on giving up on my dreams anytime soon, and I hope that the universe has something epic in store for me soon!

Last month was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting but I’ve started this month with a new mindset and goal orientated attitude and I’m confident that I’m going to make it a memorable one! My personal aim for May is to find a routine and get myself a little more organised. I’ve been juggling so many different things that I’ve lost track of what’s on my to-do list and what day it is, whoops!

April finally saw the re-opening of lots of non-essential shops including bookshops (I’d argue that books are essential) and I’ve never been so excited to experience a bit of retail-therapy. My poor bank account has taken a bit of a beating this month, but if you can’t treat yourself now, when can you?

The highlight of my month was hands-down the Shadow and Bone adaptation, IT WAS PERFECT! I’m currently on my third re-watch and I think I fall in love with it a little more every time I watch it! I’ve got a dedicated post going up next week where I gush about all of my feelings and how wonderful the entire show was, I can’t stop raving about it and if Netflix doesn’t renew it for more seasons then I quit!

What You Might Have Missed Last Month:

My Favourite Books With Pink Covers | Spring Edition

7 Thing I Want to See in the Shadow and Bone TV Show

Book Recommendations Based Off Your Star Sign

This or That: Book Lovers Edition

April Wrap Up

As for reading, it’s no surprise that I only managed to read ONE book this month! Luckily I’m on track with my reading goals and I hope to have a really productive May.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Nikolai is one of my all-time favourite characters so the chance to spend more time with him and join him on another adventure with some other great characters was perfect! AND that ending, it’s a good thing that I’ve got Rule of Wolves ready and waiting on my bookshelf!

May TBR

When it comes to reading, I’m the bookworm of the family but occasionally my sister will fall into the magical world of reading and go into full-on reader mode! Seriously that girl can read, she managed to read the first two books in the Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L Armentrout in TWO days and I’ve never been prouder! So I thought I’d take advantage of her whilst she’s on this reading sprint and get her to choose my TBR for next month! I’ve brought so many new books recently and I don’t know what to read next, so it’s been great getting an outsiders opinion!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – This is my sisters all time favourite series and I’ve lost track at how many times I’ve promised her that I’ll read. I really enjoy reading about the vast Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see what all the fuss is about!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout – As I mentioned previously, my sister managed to read the first two books in two days and now she needs someone who she can talk about it with and I’m more than happy to fill that role. Everyone has been raving about this series and I feel little bit left out so it’s about time I jumped on the bandwagon!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – My sister knows me far too well and told me to pick the book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for the longest! I received an excerpt of this book years ago and loved it so excited to continue with the rest of the story!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve been going on about this book for weeks so there was no way that I wasn’t going to put this book on my TBR for May.

My Most Anticipated Books of 2021 – Part 1

Before writing this posts I only had a couple of books on my most anticipated list so I jumped onto to Goodreads to see what else was coming out in 2021, and now that list has tripled in size! I don’t need anymore books on my TBR but 2021 sounds like an amazing year for any YA fantasy and contemporary lover, I just couldn’t resist! By the looks of things, we’ve all got great reading tastes and all have very similar lists, so I’m going to try my best to include some lesser known releases as well as some familiar favourites that will be hitting our bookshelves soon!

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas (Feb 2021)

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses) eBook: Maas, Sarah  J.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

I’d sell my soul if it meant I could read this book now, I’m honestly so excited to dive back into this world and join these characters on another adventure. I need more Azriel content, plus I’m dying to read more about Cassian and Nesta’s blossoming relationship! These characters are my LIFE!

Also I still hate that cover and every time I look at it, it breaks my heart.

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

You know me, I’m a sucker for anything that relates to Greek Mythology, especially a female-led reinvention of a classic myth! This YA adventure follows seventeen year old Daphne who joins forces with the God Apollo to recover the nine mysterious items of Mount Olympus before it’s too late. PLUS it includes an enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies dynamic! Yes please!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (May 2021)

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

As much as I keep trying to re-read the Red Queen series I think it’s best that I just start a entirely new series by Victoria Aveyard instead. This book combines two of my favourite things, pirates and assassins, and I am beyond excited.

Corayne lives at the end of the world and year after year, she watches her pirate mother sail away to adventures she’ll never share. So when a mysterious immortal and deadly assassin appear on Corayne’s doorstep telling her she is the last member of a dying bloodline, and the only one who can save the world, Corayne seizes the chance to have her own adventure.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (May 2021)

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee | Waterstones

I don’t tend to get excited about contemporary novels, instead I tend to stumble on new favourites and recommendations throughout the year. But this one sounded too adorable, and I couldn’t resist including it on my list. This swoon-worthy romance, follows Noah Ramirez and his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. But when a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world turns upside down and in-lists the help of Drew who is willing to fake-date Noah to save the diary and help prove that romance isn’t dead.

The Aurora Cycle #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Unknown)

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman

We know nothing about this book but it was on the Goodread’s list of YA Novels for 2021, so it counts right? I’ve only read the first book in this series, and it’s instantly become one of my new favourites! The banter between this band of loveable characters is effortless and genuinely funny which paired with an intense and mysterious storyline makes this an incredible series that every reader needs on their TBR!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Feb 2021)

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1) by Namina Forna

I’ve yet to read a bad review about this book and I’m honestly so excited to get my hands on it. This female-led fantasy fight against an oppressive system looks beautiful inside and out and is another book I’d sell my soul to read early!

Sixteen year old Deka lives in fear of the blood creamy that will determine her fate, but when her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. She’s then given a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan 2021)

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

I know that this series was on my ‘disappointments’ list last year, but I can’t help but be curious to see how Kemmerer continues with this series! From just reading it’s synopsis I’m fairly positive that I’m going to fall back in love with this storyline and its range of characters!

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (April 2021)

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

First and foremost, let’s just take a moment to appreciate THAT COVER! It’s stunning! And if the cover isn’t enough then just read the synopsis…

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance. Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.