Happy April, you guys! How’s everyone been? 🍡
It’s now been almost a month since I moved back to Jakarta and I must say, things are actually going pretty well! I’ve always known I’m quite adaptable but I suppose I was expecting more… emotional resistance, especially on my own part, but so far so good. Perhaps it’s also because I’ve been incredibly busy that I haven’t really had the time to sit down and catch my breath (and I like it that way). 😂
Anyway! Here’s what I did in March:
- I finished up my Australian job. For the longest time I’ve been busy trying to train my replacement but I’ve faith that she’ll do fine from now on.
- I went to Bali for a weekend with my dad! We didn’t manage to do that much, but it was nice to just be away from the chaos that is Jakarta for a bit. 🙏
- I reconnected with old friends. Perhaps 90% of my high school classmates moved overseas for university, but it’s been a long time now and most everyone has returned.
And as for the blog…
- A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab | ★★★★☆ | Best. Ending. Ever. 😍
- Cloudwish – Fiona Wood | ★★★★☆ | Diverse #LoveOzYA. Not #OwnVoices, but very well-researched and authentic enough. Cover the refugee/immigrant experience.
- The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz (ARC) | ★★☆☆☆ | Disappointing. Monotonous writing style, stereotypical representation. Problematic during certain moments.
- The First Third – Will Kostakis | ★★★★☆ | Also diverse #LoveOzYA. #OwnVoices. Funny, heartfelt. Family-centric.
- Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★☆☆ | Not my favourite writing style, but interesting discussion on fate versus free will. Relevant. Recommended read for twentysomethings.
- Pretty Face – Lucy Parker | ★★★★★ | What I think contemporary romance should be like. Definitely a favourite. 🙌
- Who Am I Tag | In which I take random quizzes that very likely mean nothing at all. 🙈
- Let’s Talk: Improving Your Blog Commenting Game | Ah, the age-old blogger question: is commenting important, and how do I do it?
- Let’s Talk: What I Look For in a Book Blog | I used to be not-so-picky with my follows. Not anymore. 🙃
Around the Blogosphere
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders discusses how to make your redesign go smoothly and how to approach problematic books.
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters talks about finding your perfect blogging schedule.
- Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo asks: what makes a fantasy novel good for you?
- Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader talks about DNFing books.
- CW @ Read, Think, Ponder discusses loving characters with ‘difficult’ names. 🙏
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd asks: how do you prevent blogging burnout?
- Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads shares with us five things that makes her uninterested in a book blog.
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook tells us five ways to make other bloggers smile. Spread the love!
- Sophia @ infinitbr shares some tips for cheap Bookstagram equipment.
- Beth @ Reading Every Night discusses book-shaming and whether or not it’s present in our community. 🤔
- Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads tells us nine advantages of reading ebooks.
- Zee @ Eye Heart Romance asks: will you ever read the book if the movie sucked?
- Joséphine @ Word Revel gives us a lesson in Bookstagramming: props are not required!
- Jordon @ Simply Adrift tells us all the things she’s learned as a self-hosted blog.
- Lilyn @ Sci-Fi & Scary discusses the absence of non-impactive abusive behaviour in books.
- Tasya @ The Literary Huntress gives us a peek into her bullet journal and tells us how she uses it! 📕
- Cilla @ Paved with Books asks: what makes a book romance ship-worthy?
Most Anticipated Reads
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
I received a review copy for this one but haven’t had the chance to read it yet! I’m just hoping there’s no insta-love, because I’ve been burned before… 😅
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
Finally picking this one up. 💝
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalils name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Aka one of everyone’s most anticipated YA releases this year. I’ve heard such rave reviews but haven’t had time yet. 🙏
How did your March go? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! 💚