Monthly TBR Pile, April 2016


Happy Friday fellow book lovers!

I’m very excited to share some books I’ve found at the library.

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If all goes according to plan, I’d like to read:


What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Boy, Snow, Bird yet either – Oh, the shame – but I want to. Maybe that will be on next month’s list. What is Not Yours is Not Yours was published March 8, 2016 by Riverhead Books and is a collection of short stories. Each of the stories revolve around the concept of keys, both literal and metaphorical. Oyeyemi is best known for adapting popular fairy tales. I originally heard about this book on Book Riot, which does a fantastic video series called “Ready, Set, Hold” about the big, buzzy books you should put on hold at the library.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

DSCF4326If you’re anything like me and have subscribed to a dozen Booktubers, you’ll know Rebel of the Sands is an extremely popular YA fantasy novel. It was also published on March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers. I’m not a huge fan of either YA or fantasy, but I’m judging a book by its cover. It’s gorgeous! Set in the middle Eastern desert of Miraji, dijinni’s practice magic and mythical beasts roam the outskirts of the land. Amani is a young sharp shooter who falls in love with Jin, a handsome stranger. She has always wanted to leave home and sees this as the perfect opportunity. What she doesn’t realize at the time is he’ll help her discover her true identity.

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Lev Grossman

I’ve heard The Magicians compared to an adult version of Harry Potter. With a splash of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. A couple months ago, I started watching the TV adaptation of this series. I loved the show the minute I learned it was a story within a story. However, from what I can discern, the book is a little different. Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior bored with his everyday life, so he rereads beloved fantasy series set in an enchanted land called Fillory. He assumes magic doesn’t exist until he is invited to attend the exclusive Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York. After passing an extraordinarily difficult entrance exam, he is accepted into the elite school. They teach Quentin how to use magic to his full potential although he is never fully satisfied with the power he has gained. After he and his friends graduate, they are set on a darker path than any of them could have imagined.

After You (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes

After You is the sequel to Me Before You and follows Louisa Clark grieving the loss of her love, Will Traynor. She has returned to her childhood home and is struggling with the feeling that she is back where she started. It’s not until attends Moving On, a bereavement support group and meets Sam Fielding, a paramedic, does she begin to understand life and death. Then, someone from Will’s past shows up and changes her plans. It’s a story about learning to love again.

Have any of you read these books yet and what did you think of them? Are there any other books you’d recommend? What is on your TBR pile for April?


2 thoughts on “Monthly TBR Pile, April 2016

  1. Don’t read The Magicians. The characters are unlikeable and the narrative just dies in the middle of the book. If you’re looking for some good fantasy, try The Name of the Wind from Patrick a Rothfuss. It’s my absolute favourite book 🙂

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    • Too bad because I really love the TV show. Maybe they just took the best parts of the entire series…I don’t want to waste my time when there are so many other books I want to read! Is “The Name of the Wind” a good starter fantasy? I don’t usually read this genre.


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