April 2015 Reads
April was a pretty decent month of reading for me. I managed to finish 5 books, 3 audiobooks, and 2 graphic novels. Towards the end of the month, I participated in the Dewey's 24 hour readathon which pushed me to finish 3 of these items. I really enjoyed the readathon and since it was only a day, it was easy to commit to and it sparked a bit of a reading high for me. I will definitely be joining in on the next one when it comes around.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - I'll be honest, this book was a big letdown. I posted a full review of this book, so I'll just let you know I gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars. This YA sci-fi turned out to be mostly a YA romance and I was not the biggest fan of it.
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan - I picked this up on a whim at Barnes and Noble one evening and I'm really glad I did. It's set up as a series of linked short stories with each story focusing on a character from the previous story. It's quite brilliant how the stories flow into one another. I loved Jennifer Egan's writing and I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson - The last book in the Mistborn Trilogy and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. This has to be one of my favorite series enders of all time now. It was a bittersweet ending that was perfectly based on the themes of this series. I loved it and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon - Despite being centered around an extremely interesting subject matter (the Chernobyl accident), this book did not live up to expectations, nor did it really accomplish what set out to do. The writing was beautiful and I was drawn in immediately, but McKeon lost me with too many under-developed characters. I gave this 3.5 stars out of 5.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - I had only heard amazing things about this novel, but unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype for me. I still think that the movie looks great, and this may be one case in which the movie outshines the book. I ended up giving this 3 out of 5 stars.
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells - I still cannot get over the fact that Wells wrote this book in 1898. It is incredibly imaginative for the time period. The audiobook was brilliantly narrated. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars, knocking one star off just because the events and fights in the story all seemed very similar. However, I still am very excited to read more from H.G. Wells.
What If? by Randall Munroe - This book was such an enjoyable read/listen. This is the same author who writes and illustrates xkcd.com, which you've probably seen before if you are on the internet a lot. The premise is to take ridiculous hypothetical questions and give legitimate scientific answers to them. The audiobook is narrated by Wil Weaton and I really enjoyed it. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
Freedom by Daniel Suarez - This is the second book in the Daemon duology. I did a review of the first book here. This one however... I literally cannot tell you any of the premise without spoiling Daemon. So I will just say that I loved both books, but I enjoyed this one even more. I gave it 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Graphic Novels (for real)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud - After hearing rave reviews of this from multiple youtubers, I decided to give this a go... and I loved it! This story is about a struggling artist who hits rock bottom and is offered a deal from Death. The deal is to give him the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine and in return he will give his life to Death after 200 days. As you would guess, this is an emotional rollercoaster and it is beautifully done. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff - This graphic novel also deals with death, but in a completely different way than the last. It was a really quick, adorable story with beautiful art. I really liked the style and the unique story, but it was not anything to write home about. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read any of the books that I did this month? What did you read this month? Also, let me know if you would like me to review any of these more in depth and I will get to them sooner rather than later :)