Another month, another thirty days of me being completely neglectful of this blog, my TBR, and my social media. 😂
I don’t even know what happened, guys. True, real life was (is) super busy, but that never really stopped me before. I guess it’s time to admit that I’m in a bit of a blogging slump? I’ve got a couple of posts drafted eons ago for exactly this reason, but then I realised if I keep posting them while I’m not around, I’ll end up neglecting any comments I get. Kind of a double-edged sword right there. 🙈
But anyway! Here’s what did get posted this month:
- Book Review: Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde | Generally fun and enjoyable, but personally lacking that fandom nostalgia feel I seek for.
- Book Review: You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner | Also fun and enjoyable, but not enough character development. 💁
- ARC/Book Review: Noteworthy – Riley Redgate | A diverse contemporary that is surprisingly more complex than the blurb hints. Also very authentic and respectful re: Chinese-American issues, bisexuality rep, queerness and trans visibility.
- Top Ten Bookish Green Flags | The things that make me go “HELL YES, BOOK”. 💚
- Book Review: Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor | Fantastic world-building, intriguing characters. A bit on the slow side because of the (too) descriptive writing.
Around the Blogosphere
Obviously I haven’t been around enough to really read all the amazing posts bloggers from all around the world have written this month, but here’s a select few:
- CW @ Read, Think, Ponder shares some prompts for when you’re stuck with your book reviews.
- Louise @ Genie Reads talks about ‘killing’ the Request button on NetGalley.
- Heather @ The Sassy Geek discusses unwanted book review requests.
- Beth @ Reading Every Night asks: is romance in YA fiction taking too much away from character development?
- Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader tells us what makes her follow a book blog.
- Wendy @ Written in Wonder talks about languages, storytelling, and translated books.
- Jordon @ Simply Adrift tells us how to write kick-ass content for our blog.
- Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight asks: is blogging a creative outlet?
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook teaches us the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
Most Anticipated Reads
Flame in the Mist – Renée Ahdieh
Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.
Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
Yes please. If this book is half as amazing as The Wrath and The Dawn, I think I’m in for an amazing time. 😍
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
Meet Rishi. He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
My excitement for this book is through the roof, you guys. It’s got one of my favourite tropes of all time (arranged marriages) and also happens to be diverse. 🙆
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
This one’s a tentative addition to the TBR, mostly because I have no idea if I’m going to get to it this month but I know I’m super intrigued. ONE DAY, THOUGH. 💃
How did your April go? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link to your wrap-up! ❄️