↠ My April started on SUCH a high note! I won tickets to an Edgar Allan Poe event held at one of our universities! Two award-winning short films were shown (The Cask of Amontillado and The Raven) and the directors were there to do a Q&A – turns out they (along with the film crew and actors) were local! AND both films were shot in Pittsburgh! They’re currently working on filming The Tell-Tale Heart.
↠ I discovered a new neighbor strolling down the street one morning before work. :)
↠ A cousin had a code for a free month of BarkBox – I couldn’t snatch it up fast enough! A link to the unboxing is below: spoiler, Bay helped open the box and loved everything inside. I had opted for the largest size (50lbs and up) even though she doesn’t weigh that much since she’s VERY rough with her toys and super strong and, well, BarkBox kind of let me down with one of the toys, but overall I’m pleased with the first box and will be getting a second.
↠ The weather has been beautiful lately, so in between our walks, Bay and I did a little birdwatching!
↠ Stephen King tickets went on sale and it was insane. The bookstore originally planned on selling them over the course of three days…they sold out in four hours. People were camped out overnight and everything!
↠ The farmers market opened for the season and I discovered a local ice cream company! They had some pretty interesting flavors (olive oil, salted caramel + goat milk, etc.) I also had to swing by my favorite juice bar!
↠ I voted!
A MURDER IN TIME BY JULIE MCELWAIN took me by surprise. An FBI agent botches a raid and winds up in 1815 England where she’s mistaken for a new maid and eventually aids the Duke in unmasking a serial killer. I was completely hooked and tore through this one!
THE DARKEST CORNERS BY KARA THOMAS is an excellent YA Thriller set just outside Pittsburgh! The testimony of two nine-year-old girls sent a man to Death Row and now, years later, one of the girls begins to wonder if the man they convicted is innocent. VERY quick and readable and oh so interesting.
SLEEPING GIANTS BY SYLVAIN NEUVEL has giant robots. Do I need to say more? A girl falls into a hole and lands in a giant hand. Years later she’s the leader of an elite team sent to uncover the rest of the body. Told through interview transcripts, e-mails, and camera footage, this book was not only a super quick read, but also ridiculously fun! Bonus: it’s set in Deadwood!
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI was SO beautifully written, the words were more like poetry. Inspired by Indian mythology and folklore, this one is about a girl cursed with a terrible horoscope upon birth. After a political move leaves her with a husband she has never met, Maya is whisked away to his homeland and uncovers some very interesting secrets. This was a total one-sitting read.