April Mini-Review Recap

Alright, so 6 books (well, plus 2 graphic novels). That’s pretty good, April. Let’s see the tiny thoughts.


King Maker by Maurice Broaddus – This is a fantasy novel set in the ghetto of Philadelphia – such a great premise, and I liked some of the characters. Buuuut it felt short for me because it took way too long to actually get to the fantasy element, and even then, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I did love that it was set in an urban setting and focused on a lot of social issues, that was the strongest part. There’s definitely some potential in the writing.

Buzzing Easter Bunnies by Nick Spalding – Oh right, this is just a short little novella I read. Spalding is pretty funny.


Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – REALLY great fantasy novel. Per the author himself on Twitter: “If you’ve never read my novel, you should change that. There’s ghuls & a lion-woman & a revolution & a fat old hero.” Exactly.


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – The writing was rough in the beginning, but overall not a bad job for a debut novel about the story of Oz being kind of flipped on it’s head. I’ll probably read the sequels.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud – I read this graphic novel during the readathon and  I basically soared through those 500 pages. Really good.

 The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson – I was looking forward to this graphic novel for a long time, because I’m a big Moore fan. I finally read it since it was Scribd, buuuut it was a bit of a letdown. The writing didn’t really feel like the Moore I’m used to.


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine – Such an incredibly powerful poetry collection, focusing on race and the black experience, and touching on the recent young black individuals killed by police. I’m glad The Socratic Salon picked this book to discuss soon.


The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu – This is the third (and probably last) book in the Tao series, and it’s a really great ending. I mean, I’ll be happy if Chu writes more Tao books, but this was a satisfying ending. I love the whole trilogy so hard and love seeing them on my shelf.

Alright, and now time for my April stats. As a reminder, I’m counting the graphic novels as 1 “issue” in these stats.


Books read: 6

Female authors: 2 (33%)

Non-white authors: 5 (83%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 3 e-book

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 84 (!)

Female authors/illustrators: 3 

Non-white authors/illustrators: 13

Format breakdown: 50 print, 34 e-book

See what I mean about the comics? I attribute this to 2 things – I focused on comics for most of the readathon (I read 32 issues that day, I think), and I’ve been reading comics on Scribd. I FINALLY have a way to read comics in bed, without needing the light on. Reading a couple issues before I fall asleep definitely helped up those stats.

I’m bummed I didn’t finish any audiobooks this month. I’ve started High Price by Dr. Carl Hart, but I’ve been listening to more podcasts (Book Riot, Fanboys at Large, and Oh Comics) and my commute is a few minutes shorter, so that just hasn’t been happening.

Alright, I’m going to stop rambling and go read. Have you read any of the books above?




  1. That is a TON of reading in April!

    I haven’t read any of them, though I’m fascinated by Citizen. I’ve seen it on display at the library, so I’ll have to go check it out.


  2. We’re super excited about the Citizen discussion too. It’s the first poetry I’ve read in FOREVER.

    I’ve been thinking about trying Scribd too… not sure if I can justify it though. It’s not like I don’t have 14 million things to read already, ha ha.


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