The Month Ahead: April 2016

The Month Ahead - April 2In The Month Ahead, I will be rounding up the books I’m currently reading, the ones I will start this month, and the ones I intend getting my mitts on… if I haven’t already! Expect news and features by the bucketful!

| Currently Reading |

I was going to remove Emma and NOS4R2 from my currently reading list… just because it’s slightly embarrassing them having been there for so long! But hey, I might actually get around to reading them this April so, for now, they’re here to stay! Added to that we have Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic (because I have read woefully few of his books!), The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu, and this month’s Read Along, An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire. So all in all, plenty to be getting on with!

What are you reading at the moment? 

| April Events |

Friday Face Off Meme - whiteTurning The Friday Face-Off into a weekly meme proved to be marvellous fun last month, so thank you for reading and participating! So for those of you who fancy joining in or are interested in what’s coming up, here are the upcoming themes for this April:

08th April 2016 | Peace is Poor Reading

A cover which features war

15th April 2016 | Metropolis

A cover which features a city

22nd April 2016 | Dead Men Tell No Tales

A cover which features something or somewhere relating to death

29th April 2016 | Like One, That on a Lonesome Road

A cover which features a road


An Artificial Night - white

An Artificial Night Read Along

Organised by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow

Week 1 (Saturday 9th April)

Chapters 1-7 – hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow

Week 2 (Saturday 16th April)

Chapters 8-17 – hosted by Books by Proxy (me!)

Week 3 (Saturday 23rd April)

Chapters 18-24 – hosted by Lynn’s Books

Week 4 (Saturday 30th April)

Chapters 25-End – hosted by TBA

heartWith Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation already under our belts this year, it was only a matter of time before the next October Daye novel was added to our Read Along shelf. Both the previous two novels have been tremendously good fun and have managed to spark an addiction that I can’t see ending soon. If anyone would like to join in with the third book in the series, An Artificial Night, head on over to the Goodreads group and sign up!heart

| Synopsis |

Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October “Toby” Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children – and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm – home of the legendary Wild Hunt – and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael’s inescapable power.

And it doesn’t bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye – the harbinger of Toby’s own death – has suddenly turned up on her doorstep…

An Artificial Night is the third installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.heart

| Upcoming Events |

|May |

The Between Two Thorns Read Along

Organised by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow

Week 1 (Monday 9th May)

Chapters 1-9 – hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow

Week 2 (Monday 16th May)

Chapters 10-18 – hosted by On Starships and Dragonwings

Week 3 (Monday 23rd May)

Chapters 19-25 – Imyril at

Week 4 (Monday 30th May)

Chapters 26-End – hosted by Lynn’s Books


In May we’re going to be enjoying the first book in The Split Worlds series by Emma Newman, Between Two Thorns. I’d never heard of this series before the Read Along cropped up but I’m certain I’m going to enjoy it. If you’re interested in joining in with this read along, go over to the Goodreads group page and sign up!


| Synopsis |

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?


| April Releases |

And here is a (by no means comprehensive) list of the releases I’m most looking forward to this April  – dates are from UK publishers only (though many will coincide!).

5th April


In the Labyrinth of Drakes

by Marie Brennanheart

7th April


by M.R. Careyheart



by Benedict Jacka


Saint's Blood

Saint’s Blood

by Sebastien de Castell


12th April


Masks and Shadows

by Stephanie Burgis


26th April


Sharp Ends 

by Joe Abercrombie


| April Goals |

To finish NOS4R2 and Emma before the month is out!

Roll over!

Status: 0 of 2 Complete


Have you picked up any great books lately? What are your goals for the month ahead? 

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15 thoughts on “The Month Ahead: April 2016

  1. This is a fabulous post – I really like the way you set everything out on your blog:). I’m glad you didn’t abandon Emma, because it’s one of my alltime favourite Austen reads – she is such a lovely character because she is very realistic, rushing in and making mistakes. There is a sharp demonstration of just how tough women had it, particularly if they didn’t have a handy male to look after them, too… So glad I wasn’t born into that world! I’m going to join in the Friday Faceoff meme, I so look forward to yours:). I’ll be intrigued to see how you get on with Between Two Thorns, too. Have you encountered the Newman’s amazing vlog ‘Tea and Jeopardy’? It is very funny and surreal – they interview the likes of Joe Abercrombie, etc in amazing fantasy settings… I regularly have the grandchildren over the week-end, so can’t really get too involved in the regular Saturday readings, but I follow your progress with interest. April looks to be a great month – I’d forgotten the new M.R. Carey was also coming out on the 7th and I’ve pre-ordered Burned, so will be revewing that asap. Happy reading:)

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    1. Thank you so much! 😀 And don’t worry – I wouldn’t abandon Emma completely! ..Even if I’ve read appallingly few classics so far this year! I’ve definitely been in the fantasy mood!

      I’m so glad you’re going to join in! I love seeing all the covers everyone posts and I’m sure you’ll come up with some fab ones!

      And thanks for the vlog suggestion – I’ll definitely check it out as I’m really looking forward to that read along (and hey I love Joe Abercrombie so there’s another plus!).

      Hope you have a wonderful April! 😀

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    1. It’s so funny – I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on so many wonderful Pratchett novels! I hope you enjoy Cranford – I’m definitely a Gaskell fan! And I also have The Martian to read too!

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  2. I don’t think you should abandon them – unless you’ve completely decided not to continue with them. I’ve been reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Two Men in a Boat for an equally long time but I’ve told myself I will finish them both!
    Great month. Happy April.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Thank you! No I wouldn’t give them up – they just make me feel guilty every time I see them on my list!! Emma has actually been misplaced but seeing as there are at least three other copies in the house I really have no excuse!!


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