Book Ishness April 2020!

Um, excuse me, HOW are we so far into April already? I blame Camp NaNo. *nervous laughter*

Anyway, I have a list of just a few upcoming book releases, and a recap of my March reads, to share with y’all today! ^_^

April Book Releases

I’m SO excited about this month’s releases! Look how pretty! ā¤

(Titles link to Goodreads and I will also be unlazy and leave pre-order links too. XD)

Winter Spell – Claire M. Banschbach(April 24) Faeries. Glorious winter vibes. Story of unlikely friendships and some of my fave characters! (Seriously, Dorian and August and Tonya and Princess Diane are absolutely delightful.) So much awesome! (Pre-order/pre-order goodies info.) Disclaimer: I was an editor for this but I adore it!
War Bound – Tara Grayce(April 21) Sequel to Fierce Heart. (So, like, go read that if you haven’t. XD) Elves. A dash of steampunk with trains and steamboats and things. A marriage of alliance — which is ADORBZ. And Farrendel, who is the Most Epic Elf Warrior. ā¤ Plus, Essie’s brothers! I just really enjoyed this one. šŸ˜€ (Pre-order link.) Disclaimer: Yes, I edited this, but it’s just really good!
The Last Atlantean – Emily Hayse — (April 28) Lighthouse and storms and Atlantis and all of the things? Yes please! It just sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it! šŸ˜€ (Pre-order/pre-order goodies signup.)

Books I Read in March 2020

(Featuring blue flowers with my new Instagram theme for spring which is making me really happy! ^_^)

I had a stunningly good reading month in March — for which I mostly blame March Magics. šŸ˜‰

Here are the things I read last month, by category!

(If you want to read more about any of these, you can find them on Goodreads here.)


  • Marigold and the Snoring King – J. D. Rempel — I won an ebook of this in a giveaway and aww! ^_^ Such a charming, adorable, fun, and funny picture book! šŸ™‚ The pictures were great and the story was so much fun. It made me smile! I loved it. ā¤
  • The Four Donkeys – Lloyd Alexander — I’ve been wanting to read this for YEARS but never prioritized it since it’s just a picture book. But I finally got it for my birthday last month and it. was. delicious. Lloyd Alexander’s wry humor and gentle wisdom and alive characters are simply the best! It’s like a comical fable and the pictures are delightful. AND it had an adorable otter in it, which I didn’t know until I read it, so it was just PERFECT for my birthday! I loved it so, so much. ^_^
  • Saint George and the Dragon – Geraldine McCaughrean — I also got this for my birthday and enjoyed it — particularly some of the stunning art. I felt like the end was sad, and it was more historical-based than the delicious picture book of the same title with Trina Schart Hyman’s amazing illustrations — so I prefer that one, but I’m glad I got to read this one. I adore McCaughrean’s writing!


  • Scoundrels (Star Wars) – Timothy Zahn — I re-read this aloud and had an absolute BLAST! If you only read one Star Wars book, ever, make it this one. šŸ˜€ I don’t care what you think about the canon or non-canon books, or about the new or old movies, or anything — just know that this book is a blast. XD It’s a DELIGHTFUL heist story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, featuring Han, Chewie, and Lando! It’s a favorite and I had way too much fun re-reading it! (And doing the voices. XD) I need to read more Zahn. I loved this and his Heir to the Empire trilogy!
  • Fire and Hemlock – Diana Wynne Jones — I re-read this for March Magics and it. was. incredible. I got so much more out of it on the second read, but it still had that magic the first time did. I just love it so, so much. ā¤ (Thomas Lynn is the best!)


I recapped these in my March Magics wrapup post, so I won’t be detailed here.

  • The Islands of Chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones — Delightful! Islandssss!
  • Thief of Time – Terry Pratchett — A blast, and I love all the time stuff. XD
  • A Hat Full of Sky – Terry Pratchett — The Feegles! XD


  • Emberhawk – Jamie Foley(ARC) This was definitely a new favorite and I had so much fun reading it! Awk! Full review here.
  • Adorning the Dark – Andrew Peterson(Non-fiction) I’ve been reading at least one nonfiction about writing each month this year. I loved Adorning the Dark and totally recommend it to all creatives. I’m turning into a serious Andrew Peterson fan. XD I’ve still only read the first Wingfeather Saga book (but hope to read the second one soon), but I heard so many good things about this that I had to read it. It was inspiring and I adored it. I’m starting to listen to his music, particularly this Easter, and I’ve been really enjoying that too.
  • If Wishes Were Curses – Janeen Ippolito(Audiobook) I finally finished this! (It takes me an embarrassingly long time to finish audiobooks sometimes. XD) I don’t read much urban fantasy so I didn’t know what to expect, but I quite enjoyed this, and the narrator was sooo much fun! I loved the otter shifter character, and somehow I keep ending up reading about vampires but for some reason I didn’t mind. XD It’s a smidge more NA so there’s a bit of language and stuff if you mind that but it’s cleanish (I hear a lot of urban fantasy is NOT. XD) and I didn’t really notice since I was listening to the audiobook. XD Anyway, it’s really fun and I had a blast! I’m starting to listen to the second one. šŸ™‚ So yeah, this is imaginative and fun and totally worth checking out if you love urban fantasy!


  • And of course I’ve been reading a few serials, and things for copyediting work or beta-reading. šŸ™‚
  • So much reading! I’m very happy. ^_^

This month I’m focusing a lot on editing work and Camp NaNo, but if I have time to catch up on review books as well, I would love to do that . . . since I’m low-key planning to take a sort of semi-vacation in May, stepping back from social media and just hoping to recharge some. We’ll see if I catch up this month and earn it! šŸ˜‰

If you need me, I’ll be trying to keep up with Camp NaNo! XD

Any familiar books or books you’re excited about in this post? And are you reading anything good these days? Let me know in a comment! Thanks for reading! šŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Book Ishness April 2020!

  1. Iā€™m so glad somebody else has read Fire and Hemlock! That book is remarkable. Does your edition come with the essay she wrote explaining all the myth references in it, and what the ending means? I was so confused by that ending the first time I read it. šŸ˜€

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    • Aahh, yes, it’s such an amazing book! I always get excited when I hear others have read it. *high five* My edition… does not. O_O But I have read an essay about in in her nonfiction book Reflections: On the Magic of Writing, which did mention myths and a bit about the ending, so perhaps it’s the same one?? I was confused about the ending too. XD I think I got it a bit better this time, and her essay helps. Love this book so much!


      • Yeah, that’s the same essay. I gave away my old copy of Fire and Hemlock, and the new edition that just came out includes the essay. I was very happy. Have you read Hexwood? It’s all out of order, and the characters KNOW this. It’s high fantasy and also science fiction. And I just love Mordion.

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        • That’s so cool it’s in the new edition! OH MY WORD, YES, I ADORE HEXWOOD SO MUCH!! I reread it last year but I already have the urge to read it again. MORDION IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! *fangirling because I’m so excited you love Hexwood too*

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  2. A friend gifted me Fierce Heart on Kindle because she loved it so much and thought I would too! šŸ˜€ I’m soooo excited to read it EEP! I didn’t realize you were the editor for those books (or just the sequel?) :O That makes it even MORE special!

    I love that you’ve been adding a dash of picture books and nonfiction to your reads. That’s so fun! I really need to read more nonfiction books myself. Andrew Peterson’s sounds GREAT!

    Looks like it was suuuch a great reading month! I hope you’re able to get all your writing/editing/beta-reading done this month because you TOTALLY deserve a break! ā¤

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    • Aahh, that’s so cool! I ADORED Fierce Heart and I think you’ll love it too! I just read that one to prep for editing the second and loved it! (Yep, just the editor for book 2, but I may have loved that one even more if possible??)

      Picture books are fun when I feel like I don’t have time to read. XD I don’t read much nonfiction but I’m trying to make an effort. šŸ˜› It is!

      Thank youuu! I’m hoping so! I hope you have a good reading month too!


  3. I’m currently reading Adorning the Dark, after having had it since Christmas (I’m using it as capstone research, so it counts as classwork, yay), and it is SO GOOD. Also, I think I need to pick up Scoundrels, but that probably won’t happen for a while yet. šŸ˜›

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    • Hurray! And that’s so cool it counts as classwork! :O I soundly blame you for getting me into Andrew Peterson. šŸ˜‰ I think you’d enjoy Scoundrels! I hear you. So many books, so little time… and libraries. šŸ˜›


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