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April Wrap-up || 2022

Hey y’all!

Another month has gone by. And as I’ve been using most of my free time reading lately, my wrap-up is coming late.

In truth, April was pretty uneventful. Mostly just work and reading and wasting time. There was Easter, of course, when we had my sister’s family over for the weekend so we could all go to church together and the little one could do an egg hunt at our house. That was the extent of our festivities though.

Goodreads: 48/60

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

Okay so this one was alright, although not quite as enjoyable as the first one I don’t think. Regardless, I don’t have the third one for now so this series is going to be on standstill for awhile.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

This was another of those series I missed out on when I was younger, and with the Disney move release in 2020 it brought it back on my radar. So I thought I’d give a try since our library has been having the entire set. It was a surprise to find that I actually loved it.

Cloak of Night by Evelyn Skye

The conclusion to Circle of Shadows I read earlier in the year. This was an audiobook, and although not as as good as the first one, I did enjoy it.

Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident by Eoin Colfer

I love all of the work that goes into these books to have so many POVs that are different from one another and to have the world building always be so descriptive and the events entertaining.

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

I recently read Stepsister and decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, I don’t think Donnelly’s writing is for me. The story itself was very unique (as was Stepsister) but there’s just something with the writing that makes her books feel like they’re dragging on. Even listening to the audiobook feels that way, so I’m not sure I’ll read more of her books in the future.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

Book three and I’m still immensely enjoying these. I was especially intrigued by the ending in this one and really liked how that played out for the next book.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

I finally continued the Truly Devious books. I like these because I listen to the audiobooks and they’re fast-paced. Stevie returns to the academy and we explore different mysteries that still tie in with the first book. It definitely keeps up the same overall feelings the first one had.

Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga

This book was too long, I think. For a thriller, it felt really slow as well. There was a lot of confusion with who the characters were (although I’m not sure how much of that was supposed to be the point but I feel like it really distracted from the story). I also wasn’t invested enough to care about the twists (that seemed more thrown in at random than anything). Honestly, there was a lot I didn’t like about this one.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

The conclusion to Truly Devious! As much as I enjoyed this series I am glad to be done because I cannot stand David and I don’t think I could have continued much longer with him being such a central focus.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

I remember this graphic novel being a big deal when it came out, but since I rarely read graphic novels at the time it, I never bothered with it. The story was simply okay, in my opinion. I did really like the color and graphics though.

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Technically I finished this one the first of May, but I read *most* of it in May so we’re throwing it on here since my wrap up was late.

~ Currently Reading ~

Refund High School by Lico

My progress in this one is still pretty miniscule… I think I read about 2 chapters in the last few weeks?

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

I loved the Circle of Shadows books I listened to on Hoopla, so I figured I’d give this duology a try. They’re pretty long, even as audiobooks, but I’m enjoying this one so far.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

I’m getting through these books a bit quicker than I thought I would.

I did a lot more reading than I thought I would in April. I was aiming for maybe 5-6 books, but I just really wanted to read during a lot of my free time instead of doing other things, which is actually an uncommon occurrence. So I read. At this rate, I might actually finish my reading goal before the year’s halfway mark.

How did April go for you? What was your favorite book you read during the month?

4 thoughts on “April Wrap-up || 2022

  1. The Artemis Fowl books are a treat, specially the first one. Fowl went a bit soft in the latter books, but I loved how he was a kind of an evil mastermind in the first one.

    Something else I liked was the idea that goblins and magical creatures weren’t the cute entities from tales and folklore*, but had evolved into militarized societies with blaster guns and a very grumpy mood.

    * Actually, most mythical creatures from tales and folklore were far from cute in their original incarnation. If you check Spanish traditional goblins and spirits and the like, lost of them were always looking for ways to eat children, rape them or enslave them XD

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    1. I suppose the point of the series was for Artemis to go from criminal mastermind to selfless hero, but it did take a lot away from what I liked about Artemis going into the first one. That said, I did still enjoy the series overall.

      Yeah, I’m not really sure how mythical creatures got to be styled so tame and lovable in a lot of media.


      1. I agree, Artemis Fowl was way cooler when he was a badass criminal. Being a hero didn’t fit him.

        If I remember well, there was a book in which he traveled back in time and had to fight his own self in the past. I found the evil self so funny and refreshing.

        Cute sells. That might explain why mythical creatures were sugarcoated in the media… I always think of the Aquelarre RPG, which is a Spanish game based on 15th Century Spain and incorporates lots of Spanish myths, tales and creatures from our Medieval tradition. It was hard to find any who didn’t want to eat people’s guts, and the ones who did wanted to enslave them or worse XD THe game is published in English nowadays but I don’t know if the cool bestiaries and extras have been released in the US.


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