Oh goodness, already into April a good ways and I haven’t posted my reading recap. Well, I’m not too far behind to do some catching up.
March slowed down, compared to January and February, and slowed down enough to feel like normal time. I didn’t read as much as January, but it was a lot more than February, so I guess that’s something. There were things that I had to read this month—Ready Player One and The Queens of Innis Lear—and so other things that I might have wanted to read more got pushed out of the way in order to accommodate them. Books read are books read though, and I’m still working my way steadily through my (ever-changing) list.
We should be coming out of the winter doldrums soon. We did get snow here in Colorado yesterday—in fact, it snowed all day, though we didn’t get much accumulation—and I expect it won’t be out last snow of the year. But it also looks like we’ll have a whole bunch of warm days too. I love reading in my cozy house when the weather is absolute shit as much as the next person, but I also like reading when it’s perfectly nice out. Maybe my moods are generally better when I’m not so cold all the time, which makes reading a nicer experience, or maybe it’s all in my head? Either way, I’m looking forward to consistently nice weather. (Knock on wood.)
20. Last Dragon Standing (Heartstrikers 5)* by Rachel Aaron
This is the last book in the Heartstrikers series, which is one of my fave series ever. I’ll definitely be doing a reread of these books in the future, since I’m curious about how they read when they’re read back to back to back.
21. Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega 0) by Patricia Brigs
22. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega 1) by Patricia Brigs
23. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega 2) by Patricia Brigs
24. Fair Game (Alpha & Omega 3) by Patricia Brigs
25. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega 4) by Patricia Brigs
26. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega 5)* by Patricia Brigs
I reread the first four books (and one novella) in this series in preparation for the fifth (and I’m glad I did, because I didn’t remember the plot of the second or third books), and also because I was planning a rewrite of my own Urban Fantasy novel and I wanted to read some by an author I admire. Briggs continues to deliver with her most recent installment, and even to build on both of her series. I’m not sure I got as much out of this series as I might have her other one, but it was nice to get back into Urban Fantasy, since I love it so much.
27. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land* by Connie Willis
This was a NetGalley review read, the first one I’ve managed to squeeze in this year. It happened to be a short one, a novella (I finished it in about an hour and a half), but holy hell, this book. I guess my takeaway from this is that small things can be incredibly powerful. My review is forthcoming.
28. The Queens of Innis Lear* by Tessa Gratton
I got this book for review from NetGalley, and really liked it, while at the same time having some major issues with the main protagonist. You can find my review for this book here.
29. Ready Player One* by Ernest Cline
I promised my husband I would read this book before we saw the movie, and I try to keep my promises. My take away from this book was that this book wasn’t written for me, but that it wouldn’t have taken much to make it so that it was. It was entertaining, and it’s easy to see how it will translate to an equally entertaining movie, but it seems unlikely that I’ll be reading anything else by this author.
April should be an interesting month because I’m also working on my Camp NaNoWriMo project, the previously mentioned Urban Fantasy rewrite. (Blog posts about my progress will start on Monday.) I tend to slow down my reading when I’m also writing (see last November when I read all of one book while I was writing) but I’m going to try not to slow down too much. I feel like I could manage at least one book every five days, so that’s my goal for this month while I also try to learn how to do this whole rewriting thing.