April Wrap-Up and May Reading Plans

This is going to be quick since I only read three books.. Yes three! It was the least productive reading month I had in years so that’s why I have been a bit absent from the Internet for the last couple of weeks. The good thing is, even if I wasn’t very productive the three things that I read I enjoyed A LOT so there is that!

Books Read

  • In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park ★★★★★
  • Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey ★★★★
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee [REREAD] ★★★★★

As you can see, two five stars rating and a four, April was good month for me!

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In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park is a nonfiction book, more precisely, it is a memoir of Yeonmi’s escape from North Korea and it was mindblowing. I almost never read nonfiction but I’m so glad I picked this up, it’s a hard read but it is fascinating and it made realize a lot of things about my own life. I know I sound extremely cheesy saying that but I mean it, I have always been fascinated by North Korea and how people lived there and reading Yeonmi’s story was hard but eye-opening and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone!

 

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Cibola Burn was good book to read after In Order to Live because of how different it is. I liked it a lot more than Abaddon’s Gate that I found a bit boring and had a hard time concentrating on (mind you, it could have been because I was listening to it) and it reminded me why I liked this series so much. The characters, the world and the adventures are really good and when you read an Expanse book, it feels like you are reading a blockbuster. The Expanse is not my favorite SF series but it is fun as hell and I really like it for that. (And also, Avasarala and Bobby!!)

27276118Speaking of my favorite SF series, I decided to re-read Ninefox Gambit because I just received an ARC of its sequel, Raven Stratagen (my thanks to Solaris I am sooo excited!), and I really wanted to experience the first book again. I am so glad I did because even though I found Ninefox Gambit amazing the first time around it was even better the second time. Indeed, this time I wasn’t confused during the first part of the book because I already knew how Yoon Ha Lee’s world worked. Yes this is not a book for everyone, I saw a bunch of mixed reviews lately saying that this was too complicated and the world made no sense. It is complex, true, but it is damn clever and I personally think that the world make sense as long as you don’t try to assimilate it to our own. Anyway, enough fangirling, as you can obviously see, I love this and it is a book that I will revisit many times in the future!

 

Currently Reading & TBR

I am basically currently reading the same things I was currently reading at the same time last month: The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu, Five Stories High edited by Jonathan Oliver and Empire’s End by Chuck Wending.

Since my reading schedule is all over the place, I don’t have a TBR but I would very much like to read Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee but we shall see if that’s actually going to happen!

 

Hope you had a good reading months! What were your favorite reads this April ?

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8 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up and May Reading Plans

  1. I didn’t get as much reading done in April, but favorite read for me was probably Skullsworn as well as a fantasy western horror called Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn that’s not out til July, but I’m already jumping up and down telling everyone about it because it was awesome!

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  2. I had trouble reading in April too, but hey, sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to deal with it! I expect to be back on track in June (May is another rough month for me). I think my favorite April book was Strange the Dreamer. Hope you get to lots of books this month!

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    • Absolutely! May isn’t going to be much better for me too because I have exams but I don’t want to put pressure on myself to read, I’ll just read what I can and hopefully it will be good books!
      Is Strange the Dreamer a sequel to her previous trilogy or is it a standalone ?

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  3. Ninefox Gambit is on my reading queue and so far I’ve let myself be somewhat distracted by the mixed reviews, but I’m too curious to worry about them – I only know I will need to start it at a time when my mind is free from everyday’s problems, that’s all.
    And The Expanse… ah, don’t make me start on how much I love this series! And Avasarala of course 🙂

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    • Ninefox Gambit is very confusing at the beginning because Yoon Ha Lee doesn’t give a lot of explanations at all and you have to figure everything out by yourself, however, once you understand how the world works, you will be in for a treat!
      Haha Avasarala is the best, I would read books just about her, she’s so hilarious and awesome!

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