As I expected, April was a pretty great reading month. Indeed, with the self-isolation and online classes, I had a lot more time on my hands to read. I’m currently studying abroad in South Korea and, while the country is not in lockdown, everyone is trying to limit unnecessary travels and wanderings in the streets so, I’m spending a lot more time indoors.
I tried to read a little every single day this month, it’s sometimes hard for me to balance out my leisure time between TV shows, variety shows and reading, especially now that I’ve discovered a new love for Korean variety shows (2 Days 1 Night and Running Man are amazing!!). The OWLs readathon was a great way for me to focus more on reading, the challenges were very fun and I finished my last book the last day of the month!
I completed all the challenges for the Potioneer’s career, I didn’t completely stick to my TBR but that’s not a big deal since I managed to complete the 5 OWLs that I needed. Here are the books that I read for each challenge:
- Machina completed the Herbology challenge (“Mimbulus mimbletonia: Read a book that start with a M”).
- The Monster Baru Cormorant completed the Arithmancy challenge (“Magical qualities of number 2, balance/opposite: read something outside of your favorite genre”).
- Rogue Protocol completed the Potions challenge (“Shrinking solution: read a book less than 150 pages”).
- The Hunger Games completed the Care of Magical Creatures challenge (“Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover”).
- Beneath the Rising completed the Charms challenge (“Lumos Maxima: read a book with a white cover”).
- The Light Years by R.W.W. Greene ★★★★
- Machina by Fran Wilde, Malka Older, Curtis C. Chen & Martha Wells ★★★★ 1/2
- Clarkesworld #155 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★
- The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson ★★★
- Clarkesworld #156 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★
- Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells ★★★1/2
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ★★★★★
- Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohammed ★★★★
I had a great reading month but, I think that the highlight of the month was my re-read of The Hunger Games. I was kind of afraid I wouldn’t like it as much now than the first time I read it 8 or 9 years ago but, I still found this book very well-written and captivating. I think I understood Katniss more this time around: she makes a lot of hard decisions and I remember than when I was in middle-school, I didn’t get why she was so angry at the world. I get it a lot more now haha. And I’m also still a sucker for Peeta, he’s adorable.
- The Light Years by R.W.W. Greene
- Machina by Fran Wilde, Malka Older, Curtis C. Chen & Martha Wells
- The Quantum Garden by Derek Künsken
- Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
- Europe at Dawn by Dave Hutchinson
May Reading Plans
In May, I want to join in on the fun of Wyrd and Wonder, a month-long event dedicated to fantasy in all its glory (books, shows, movies, games, podcasts etc.) and hosted by Anna, Lisa and Jorie! I will make a separate TBR post with all the fantasy books I plan on reading next month (the post will go up tomorrow). However, I also want to read other things to prevent myself from having a fantasy burnout halfway through the month.
Here are some books that I would like to read in May:
- Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley
I have been reading this collection of short stories for months now! I received an ARC of it last year so, I really want to finally finish and review it. This collection has a couple of fantasy stories but also a lot of science fiction ones so I won’t count it for Wyrd and Wonder.
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I loved my re-read of The Hunger Games so much that I have to continue on with Catching Fire! 😀
- Clarkesworld #157 edited by Neil Clarke
I’m trying to catch-up on my issues of Clarkesworld, this is the last issue that I have left to read because after that, I cancelled my subscription. I am waaaaay behind on my short fiction issues, I have a ton of Interzone issues to read as well.