I’d say April wasn’t the best reading month for me (despite the
700K WC very long Chinese webnovel), but in my defense, all of the projects I’d put off for the entirety of March reared back up and I had to take responsibility. And also I had to at least attempt at studying for finals, open book/notes or not.
Bookwise, I had a fairly large range of ratings. A 5, two 4s and two 3s. I suppose not my best month in terms of picking good reads.
In May news, I’ll be participating in the Asian Readathon, so expect all books read next month to be written by Asian authors, predominantly feature Asian settings, or both!
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee – 4/5
- A striking fantasy novel inspired by the Japanese occupation of Korea, with dragons, paint-based magic, and a cinnamon roll main character who just wants to make art damnit
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (partial ARC) – 3/5
- Well-executed sci-fi with an interesting female main lead, but full of current sci-fi tropes and lacking in new and creative ideas. Not sure if I’ll end up reading the whole book.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – 5/5
- Subtle yet captivating, a beautiful Asian inspired novella that manages to paint a beautiful and complex world with barely 100 pages
Heaven’s Official Blessing/天官赐福 by 墨香铜臭 – 5/5
- The main couple will be the death of me. They’re so wholesome. And perfect. This whole (really really long) web novel is just beautiful. Also there’s 800 years of suffering. Yeah I might have read this one in two days.
The Angel of Crows by Katherine Addison – 3.5/5
- This is urban fantasy Sherlock wingfic. That isn’t gay. With the least interesting Watson I’ve read yet. Damnit I wanted to like it more but it just dragged
All reviews written for April books can be found in the links above.
Lots of non-review content this month! I’m trying out a new schedule where reviews for Friday and other book-related content for Tuesdays. It’s a little less ambitious than my previous M/W/F posting schedule, which lightens the burden for a me a little. Of course, if I read a lot of books in one week, I might go back to M/W/F for a week or two so the backlog isn’t too long.