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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.

 

 

 

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

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

 As the name of the book suggests, this was an anthology of stories featuring love triangles. Even though some of them really didn't have much of one. As with all anthologies, there was a mix of stories I loved and stories I did not. There was an impressive amount of diversity as far as race and sexual orientation, which was really nice. And there were stories across a number of different genres too. Overall, it was a fairly nice collection. Below are my thoughts on the individual stories.

 

 

Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno - For a story in a book about love triangles, this really didn't have much of one. The main character didn't really spend much time interacting with the person she ends up with, so it was hard to feel much about them. The story was fairly cute, but would have been better if it were longer. 3/5 Stars

 

Dread South by Justina Ireland - Despite having zombies (which I hate), this was a fairly cute story set after the Civil War where a racist white girl is being courted by a rich white guy while falling for her black female protector who causes her to question her views of the world as she trains her in combat. I'd love a longer story of it, not because I felt it needed it, but because I wanted more of them. 5/5 Stars

 

Omega Ship by Rae Carson - None of the characters were developed enough for me to care about anything that was going on. It was an interesting premise with the last three humans left in the universe having to start again on a new planet, but I just didn't care about them. 2/5 Stars

 

La Revancha Del Tango by Renee Ahdieh - Another story that didn't really have a love triangle. I didn't particularly like the lead. She thought the guy checking her into the hostel deserves for her to go off on him, but I had no clue why when all he did was say he knew who she was and told her what he needed to check her in. Maybe he just wasn't friendly enough for her? Which also seemed to be the reason why the cab driver she had deserved to have her silently cursing him. And I didn't really feel any chemistry between her and the guy. She was immediately dismissive of him because of his appearance. And his intro immediately made me think of a guy who just doesn't understand the word 'no'. I was just not a fan all around. 1/5 Stars

 

Cass, An, and Dra by Natalie C. Parker - The main character had the ability to see two potential futures when presented with a choice. So far she had been using this ability to ensure her relationship with her girlfriend remained strong, but she suddenly saw a potential future with a new person. While she kept making choices to avoid this person, futures kept popping up with them. The story's premise was interesting, but the story itself just didn't click with me. I didn't really care who she ended up choosing because I didn't care about her current relationship or the potential one. 2.5/5 Stars

 

Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy - This was a fairly cute story about a girl who gave kissing lessons to bad kissers willing to pay for them. The problem started when she got her first couple client and found herself attracted to one of them. I wanted this one to be longer so I could spend more time with all the characters and so they could be fleshed out some more. But it was still a fun read as is. 4/5 Stars

 

Triangle Solo by Garth Nix - Two boys who were competing over who would be forced to play the triangle in the newest piece they're doing for orchestra found themselves also competing for the attention of an old friend who just returned to Mars. The girl was completely undeveloped and was really just there to be "won" by one of the guys. I liked the guys' friendship with each other, but wasn't impressed with the romance. 2.5/5 Stars

 

Vim and Vigor by Veronica Roth - The main character found herself struggling to decide which of two guys to go to prom with. At the same time, she reconnected with old friends when a movie adaption of their favorite comic book series came out. Things took a sudden sci-fi turn when she used experimental tech to help her make her decision. I liked her ultimate choice and enjoyed her bonding with her friends over comics. 4.5/5 Stars

 

Work in Progress by E. K. Johnston - This was a weird one. It was three different stories told in three different parts each, all in second person. I had a hard time figuring out what was happening at first. And then I was frustrated when the story would abruptly end and the next would start. The characters of each story were all very similar to the ones of the other stories. 2/5 Stars

 

Hurdles by Brandy Colbert - The worst part of this story was that it had an open-ended ending. I don't always mind those, but I didn't like it in this case. The main character was stuck between running away with the guy she liked who just got out of rehab for alcoholism or staying in school with her boyfriend and running hurdles like her dad (and also coach) wanted. I liked the focus on her thoughts during the whole story and everything that was running through her mind. 4/5 Stars

 

The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Cat Woman by Lamar Giles - This story followed the newest Historian (think Giles from Buffy, but a teenage girl) and switched between the past and present. In the past, she was just discovering the world of monsters. In the present, the Garrison (think Buffy, but a teenage boy) just died while out fighting monsters with the third member of the team, a were-cat. The two then tried to resurrect their fallen partner. I really enjoyed this one. The main character was my type of morally grey character. 5/5 Stars

 

Waiting by Sabaa Tahir - Summer started for the main character with her best friend in jail and not set to get out until after she has left for college. And shortly before the arrest, the two of them kissed and never had the chance to talk about it. A new guy who is great had started showing interest in her, but she was torn between waiting for her friend or starting something new. I liked this one. Her difficulty in choosing between the two was portrayed well. I could see why she was torn, even if one of them seemed like the obvious choice on paper. 4/5 Stars

 

Vega by Brenna Yovanoff - This was the only story that I felt really did something truly different with the love triangle concept. Instead of being a choice between two lovers, the choice was between the guy she loved and the city she loved. However, I had a hard time getting into the story, especially at first when names were thrown at me quickly with no understanding of who was who. Even after I got a handle on what was going on, I didn't really connect with the story. It was just okay. 2.5/5 Stars

 

A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson - This had an interesting format with it being told in a series of messages and interviews. It told the story of a guy whose family was kidnapping and killing girls and the criminal girl who was trying to save them and convince the guy to help. It was confusing at first to understand what was going on, but I enjoyed it once I got everything straight. Part of that is because I like female vigilantes who focus on saving girls from men. 3.5/5 Stars

 

Before She Was Bloody by Tessa Gratton - This was one that took a bit for me to get into. Getting the names and their positions straight took me a good chunk of the story. The main character was devoted to their god while her family ruled, so she couldn't take a lover. And her best friend was devoted to her, but both of them wanted the same guy. I think I would have liked this more as a longer story to flesh everything out more. 3/5 Stars

 

Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen - I think this won for saddest story of the bunch for me, although I did enjoy it overall. The main character was a vampire who fell in love with a human at his boarding school and turned him. The two had a secret relationship going, but one of them fell for a new girl who just transferred. Unfortunately, she had cancer and not long left to live. This story did have insta-love with the guys for the girl, which is never my favorite. However, all the characters were charming, which helped me mind less. And it certainly made me feel something, especially with that ending. 4/5 Stars

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Cause of Death

The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang has 2 teenaged protagonists, so I'm using it to get the Shot with an Arrow card for the Yellow game.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Cause of Death

Crooked House - AGATHA CHRISTIE

 

I'm using Crooked House by Agatha Christie as a wildcard to collect the Stabbed with a Sword card for the Yellow game.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Cause of Death

The Ends of the World - Maggie  Hall

I'm collecting the Dark Alley Beat Down card for the Yellow game with The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall who is an American author.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Suspect

The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory has 2 main characters, one of whom is black. I'm using this book to get the Easy Rawlins card.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Crime Scene

Map of Fates - Maggie Hall

Green Dragon Pub has been identified as a crime scene in the Yellow game, so I'm collecting it with Map of Fates by Maggie Hall since it has a three word title.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Crime Scene

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong

I read A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong tocollect the Dark Tower card, which has been identified in the Yellow game as a crime scene. It's written by 2 American authors.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Cause of Death

Adultolescence - Gabbie Hanna

I read a YA book, Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna to get the Killing Curse card.

 

 

Currently reading

Blue Morning, Vol. 1 by Shoko Hidaka
Oresama Teacher , Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 1 by Miki Yoshikawa
Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Fukuyama
Flying Witch [1] by Chihiro Ishizuka
The Ancient Magus' Bride Vol 1 by Kore Yamazaki
Dreamin' Sun, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano
Real Account 1 by Okushou, Shizumu Watanabe
Tokyo Ghoul: re, Vol. 1 by Ira Ishida
Twin Star Exorcists, Vol. 1: Onmyoji by Yoshiaki Sukeno