March 2020 Wrap-Up

March started out a crappy year for reading. Spring Break happens mid-March, which means EVERY class decides the week prior to Spring Break it’s time for another exam. Which is not conducive to reading. And then the quarantine announcements came and suddenly studying looked much less appealing and books and alcohol much more.

The end of March also means the end of the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge, which, until the beginning of the month, I had completed about half of. And so came the creative shuffling of squares (read:  ‘yeah I think the book I read almost a year ago had a vampire character probably?’ and the like) and the speed-reading of a shit-ton of novellas. With 23 hours to go, I did manage to finish it and you can read about my full bingo card here!

Books Read:

All books (except Code Geass) will be reviewed in time, but I am slow and lazy

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard – (4/5)

  • Trippy, delightful, and very sapphic. A fun sci-fi retelling of Sherlock Holmes. Also there’s a lot of tea.

Binti by Nnedi Okafor – (4/5)

  • An #OwnVoices sci-fi novella ft. a character with math powers!!

The Deep by Rivers Solomon – (3/5)

  • A hauntingly beautiful novella about the mermaids born from the bellies of drowned pregnant women. I enjoyed the worldbuilding and prose but I wasn’t a fan of the MC

Ninth Step Station by Malka Ann Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Curtis C. Chen – (4/5)

  • A fun serial police audio drama set in futuristic wartorn Tokyo ft. extensive drone usage and some extremely creative bio-augments

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz – (4/5)

  • Cute slice-of-life novella with robots and ace rep. Unfortunately, SoL bores me

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang – (4/5)

  • A fantastic Asian-inspired fantasy novella with lyrical prose and immersive worldbuilding

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – (2/5)

  • Adelina Amouteru is Edgy™, makes bad decisions, and acts surprised when the situation gets worse.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson – (4.5/5)

  • My first grim epic fantasy novel and wow I was not prepared. Chock full of gore. Love it.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Stage 0: Entrance – Goro Taniguchi – (3/5)

  • I’ve never seen Lelouch Lamperouge written so out-of-character and I used to read a lot of Code Geass fanfic

Written Reviews

All reviews written for this month can be found in the links above. I have one non-March book review, which happens to be a book I received a long time ago and never got around to reviewing.

Other Posts

Occasionally I write things besides reviews! Or sometimes they’re just posts about books I plan to read/have read. Check them out!

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