April Monthly Wrap Up: A Month of Bardugo

This month flew by and I feel as if I spent a lot of it trying to figure out what I wanted to read. It ended up being a reread month in preparation and celebration of “Shadow and Bones” releasing and my Rule of Wolves hold coming in.


By Bethany Mangle

This book had a really fun premise and I enjoyed the main character. She felt like a real high school student to me in that she was complicated, wanted to be loved, and had a great voice. Since I read Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shustermann, I have been vaguely interested in doomsday preppers, so I immediately put this on my TBR list. I thought this was a fun book, but I did have hard time finishing it. I think it’s a good debut book and I’ll be looking out for more books from Mangle.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

By Austin Channing Brown

I read this book in an afternoon not only because it’s a rather short book, but because it’s very good! Channing Brown does a great job of incorporating educational material and her own personal experiences so I felt that I learned so much from each chapter. I appreciated her insight into how the white evangelical church has perpetuated racism and how it can do better. As a christian, it was both convicting but refreshing to hear her perspective as a Black christian woman. I walked away from the book lingering on many things she said and how I can incorporate them into my life or look for them in the church. After reading this book I looked more into Channing Brown and she cohosts and produces a video series on race that is amazing it’s called The Next Question.

Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo

After 6 years I have returned to my favorite book of all time. Kaz also kept his crown as my #1 literary crush. Bardguo is such an amazing plotter. I’m constantly impressed with how she moved each piece and character across her grand game board. I loved getting to see Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias on the screen this month.

Crooked Kingdom

By Leigh Bardugo

This book crushes me every time. How did I not start crying immediately? I’m not sure because Matthias makes me so sad. Also Kaz and Inej just cannot say their feelings outright until the LAST moment, huh?! I bawled at the end of the book as I know most people do, and I’m still so scatter-brained about the book because if I think about it too much it makes me sad.

King of Scars

By Leigh Bardugo

Are you noticing a pattern? It was a very Bardugo April, and I’m not upset about it. The link in the title is from my original review of the book. I haven’t decided if I’ll write a new one for this reread. I needed to reread King of Scars because my hold for Rule of Wolves came in and I couldn’t really remember what happened. Also, the last time I read it I hadn’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy so I wasn’t super clear on Zoya and Nikolai’s backstories. However, Bardugo does a great job of explaining things in her books so you don’t technically have to read everything in order. Having said that, this book tugs on my heart strings and I love all the characters (minus one and you probably know which one). I think Rule of Wolves is going to destroy me.

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