April Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

I’m taking a break from all that’s happening at my mom’s birthday brunch right now and instead taking up the chance to write this Wrap-Up outside. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!

This month has been quite productive for me reading-wise (and also in regard to posting more or less regularly I have to say). I’m glad I managed that with the new job and everything. I guess it’s a good thing I now have a commute of 40 mins.

Anyways, I read six books this month and at least 2.5 of them happened because a friend talked about binging everything on the currently reading pile before Always and Forever Lara Jean would arrive. I think, I just subconsciously followed her advice because wow I haven’t been on a roll like this for a few years at last.

So here’s the list:

25372801#1 All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Goodreads
My rating: ★★

I’ve started this book back in January and I liked it a lot back then. I only gave it two stars because it’s unfortunately also one of those books that got pushed back because I wanted to read other new books first and when I finally got back to it, I lost touch with it. It didn’t feel interesting anymore and I found it a bit weird and boring? But I also often get this feeling whenever I take too long to finish a book.

32737127 #2 Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
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My rating: ★★★

I’m a sucker for biographies. Especially when they are written by people I like, find inspirational, or feel like I can somehow identify with. I enjoyed reading Lily Collins’ book, although there were quite a few too many tumblr-like inspirational quotes for my taste. Netherless, she manages to convey the importance of loving and standing up for oneself and it is something that should be remembered more often.

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#3 The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Goodreads; My review
My rating: ★★★★

Certainly a surprise read. I didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did; but then the plot didn’t develop as I thought it would either.

 

28374007#4 Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Goodreads
My rating: ★★★★★

It is sooo good!! I finally got around to reading TDC and I fell in love with everything and everyone instantly. I was quite sad when I found out that the second book isn’t out yet. How am I supposed to wait until September??

 

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#5 Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Goodreads
My rating: ★★★

Another one of those books that I was looking forward to reading- Space, duh- and wanted to love but didn’t. Right from the beginning I was overwhelmed by the amount of  different species and races and planets. I hoped I would get it all later but I got even more confused. I also couldn’t warm up to the characters, so I tried to fight my way through the book but in the end I was mostly skimming the pages to see what was going to happen.

30312860#6 Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Goodreads; My review
My rating: ★★★★★

Do I even have to say anything about this book? You probably got that from my other posts but this is the book I looked forward to the most this year. And yes I was very lucky and got it early. I really really loved it a lot. It couldn’t have been better. If you want to hear me ramble about how amazing it is, go check out my review!

This was quite the eventful book month. I already have three more books on my tbr pile thanks to visiting friends (I’m not complaining ;)) and I can’t wait to start them. Guess the pile isn’t shrinking soon. Have you guys been reading any interesting, mindblowing books this month?

 

Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA Be brave.

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.


I can’t begin to tell you how much this book blindsided me. When I first got my hands on the excerpt, I thought this was just going to be your average Young Adult quick read. Amnesia as well as its effect and impact on other people always intrigued me, so I started reading and finishing it as soon as possible.

While it feels strange reading the same blurb of words every few pages, it is more than necessary to show Flora’s memory reset. It’s interesting how differently she reacts to it and the words she wrote on her skin. (Also kudos to Emily Barr for coming up with so many ways to summarize the same portion again and again). The only constant thing is the memory of kissing her best friend’s boyfriend.

Kissing a boy being the reason she suddenly remembers something and thus getting obsessed with him sounds quite cliché and unhealthy. And it is. But let me tell you: This book is more of a self-discovery journey. The boy is just one of the many reasons our protagonists starts her journey. We won’t see the boy again for some time and in between we get to meet so many different people who help Flora along her way.

Something I really love is that moment when you thought the book to be already over but the plot actually just starts. It felt like a rollar coaster going up and down, taking every looping plot twist it could with it. It’s certainly an important point to keeping it from being predictable and I’m thankful for it.

So, if you find yourself wanting to enrich yourself on how to live in the moment and how to find yourself, this book is clearly something for you. And if that isn’t your primary concern, Emily Barr’s writing manages to perfectly capture the beauty of the Arctic.
It felt so real that I had to stop myself from just hopping on a plane and having my own adventure.