The second half of April was just slow. I read quite a few graphic novels but the novel reading slowed down. For a few weeks in there I didn’t have a dedicated eReader, which honestly bummed me out (till my hubby treated me to a new one) and I just didn’t have a lot of time. I did get a few things in however.
So a few items I made dedicated posts too, which you should see soon if not already:
- The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
For the rest of the reads!
- I spent quite a few days trying to get through The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I am still a bit angry about the waste of time to be honest. I ended up DNF’ing this one at the 70% mark, I got so far and it just kept going and going. At first I was intrigued by the mini-stories within the stories but then the main narrative just kind of meandered around. I continued to stick with it because of that possibility for those interlocking stories but my patience only lasts so long. I also only have so much tolerance for needless pop culture references especially in speculative novels such as this. This began to feel more and more like a better written Ready Player One which I strongly disliked. Strongly.
- I picked up and enjoyed so much more A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong, which is the second Rockton novel. I continue to enjoy this series, I definitely recommend this one as well – I hope to have a series thoughts/recommendation style post up when I get a bit further into it.
- I finally returned to the Doctor Aphra series with volumes 3 and 4 which I am SO glad I did. The second volume nearly killed me on the series, it came down to me getting ready to return the books to Kindle Unlimited and I literally pressed down to get the option and decided to give them a try. If you want to read the Keiron Gillen/Simon Spurrier lines I highly recommend sticking around past two which was a low point for me.
- In a similar vein I picked up the Screaming Citadel volume as well since it was part of the Aphra comics. Another silly fun one. It was great to see some space vampires!
- In an effort to read at least one OWLs item I picked up Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemison which was excellent. It was, maybe too short for a full post but I highly recommend that one. It is cheap/free online so definitely worth finding and reading.
The end of April certainly ended better than the beginning – ignoring that Starless Sea mess. That should catch me up on wrap-ups, I won’t be doing a haul for April as I only got a couple of things, but my first May wrap-up should be coming soon with possibly a few more review posts!