April

April Recap

Why yes, we are basically three weeks into May and I’m just now recapping April. April ended with me spraining my stupid knee and having to sit around doing nothing, which you would think would make for a ton of internet time but you would be incorrect. I just didn’t feel like doing anything but all of the things I couldn’t do, of course, like taking a walk or going up the stairs like a normal person instead of a toddler.

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But actually as far as reading goes April was pretty swell so let me tell you about that. I read 5 books, and 49 comics. I definitely utilized the 24-hour readathon to plow through a whole stack of comics that I had built up and it was awesome.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – Nadia and Saeed fall in love as their country falls into war and chaos. This was so beautifully written and I’m so glad I bought it.

Gumption by Nick Offerman – Thanks to becoming recently obsessed with Parks and Rec, I knew that spending my commute listening to Offerman’s voice would be an A+ choice and it was. He talks about people he thinks are great. It’s more interesting in the beginning when he’s talking about historical figures. Near the end he talks about famous people or people who made movies and it’s not quite as exciting, but still good.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – This comes out on May 23rd and it’s the third in Kwan’s series about mega rich Asian families. If you haven’t read these books you should check them out, they’re funny and perfect summer reading.

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy  – This is what the Social Justice Book Club read in April and it was a fantastic pick. Equal parts horrifying and motivating, even though I didn’t see eye-to-eye with the author on quite everything.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (Book 3) by Derek Landy – I have the rest of the series on my shelf and I think I’ll pick up the fourth one soon. These books are fun because Skulduggery and his young teen sidekick Valkyrie are snarky, and this one ended with kind of a bang.

As far as all of those comics I read – some highlights were Saga Volume 6, Lady Killer issues 3 and 4, Black Panther and The Crew issue 1 (which, annoyingly Marvel has already cancelled because they’re assholes), and Fables Volume 19.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 5

Female authors: 1 (20%)

Non-white authors: 3 (60%)

Format breakdown: 2 print, 2 e-book, 1 audiobook

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 49

Female authors/illustrators: 27

Non-white author/illustrators: 18

Format breakdown: 19 print, 3 digital

I never got around to posting my May TBR on the blog either, but it’s on Instagram and pretty short and I’m making progress on it but somehow there’s only like a week and a half left in the month. How did that happen already?? Last week was Bout of Books and I stayed on the couch all weekend, and ended up reading 3 whole books so that was awesome.

Have you read anything interesting lately?

April Mini-Review Recap

Hey, April! Surprisingly, you were the best month so far this year! Strictly in a reading sense, of course. I managed to readbooks this month, and 36 issues of comics! Woot! So let’s see what we got.

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – The first #SJBC pick! And it was fantastic – a heartbreaking and rage-inducing look at the death penalty and criminal justice system.

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Dietland by Sarai Walker – I had some quibbles, but overall I really loved this novel that takes on fat-shaming, beauty culture, and feminism. The anger and furor depicted by the women in Dietland is so relatable.

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The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – Shonda deserves all the praise in the world, but this wasn’t my cup of tea. I was kind of bored.

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Radio Silence (Off the Grid #1) by Alyssa Cole – A really great post-apocalyptic romance novel featuring diverse cast of characters and some nice sexy times. I’m excited to read the others in the series.

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The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales – Lady assassins and mechanical arms and mysterious organizations, oh my. Fast and fun.

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes – A young boy has a particular knack for physics, and it ties into the family drama that tore his family apart. I loved the science aspect of it, but the family stuff got a little too cheesy for me.

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli – This tiny 80-paged book is gorgeously packaged, but overall not great. It boiled down some basic pillars of physics into tiny chapters, and the author got quite poetic, but meh.

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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter – #HAMILTOME! It’s fabulous for your eyes AND your ears.

Alrighty, now let’s get to them stats.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 8

#Readmyowndamnbooks: 2 (25% ouch)

Female authors: 4 (50 %)

Non-white authors: 5 (63%)

Format breakdown: 3 audiobook, 4 e-book, 1 print. I actually had other print books started but I ended up DNF-ing.

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 36

Female authors/illustrators: 12

Non-white author/illustrators: 9

Format breakdown: All print. I cancelled my Scribd membership, so this will probably be the norm for a while.

 

Not too shabby, April! I need to read more books that I already own, but what else is new. Have you read any of these?

~Sarah

 

April Monthly TBR

March wasn’t too bad, I guess. I finished six books, and read a literal crap ton of comics. Good job, March. And as another plus, the weather in March wasn’t complete shit! No big snow storms, from what I can remember, and temps into the 50’s at one point I think. Come on, spring! I’m ready for sunshine and warmth. It’d be nice for running outside to be an option again.

 

Alright, so let’s look at the books I’m eyeing for April. I specifically avoided library books this time around – I want to read some of my OWN books, or at the very least, books on the subscription services I’m paying for. I’m doing a free month trial of Scribd right now, and I have to say, so far I love it so much that I just may cancel Oyster and Audible. I’ll do a post about it when the free trial is up.

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From left to right…

  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina – I’ve heard so much raving over what a great YA book this is, and this is one of the books that my Ninja Book Swap partner sent me!
  • The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty – I’ve never read Paul Beatty, and this sounds really good. One of the blurbs on the back describes it as “Laugh-out-loud funny and weep-in-silence sad” – I mean, that just sounds fantastic.
  • I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum – I’ve been wanting to read this for a long while now. I’ve noticed lately just how frequent and casual slut-shaming is, and it’s kind of horrifying.
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – I first heard about this book during the Book Riot Christmas gift rec podcasts, and I’ve had it on my wishlist ever since. I was super excited to find it while browsing around Barnes and Noble this past weekend.
  • Borderlands: The Fallen by John Shirley – I still can’t believe that there are Borderlands novels! Squealing with excitement.
  • White Cat by Holly Black – Con artists! Always good for fun reading, right?
  • High Price by Dr. Carl Hart – This is a memoir about the author’s experiences with drugs and his research on drug use. This is on Scribd as an ebook AND an audiobook, and I’m really curious to experience Scribd on audio.
  • The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu – The third Tao book comes out on April 7th!!! This is buy-it-on-the-release-date exciting.

Comics:

  • The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson – Yes, Christopher Moore wrote a graphic novel! And Scribd has it! Oh man, I bet it’s going to be great.
  • The Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca – Scribd has eight volumes of this! I’m hoping to read at least the first and second this month.
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and others – I was kind of waiting until the first volume came out to really dig into this series, but the first 9 issues are on Scribd, so I’ll give it a go now!
  • Manhattan Projects: Volume 5 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra – I ordered this at my local comic shop, so it should be in soon. This series is so weird and science-y and fun.
  • As always, looking forward to the newest issues of Bitch Planet, Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel, Birthright, Thor, and more…

I’m super excited about my picks this month. Here’s hoping that I get to at least half of them! What are you aiming to read in April?

~Sarah

April Monthly TBR

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Jenn created Monthly TBR to show up the books you hope to get to within the upcoming month, and I love it. Feel free to visit her blog and join in! You know you wanna.

Hooray, April! My April pile is kind of huge, but let’s take a look at how I managed in March, mmkay?

March Monthly TBR completed

 

Woot! Look at all those red lines! The only one I never got to was Boneshaker, which is disappointing. Also I got about halfway through The Map of Time before I DNF-ed it. It just wasn’t holding my interest. In addition to the 8.5 books I read above, I also read The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding, The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green, and The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon. Take that, March!

Now, on to the April pile!

April Monthly TBR

 

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  • The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright – A general fiction pick that has been on my shelf for a long time now.
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – My classic pick for the month! Cause I really want to see that Joss Whedon movie that’s coming out, but I want to know the story already. This is one of those wussy editions that has the layman’s English on the opposite page, cause DUDE Shakespeare baffles me sometimes.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – We’re already halfway through this for the HP readalong.
  • Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde – Because I really want to catch up with this series!
  • Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines – Zombies and superheroes. I’m so excited to start this book.
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – I’m really trying to make a dent in the amount of unread fiction on my shelves…
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – This kid’s book looks so fun!
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam – This is a new sci-fi book that’s gotten a lot of really good reviews lately.
  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison – Again, fiction I need to read. Also, it’s really short.
  • Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman – A non-fiction pick. I’m reading this book right now. IT’S SO INTERESTING.
  • The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan – This is a non-fiction about a guy trying to make himself as apocalypse-ready as possible.
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – And yet MORE unread fiction from my shelves. You guys, I have a problem.

OKAY, so this may seem like a lot. But there are TWO readathons this month (the Weekday Readathon and the Dewey Readathon), so you know, that’s why I tried to pick a few shorter books. Plus I have a kid’s book in there. I’m optimistic!

I’m thinking about trying something for May – only reading from my own shelves, no library books. Which will be SO hard, but I really need to work on reading some of the hundreds of books I already own. What do you think?

What are you guys hoping to read in April? Tell me!

~Sarah