I feel like I’ve had the same mantra the past few months, “I’ve been so busy.” I feel like this might be the last month where I can say that and blame it on school. As of the end of April, I am done with grad school! All of the final assignments for classes are complete and my graduate portfolio is turned in and awaiting a grade. Fingers crossed that everything is all set and nothing pops up last minute.

Also how is it already May? Half of the year is almost gone! I’m still on track for my Goodreads Goal and maybe I’ll even read over my goal. Who knows? I’m also picking up writing again which I’m super happy about. I didn’t have any motivation to write while I was in school and now that I’m out, I’m happy to finally have the time to get back to it.

I read some great new novels this month, as well as revisiting some old favorites!

No matter how often I say that I love to read fantasy, deep down I’m a historical fiction type of gal. This really shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering my BA is in History. Within These Lines is a great book that explores the issue of Japanese Internment during WWII. Honestly, I feel like a lot of people aren’t aware of what happened to the Japanese living in the United States during the war. I was intrigued to see the approach that the author would take with this story. Overall it’s a good book but I wish there had been a little more detail about what happens to the characters after the camp. What happened with Taichi’s family after the war? There were lots of unanswered questions that left me a little unsatisfied at the end of it.

White Rose was the other historical fiction novel I managed to get to this month. This one is a little different because it’s written in lyrical form. This book is also set during WWII but it covers the subject of the White Rose Society. This is also a part of history that I don’t think people know a lot about. This society was composed of German students who resisted against the Nazi regime. They were eventually found out and the majority of them were killed. The book is told in a series of poems from Sophie Scholl. Even though I knew what would happen, I couldn’t help but become enthralled in the story. This is well worth the read.

I stuck with the lyrical theme, hey it was National Poetry Month after all, and read Solo. Well I actually listened to the audiobook which made this book fun. It follows the story of a kid named Blade as he navigates the life of being a rockstar’s kid – or so he thinks. Kwame Alexander knows how to tell a story through poetry and it clearly shows. Since the book follows a musician there are a few poems that are actually sung as songs in the audiobook. That was a welcoming surprise when I was listening to it and I would be curious to see what would have happened if I’d read the physical book.

If you’re looking for a fun light romance novel then look no further! I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile and only just got to it. The book takes place in New York City and it was fun to read a book where one character is just discovering what the city is like. I’ve only been to New York City twice so it was fun to have a character be fascinated by the same things I was when I went. I feel like the book also speaks to the current generation. Especially when the two boys were trying to hunt down each other by using social media. What If It’s Us was a super cute book version of a rom-com. Definite movie material!

With the Marvel Mania coming to an apex with the release of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, I decided to pick this one up on a whim. I’m glad I did because I didn’t realize how many strong female characters were in the Marvel Universe. (I don’t read the comics ya’ll.) The movies have a tendency to focus on the men but are leaning towards telling more about the women. This was a quick read and would make a fun coffee table book for anyone.

If you know me well enough, then you know that one of my favorite authors is Sarah J. Maas! A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) is a re-read and it is the second book in her A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. I didn’t re-read ACTOR because well… I just wanted to get right to the Feyre and Rhys romance. There is no shame in the reading game. I surprised myself with how fast I read the book (two days) but that just goes to show how good this book really is. I think this is like my second re-read of this book. I just can’t get enough of the world(s) that Maas creates in her books.

Holy book of dark goodness. YA’LL. I cannot even begin to tell you how good this book is!!! Wicked Saints is this twisty gothic book that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first few pages. It follows a young girl who can speak to the gods and can use the magic that they channel through her. The only catch is that there are blood mages that are have forsaken her gods and are hunting her down. So Nadya has to run and ends up running into a rogue blood mage and well… I don’t wanna give any spoilers. But seriously you should read this book. I’m anxiously awaiting the second book.

That’s all for now!