April was an okay month, but I somehow didn’t read any books that really blew me away. Most of my reads were 3-4 stars, with a couple being 4.5, but I barely gave out any 5 stars this month.
🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 4
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: 0
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 2
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 0
🦊 Total: 26
STATE OF THE ARC
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🦄 Review copies read: 5
🐇Review copies remaining: 12
POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH
- Once & Future: King Arthur in Space and Also Queer [ review ]
- Ollie Oxley and The Ghost: A Middle Grade Ghost Adventure [ review ]
- Play it Again: Long-Distance Romance Between Youtubers [ review ]
- Have I Played This Yet? | D
- The Queer International Romance We Deserve: Red, White & Royal Blue [ review ]
- Gender Queer: The Memoir Teen-Me Needed [ review ]
- The Love Song of Sawyer Bell: Awesome Bi Rep and Musicians [ review ]
- OWLs 2019 Wrap-Up
🏳️🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation
✡️ Jewish representation
🏳️🌈💐 Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy: A sci-fi retelling of the King Arthur myths where King Arthur is a queer teenage girl, and pretty much everyone else in the cast is queer as well. This is supposed to be a duology, and I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Still, I had some issues and I think this would have worked better as NA than YA.
🏳️🌈🌱✡️ Play It Again by Aidan Wayne: Nonbinary author, blind Jewish bisexual MC & homoromantic asexual MC with anxiety. This is a sweet, relatively short romance with a long-distance relationship and learning how to be a YouTube sensation.
🏳️🌈 Chimes at Midnight, The Winter Long & A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire : I still adore the October Daye series, even if it’s really bad for my nerves. I also love that most of the prominent side characters are queer, although my favourite was still only confirmed in short stories and not in the main books, which I really hope changes soon.
🏳️🌈Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk: Another nonbinary author, with a historical paranormal romance that has witches and cat shifters. Somehow, my obsession with Toby Daye came with an obsession with both faeries and cat shifters, so I’m looking for more stories like this, and this one was pretty good.
🏳️🌈 The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale: F/F love story with two musicians, with bi and ace side characters. I really enjoyed this one.
Ólomerdő by Csilla Kleinheincz: A Hungarian fantasy book with fae, because apparently I’m having a fae phase at the moment. I had some issues with the ending, but I rarely read Hungarian fantasy so this was pretty good compared to what I expected.
NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH
Last month, I got way too many ARCs and only bought one book – this month, it’s the other way around. Only two ARCs accepted, and I have already read both of them.
I did buy five books, but three of those were used and cost as much together as one new book separately, and the Seanan McGuire books were Easter gifts, so my father paid for them. I’m excited about all five of these, so I might get to them during Moody May!
The plan was to play all the Assassin’s Creed games I own in order, to understand the modern story better, but… yeah, that didn’t happen. I was really struggling with the first game, and when I realised that I was just mindlessly doing the quests and not paying much attention to the story anyway, I decided to skip it. Maybe I’ll return one day, but the second game is already much more interesting.
I also did one chapter of The Longest Journey, but I’m still not enjoying it much. I have this thing where I play new games in a series, love them, and then try to play the older ones and regret it very soon. I have the same problem with The Witcher and Fallout as well.
I’ve also played some of AC: Rogue, and grabbed AC: Unity while it was free, although unfortunately the latter lags too much to be enjoyable.
How was your reading month? Tell me about the best or worst books you read!