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A Million Junes

A Million Junes - Emily Henry

The O'Donnells and the Angerts have hated each other for generations. June O'Donnell was ready to keep that hatred going and avoid the Angerts, but that plan got wrecked when she literally ran into Saul Angert who had just returned to town. The two were drawn to one another despite June's best efforts to not be attracted to an Angert, and their time together caused June to begin to question everything she knew about their families' pasts. With a curse hanging over their heads, the two must work together to learn the truth before the curse strikes their families again.

 

I fell in love with June shortly into the book. She's very sarcastic and had me cracking up with her banter with her best friend, Hannah, and Saul. Hannah and Saul also had great lines and won me over quickly. The three of them were fun to follow and watch interact with one another. I loved June and Hannah's friendship. The two of them were very different from one another, but were so close and constantly caring and worrying about each other. June kept Hannah in the loop on the supernatural shenanigans that were happening to her. They felt like best friends.

 

And June and Saul hit it off right away with the banter too. June felt like she had to hate him because he was an Angert, but she couldn't help but be charmed by him from their very first meeting, so she covered her confused feelings with sarcasm and teasing which Saul was more than capable of matching. They were pretty adorable.

 

The supernatural elements started off low-key. June was revealed to be able to see a couple ghosts that haunt her lands right from the start with one of those ghosts being a sign of danger to come. A conversation between June and Saul revealed a few more magical elements of the O'Donnell's land like coywolves that take shoes, but don't touch the chickens. But after Saul and June meet, June got her first vision of the past when she returned home. The visions played out sporadically across the story, slowly revealing the mystery of what started the feud between the two families generations ago, but also forcing Saul and June to face the losses they've had in their lives.

 

More than anything, this was a story about grief and learning to move on from it. The use of a family feud spanning generations really helped to demonstrate how holding onto pain just continued the cycle for the families again and again. This theme really came through with the reveal of what started the feud and what was behind the curse of the families.

 

With compelling characters and plenty of humor, A Million Junes managed to charm me immediately. It wasn't all laughs since both June and Saul were coming to terms with loss in their family and the event of started the family feud was not a happy once, but the book balanced the pain and humor well so that the grief was never overwhelming. It was a beautiful read.

Monday's Not Coming

Monday's Not Coming - Tiffany D. Jackson

Claudia's best friend, Monday, is missing, but she can't get anyone to believe her. Monday's mother claims Monday is with her father, while Monday's sister says she's with her aunt. Monday hasn't shown up to school, but the school hasn't checked on her. And Claudia's parents don't want her worrying about it. Claudia knows something is wrong. But how can she get anyone else to believe her?

 

This book was frustrating to read at times simply because there were so many adults turning a blind eye to an obvious problem. Seeing Claudia try again and again to ask for help only to find none got painful. Especially since the book told you from the start how long it will take for Monday to be found, so you knew all of Claudia's early attempts were doomed to fail because it's too soon.

 

The biggest issue I had with the book was the timeline. The book had several different timelines that it jumped between. The timelines included the expected Before and After, but what made it confusing were the One Year Before the Before and Two Years Before the Before timelines. It was hard to keep them all straight early on. It all eventually made sense, but that didn't make easy before that point and that confusion detracted from the story.

 

What did shine through in the book were the emotions Claudia felt over Monday's disappearance. Claudia's pain was apparent throughout the entire novel, and the timelines set before Monday's disappearance established their relationship well. Monday meant a lot to Claudia and her disappearance caused big changes in Claudia's life beyond just not having her best friend that Claudia simultaneously was dealing with as she also tried to find her friend. Basically Claudia was a mess during the book for a number of reasons and that came across very well.

 

Monday's Not Coming was well-written and packed an emotional punch, but the structure with the multiple timelines took some of that punch away by adding confusion to a narrative that didn't benefit from it. Despite that, it was an overall enjoyable, although painful, read.

Bodysuit Fetish

Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki

When Yoji asks the cosplay club if they could create some costumes and model to advertise the video games his club will be selling at a convention, the cost they give for it is not something they can afford. But their main costume designer, Toma, offers to make the costumes for free if Yoji will model for him. Yoji accepts the deal, but the modeling ends up being a bit different from what he expected.

 

This book is just silly, but sexy, fun. Toma wants a model for inspiration, but not how one would expect. He has a clothing fetish and gets turned on touching guy's body's covered in fabric. He uses that to reward himself and inspire creativity. But he's also upfront about what he's doing and asks permission from Yoji before touching him. Toma's pretty good about checking in anytime he wants to try something new to make sure Yoji is fine with it, explicitly telling him early on that he won't do something if Yoji doesn't want him to do it. There is really only one point I can recall where Yoji pushes things and he is immediately apologetic. And part of the issue is mutual misunderstanding on both parts from a lack of communication when it comes to feelings that lead both to get upset because they think they've upset the other. This is where talking helps. It doesn't happen right away, but eventually they get there.

 

Yoji and Toma's relationship is cute. Obviously it starts off physically, but the two bond over mutual admiration for one another's design skills (fashion for Toma and character for Yoji) and their shared understanding of what it's like to get so focused on designing when inspiration hits that everything else just disappears. And eventually they realize they've developed feelings. Which take even longer to then express. Basically, the two of them do quite a bit together physically before they figure things out emotionally.

 

The extra story at the end is also a funny one where Yoji tries to surprise Toma by dressing up as his favorite hero who started his whole clothing fetish years ago. Only it's Yoji who ends up being surprised when he finds out just how many roleplaying fantasies Toma has for that hero and the two act out several of them.

 

Overall, I really love this book. The art is great. The relationship is sexy and charming. And it's just a fun read.

SPOILER ALERT!

Powder Snow Melancholy Vol. 1+2 (Complete Series)

Powder Snow Melancholy Vol. 1 - Saki Tsukahara

When Kousuke injures his arm while saving Ryouto in a snowboarding incident during a trip, Ryouto feels guilty and helps take care of him. Ryouto typically avoids Kousuke out of jealousy because the girls Ryouto likes always like Kousuke instead, but this interaction reveals a new side to Kousuke that Ryouto's never seen and forces him to reconsider his feelings toward him.

 

The BL (boys' love) genre is one plagued with consent issues, unfortunately. Starting a new BL manga always has me wondering if I'm going to run into something, and the answer is usually yes. Such is the case here. Kousuke is aggressive, forcing himself on Ryouto early on in the story. He eventually backs off completely once he realizes he's scared Ryouto, only making contact again when Ryouto reaches out. They enter into a trial relationship at Ryouto's request where Kousuke precedes to push boundaries by trying to move things faster than Ryouto wants or by smalls displays of PDA that Ryouto's not ready for yet. But these issues end once Ryouto ends the trial relationship and asks to start a real relationship. It is at that point the story also gets much more enjoyable.

 

Watching Ryouto and Kousuke navigate their new relationship when a pretty big challenge pops up was fun and it brought a place I love into the mix. Kousuke loves skateboarding and plans to go pro. He gets an opportunity to train at Whistler for a year and the two struggle with how a long distance relationship would work. They both have conflicted feelings about him going and try to ignore the issue at first before it quickly becomes obvious that's not going to work.

 

Every mention of Whistler was fun for me because I've been on those mountains a number of times, so I actually recognized the places they were talking about. There wasn't a ton of Whistler talk, but it was a nice bonus for me.

 

There is an issue in the extras which brings the story down for me though. While the story already has the above mentioned consent issues, the extra adds a flashback that makes things much worse. The extra is from Kousuke's point of view and shows how he's been silently pining for Ryouto the past 3 years.

Until he finds Ryouto passed out drunk alone at a party one night and proceeds to make out with and fondle his unconscious body while masturbating. Then he cleans things up and acts like he just found him so he can get Ryouto's friends to help get him home.

(show spoiler)

The whole thing left me feeling gross. Scenes like that are why part of me is always wary while I'm reading any BL manga for the first time. I never know when sexual assault is suddenly going to appear.

 

Despite that, I enjoyed the series overall. The art was great. And once the couple was together (after the sexual assault and boundary pushing was finished), they were fun to see navigating their relationship. But Powder Snow Melancholy does have consent issues and sexual assault which will, understandably, make it a hard pass for some.

July Books

I read 33 books this month with an average score of 3.89 stars. 18 of my books were young adult and 7 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary and romance.

 

 My favorite books are quite a bit different from each other. Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson is a nonfiction book featuring women who aren't well-known in history, and Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki is a BL manga where one of the main characters has a fabric fetish and gets the other to model for him in exchange for costume designing skills. My least favorite book was Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition - Greg Capullo,Scott Snyder which was a big crossover in the DC universe where the Dark Multiverse is discovered and beings from there (led by Dark Knights/evil Batmen) invade Earth.

 

 

5 Stars

The Universe is Expanding and So Am I - Carolyn Mackler Unmasked by the Marquess - Cat Sebastian My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel - Kitty Curran,Larissa Zageris  Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson  

 

 

4.5 Stars

Anger Is a Gift - Mark Oshiro Smoke in the Sun - Renee Ahdieh  The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager  Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han 

 

4 Stars

Our Little Secret - Roz Nay  Public Relations - Katie Heaney,Arianna Rebolini  The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang  The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz  The Art of Feeling - Laura Tims  Mystik U - Alisa Kwitney,Mike Norton,Jordie Bellaire  The Fragile Ordinary - Samantha Young  My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Cynthia Hand,Jodi Meadows  The Masked Tutor and the Innocent Shut-In - Arakata Wonder Woman/Conan - Aaron Lopresti,Gail Simone  Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - Brian Michael Bendis,Sara Pichelli   A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, Book Two) - Jessica Cluess  

 

3.5 Stars

From Twinkle, with Love - Sandhya Menon Nothing Happened - Molly Booth Wild Bird - Wendelin Van Draanen 

 

3 Stars

Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl Kill All Happies - Rachel Cohn A Daring Sacrifice - Jody Hedlund  Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton A Sister's All You Need., Vol 1 (light novel) - Yomi Hirasaka Rules of Rain - Leah Scheier  Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White - John Feinstein  Tyler Johnson Was Here - Jay Coles 

 

2.5 Stars

Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition - Greg Capullo,Scott Snyder 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 7
  • Female: 23
  • Male/Female Mix: 1
  • Unknown: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 20
  • Audio: 13

 

June Books

 I had a really good month with 47 books. Part of that number was helped by the fact that I decided to clear out my reading list by reading some of my shorter books. In addition to reading 11 graphic novels this month, 13 of my books were under 300 pages (and 2 of those were even under 100 pages). I also finished several series I started years ago (IrredeemableRed QueenPrincess Jellyfish, and Assassination Classroom). My binge of The Dragonian series which started right at the end of May also ended in June. It was a productive reading month.

 

26 of my books were young adult. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

 

My favorite books were Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid  and Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi. My least favorite was Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli.

 

 

5 Stars

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations - Amy Chua  Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid  Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi  So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo  Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay  

 

4.5 Stars

Irredeemable Premier Vol. 4 - Mark Waid,Peter Krause,Diego Barreto Speak Easy, Speak Love - McKelle George  To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan  Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake  P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han  Princess Jellyfish 1 - Akiko Higashimura  

 

4 Stars

Thunderlight - Adrienne Woods  Spring Awakening - Steven Sater,Duncan Sheik  Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz  Interlude with Tattoos - K.J. Charles  Undead Girl Gang - Lily Anderson  This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today - Chrissy Metz  Frostbite - Adrienne Woods  Moonbreeze - Adrienne Woods  Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill  Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen - Jazz Jennings  Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman  Irredeemable Premier Vol. 5 - Mark Waid,Damian Couceiro,Diego Barreto  Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us - Amanda Carpenter  Supergirl: Being Super - Joëlle Jones,Mariko Tamaki  Assassination Classroom (暗殺教室) 1 [Ansatsu Kyoushitsu vol. 1] - Yuusei Matsui  Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel - William Ritter  Not the Girls You're Looking - Aminah Mae Safi  Lies You Never Told Me - Jennifer Donaldson  

 

3.5 Stars

The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth Blood Water Paint - Joy McCullough  War Storm (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard Listen to Your Heart - Kasie West Final Draft - Riley Redgate  

 

3 Stars

Snow White: A Graphic Novel - Matt Phelan,Matt Phelan Deadly Class Volume 2: Kids of the Black Hole - Wes Craig,Rick Remender,Lee Loughridge  Starlight - Adrienne Woods Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change - Bonnie Burton  The Lies They Tell - Gillian French Generation X Vol. 1: Natural Selection - Christina Strain,Amilcar Pinna My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma Love & Other Carnivorous Plants - Florence Gonsalves  

 

2.5 Stars

Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody  Crazy Beautiful - Lauren Baratz-Logsted Snotgirl Vol. 1: Green Hair Don't Care - Leslie Hung,Leslie Hung,Mickey Quinn,Bryan Lee O'Malley  

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 36
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 26
  • Audio: 21

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart - Kasie West

When Kate signed up for the school's podcasting class, she didn't expect to be picked as one of the cohosts of the show. Nor did she expect to recognize one of the callers as Diego, the crush of her best friend, who called in to ask for some advice on his crush. And she really didn't expect to begin to develop feelings herself for Diego as she tried to help him and her best friend, Alana, get together.

 

Before I get into what I liked about this book, and I did like things, I just have to say that I hated Kate's podcasting class and teacher. At the beginning, Kate told her fellow cohost, Victoria, that she hated the name Kat, but was fine with Kate (her full name is Kathryn). Victoria preceded to call her Kat on the podcast, which Kate repeatedly corrected. Victoria ignored this. The editing team then removed every instance of Kate correcting her name so that it seemed like she was fine with being called Kat. The teacher heard the podcast and reviewed the edits and said nothing about any of this and started calling her Kat too. When Kate was complaining about how much she hated the name Kat and didn't like the fact that everyone was ignoring her about it, the group she was talking to about it, which included her best friend and her cousin all said she should just go with it because it was a cool name for her podcasting persona. I just was mad at everyone at this point. If someone says not to call them something because they don't like it, then don't call them that. Call them the name they ask. Don't be a jerk.

 

And the podcasting teacher just did not impress in general. Anytime a student made any kind of request, the teacher would force the student to do the exact opposite of whatever they had asked because the teacher knew what the student truly wanted. At the beginning, Kate was told she was one of the hosts of the podcasts. When Kate said she didn't want to be a host, the teacher laughed at her and asked if she really thought she wouldn't have to speak in podcasting class. Considering only 2 students have to speak out of the entire class, that actually wasn't a ridiculous thought. When Kate still asked to not do it, the teacher told her she obviously took the class for a reason. (Sidenote: the real reason Kate took the class was just to be in a class with her best friend. You don't know your students better than they know themselves, teacher.) Kate then told her she wanted to learn the behind-the-scenes stuff for making a podcast, which she won't get hands-on experience for if she's forced to be the host the entire semester. Literally every other job gets to cycle through and practice everything else except the host. Instead of listening to her, the teacher kept her as a host. Your student is telling you she joined the class to learn all the technical aspects of creating a podcast, and you force them to take the one job that prevents them from getting hands-on experience for any of the parts they just told you they wanted to learn about. You are a terrible teacher.
Based on what we see of her, I can just imagine she'd be a nightmare to deal with if you're a student who needed a medical accommodation.

 

But there were things I liked in this book. The romance was pretty cute. I wish there had been more interactions between Kate and Diego. They had a fun and flirty dynamic together. It was easy to see why the two of them started liking one another. They were funny and had some nice banter. And it was pretty cute that Diego kept calling in to Kate's podcast to ask for advice, first on family, and then on his crush.

 

Also great was Kate and Alana's friendship. The two of them were very different personality-wise, but got along wonderfully anyways. Even when they had issues that would have caused major friendship blow-ups in other books, the two of them worked things out without huge fights. Not even the issue of them both liking the same guy was enough to threaten their friendship. They just talked things out. I loved them.

 

Overall, Listen to Your Heart was a cute romance. I could have done without everyone pointedly calling the main character the wrong name and nothing coming of that, as well as not having the teacher who refuses to listen to her students because she knows them better than they know themselves. But the romance was really cute and the main character had a great best friend.

My So-Called Bollywood Life

My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma

It was predicted that Winnie would meet her soulmate before her 18th birthday. Her boyfriend, Raj, met every part of the prediction. Or rather, ex-boyfriend after he hooked up with someone else while they were on a break over the summer. Now Winnie is focused on putting the film festival together, which she has to do with Raj. And she's starting to develop feelings for another guy, Dev. So things are getting a little more complicated for Winnie than she was expecting.

 

At its best, My So-Called Bollywood Life is a charming story. Winnie's love for movies, particularly Bollywood movies, really shines through, and I enjoyed whenever she got to talk about them. She also had blog posts in between chapters where she did short Bollywood movie reviews, which were fun. Also great were her interactions with her family and the calls to the pandit. I loved her family and their interactions. They all clearly loved each other, even when they weren't always in agreement on what the right thing was.

 

The other characters didn't impress as much though. Winnie's best friend, while fun, felt rather flat since they almost always talked about Winnie's love life. And another girl existed solely to be the mean girl. I kept waiting for her to get some depth, but instead she kept getting progressively worse to the point where she committed a crime to frame someone. I don't like mean girls who have no depth and just exist to be mean to the main character to cause conflict for the story. Plus, the book had other minor snide remarks toward other girls peppered throughout including referring to one girl as a Barbie just because of how she was dressed. I'm never a fan of girl hate.

 

There was also one scene early on in the start of Winnie's relationship with Dev that just made me a bit leery. She ran into Raj who grabbed her arm to talk to her. Dev came out of nowhere and had his arm to Raj's throat telling him to get off her. Winnie had to get him to back off. He didn't do anything like that again, but I just get leery when guys jump so quickly to violence in a situation. Winnie immediately called him out for this though and told him that she did not need him to do this, which he seemed to listen to.

 

It might look like I disliked more about the book than I liked, but I really did enjoy the book overall. It was a fun read with a charming main character whose enthusiasm for Bollywood really shone through.

May Books

I had a slower month than my past few with only 27 books, but I'm happy with that number since I had quite a few things that kept me from reading. My average score was 3.9 stars. No rereads this month. Instead, I got around to reading some books that I'd been meaning to for some time (The MartianA Wizard of Earthsea, Rebecca).

 

13 of my books were YA. 6 were graphic novels. My most read genres were fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary, and mystery.

 

My favorite books were A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard ParsonsThe Martian - Andy WeirCirce - Madeline Miller, and Firebolt - Adrienne Woods. My least favorite Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out - Sina Grace,Alessandro Vitti.

 

 

5 Stars

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard Parsons  Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman  The Martian - Andy Weir  Herding Cats - Sarah Andersen  Circe - Madeline Miller  

 

4 Stars

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages - Carina Chocano  I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn  Spellbook of the Lost and Found - Moïra Fowley-Doyle  Dread Nation - Justina Ireland  These Vicious Masks - Kelly Zekas,Tarun Shanker  Shiny Broken Pieces - Sona Charaipotra,Dhonielle Clayton  Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman  Jackaby - William Ritter  Runaways Vol. 1 - Rainbow Rowell,Kris Anka  The Flintstones (2016-) Vol. 1 - Mark Russell,Steve Pugh  Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman  The Poet X - Elizabeth Acevedo  Firebolt - Adrienne Woods  Erased, Vol. 1 - Kei Sanbe  

 

3.5 Stars

Tiny Pretty Things - Dhonielle Clayton,Sona Charaipotra  Not Now, Not Ever - Lily Anderson  All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages - Saundra Mitchell  Deadly Class Volume 1: Reagan Youth TP - Wesley Craig,Rick Remender,Lee Loughridge  

 

3 Stars

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater - Michael Sokolove A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young 

 

2.5 Stars

Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out - Sina Grace,Alessandro Vitti 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 7
  • Female: 18
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 14
  • Audio: 13

 

DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 6

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6 - Marguerite Bennett

The Bombshells series draws to a conclusion with a final battle against Hugo Strange and Killer Frost, as well as the mastermind behind the villains the Bombshells have faced. Supergirl and Raven both must face their pasts if they want to win.

 

This final volume was a nice ending to the series, but not an entirely satisfying one. Quite a few main characters were missing entirely from this volume, including Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Mera. Luckily, there is a sequel series to continue their stories. I'm not surprised that the book couldn't fit in every character since this series has a huge cast. But it did continue the stories of the ones who made it in the book very nicely.

 

The book started with more of Batgirl and the Suicide Squad as they staged a rescue. They were only in the book for an issue, but their group dynamic was fun and I'd love to see more of them.

 

Supergirl got a big reveal in her former home planet and her parentage that she had to quickly come to terms with and face in this volume as her birth mother's identity is revealed. She also got some nice bonding with her clone siblings, Power Girl and Superman, and Lois Lane (hopefully her future love interest).

 

Raven also had to face her past when she met her father again. And her new-found family with Zatanna and Constantine continued to be adorable.

 

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy also continued to be cute, even if Harley had some very bad jokes that Ivy had to endure.

 

From start to finish, the Bombshells series proved to be a fun ride with the ladies of the DC universe taking center stage. It took the simple concept of what the world would be like if the female superheroes came first and ran with it, re-imagining their dynamics in a World War II setting. And so many queer characters. I don't think there was a single issue that didn't feature a queer character, with most featuring multiple.

 

I'm so glad there's a sequel to this because I loved every moment of this series and there's so many more stories that can be told with all the characters. And hopefully more DC heroines will join the series.

Women Writers Bingo Progress

 

I've got 3 more letters to read, but I think 'X' might take me a bit.

 

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - Busted - Gina Ciocca  

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - Buried Heart - Kate Elliott  

F - A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age - Emmy J. Favilla  

G - Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - That Wolf-Boy is Mine! 1 - Yoko Nogiri  

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan  

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson

April Books

I read 33 books in April with an average score of 3.9 stars. I didn't have any rereads this month, but I did read 2 series from start to finish (The Precious Stone Trilogy and Cyber Love series) and I finished the Bombshells and Vision series. Now I'm ready for the Bombshells: United series.

 

19 of my books were YA. Only 4 were graphic novels. My most read genres were contemporary, romance, and fantasy.

 

My favorite books were Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone and The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One - Amanda Lovelace. My least favorite book was The Secret Loves of Geeks - Michael Walsh,Valentine De Landro,Cecil Castellucci,Gerard Way,Margaret Atwood,Gabby Rivera,Hope Nicholson,Dana Simpson,Sfe R. Monster,Amanda Deibert,Maia Kobabe,Amy Chu.

 

 

5 Stars

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One - Amanda Lovelace Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone  The Hollow Girl - Hillary Monahan  

 

4.5 Stars

I Stop Somewhere - T.E. Carter 

 

4 Stars

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything - Anne Bogel  King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  The Valiant - Lesley Livingston  Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier  You Bring the Distant Near - Mitali Perkins  The Dangerous Art of Blending In - Angelo Surmelis  I'll Tell - Sadie Sins  Restore Me - Tahereh Mafi  An American Marriage - Tayari Jones  Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast - Tom King,Michael Walsh  I Have Lost My Way - Gayle Forman  Dare Mighty Things - Heather Kaczynski  Not If I Save You First - Ally Carter  Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  Fast Connection - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store - Cait Flanders  DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6 - Marguerite Bennett  Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell  

 

 

3.5 Stars

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration - Rose Brock,Atia Abawi,Howard Bryant,Ally Carter,Ally Condie,Christina Diaz Gonzalez,Romina Garber,I.W. Gregorio,Kate Hart,Brendan Kiely,Alex London,Marie Lu,Renee Ahdieh,Jason Reynolds,Nic Stone,Angie Thomas,Jenny Torres Sanchez,Nicola Yoon,Gayle Forman,D Top Ten - Katie Cotugno  Sapphire Blue - Kerstin Gier  Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, #3) - Kerstin Gier,Anthea Bell No Good Deed - Goldy Moldavsky  Losers Bracket - Chris Crutcher  Spindle Fire - Lexa Hillyer  Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins  

 

3 Stars

The Secret Loves of Geeks - Michael Walsh,Valentine De Landro,Cecil Castellucci,Gerard Way,Margaret Atwood,Gabby Rivera,Hope Nicholson,Dana Simpson,Sfe R. Monster,Amanda Deibert,Maia Kobabe,Amy Chu Reign of the Fallen - Sarah Glenn Marsh 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 3
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 6

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 15
  • Audio: 18

 

 

 

March Books

 I read 33 books this month with an average score of 3.8 stars. I had one reread with P.S. I Like You - Kasie West. This was also the month that I finally finished reading the Fairy Tail manga series after years of reading it.

 

19 of my books were YA. 7 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, romance, mystery, and fantasy.

 

My favorite book was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid. My least favorite was Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home! - Kian Lawley,Jc Caylen.

 

 

5 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid P.S. I Like You - Kasie West  A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong  

 

4.5 Stars

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan 

 

4 Stars

UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner  Dear Mr. Knightley - Katherine Reay  Under the Lights (Field Party) - Abbi Glines  Midnighter Vol. 2: Hard - Steve Orlando,ACO  Busted - Gina Ciocca  Bingo Love OGN - Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge  When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds,Michael Frost  That Wolf-Boy is Mine! 1 - Yoko Nogiri  The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory  The Ends of the World - Maggie Hall  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  Crooked House - AGATHA CHRISTIE  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton  People Like Us - Dana Mele  

 

3.5 Stars

You Will Be Mine - Natasha Preston The Dazzling Heights - Katharine McGee  Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 - Hiro Mashima,William Flanagan  The Fine Art of Pretending - Rachel Harris  Buried Heart - Kate Elliott  Map of Fates - Maggie Hall  The Backstagers, Vol. 2: The Show Must Go On - James Tynion IV,Rian Sygh  After the Game (Field Party) - Abbi Glines  

 

3 Stars

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate,Stephen Gilpin Riders - Veronica Rossi  Seeker - Veronica Rossi Adultolescence - Gabbie Hanna Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles - Garth Nix,Brenna Yovanoff,Veronica Roth,Julie Murphy,Renee Ahdieh,Lamar Giles,Natalie C. Parker,Justina Ireland,Katie Cotugno,Tessa Gratton,Alaya Dawn Johnson,Brandy Colbert,Rae Carson,Sabaa Tahir,E.K. Johnston  

 

2 Stars

Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home! - Kian Lawley,Jc Caylen 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 6
  • Female: 26
  • Male/Female Mix: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 18
  • Audio: 15

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game

Since I've collected all the Yellow game cards, I'm collecting a couple from the Green game to get some more points.

 

The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton

I'm using The Belles for the Gryffindor Common Room card because it has a world that contains magic.

 

After the Game (Field Party) - Abbi Glines 

After the Game will get me The Hob card for having the word 'game' in the title.

 

 

People Like Us - Dana Mele 

People Like Us is a mystery, so I'm using it for the Easy Rawlins card.

 

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan 

The author of Anatomy of a Scandal has a first name that starts with an 'S' and that gets me The Gunslinger card.

 

These 4 cards will get me 40 more points for the game.

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Crime Scene

A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole gets me The Hob, the last card I need in the Yellow game. The book has white lettering on the cover.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Victim

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles - Garth Nix, Brenna Yovanoff, Veronica Roth, Julie Murphy, Renee Ahdieh, Lamar Giles, Natalie C. Parker, Justina Ireland, Katie Cotugno, Tessa Gratton, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Brandy Colbert, Rae Carson, Sabaa Tahir, E.K. Johnston

I'm collecting the Atticus Finch card for the Yellow game with Three Sides of a Heart. It's an anthology with short stories by a number of authors. Several of those authors have either first or last names starting with a letter in 'Finch' - Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Garth Nix, Justina Ireland, and Bethany Hagen.

 

 

 

Currently reading

My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 by Maki Fujita
Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Prince in His Dark Days 1 by Hico Yamanaka
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court
Laid-Back Camp, Vol. 1 by Afro
Kiniro Mosaic, Vol. 1 by Yui Hara
NEW GAME! (1) (まんがタイムKRコミックス) by Shotaro Tokuno
Blue Morning, Vol. 1 by Shoko Hidaka
Oresama Teacher , Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki