Hello friends! March has gone by so quickly between me being in the lab most of the day and then having to do homework until it was time to sleep. But I did manage to read a few things and they made for an overall great reading month, so let’s get right into it.
Total: 9 books
○ 3 audiobooks
○ 4 ARCs
○ 1 anthology
○ 2 shorts/novellas
○ 1 comic
○ 1 reread
○ 2 buddy reads
📖 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC, buddy read) – to assign any adjective to this book would be reductive. Awesome? Amazing? Incredible? They don’t even begin to cover it. I’m still trying to write my full review but rest assured that this was one of the best, if not the best, romance I’ve ever read. ★★★★★
📖 The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (audiobook) – I read this for the sheer sapphic energy that radiated from the cover and the description, and I was not disappointed in any sense. This had one of the best f/f relationship I’ve ever read, it was set in an interesting and inclusive world, and the audiobook was great. ★★★★★
📖 Proud edited by Juno Dawson (ARC) – I’ve talked about it more in my review, but this was such a pleasure to read from start to finish. It was the positive queer anthology that I needed to read, although I wish that aro and ace characters would have gotten a spotlight too. ★★★★.5✩
📖 The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum (ARC) – this made me feel so many things and confirmed K. Ancrum as one of the most interesting authors of YA out there. Seriously, her books might turn out not to be for you, but I 100% recommend checking them out for yourself because if they resonate with you you’ll be hooked. For more thoughts please read my full review. ★★★★★
📖 The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (audiobook) – this is one of those “out of my comfort zone” books that I’m so glad I decided to check out (also because audiobooks are a thing, thanks @ technology). It’s definitely not a favorite book but it’s a book that gave me a glimpse in a genre that while it doesn’t cater to my personal tastes is still very valid and I can see myself reaching for again when I feel adventurous. Read my full review for more thoughts and trigger/content warnings (seriously, don’t go into it blind; key word: gore). ★★★.5✩✩
📖 Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (ebook) – sapphic historical novella! about older sapphics!!! destroying evil men!!!!! ★★★★✩
📖 Peter Darling by Austin Chant (ebook, reread, buddy read) – you know that feeling of wanting to reread a favorite book for months or years and when you finally decide to do it you’re actually scared because what if it’s not as good as you remember it? Well, this book was even better than the first time around. It’s a Peter Pan retelling with Peter as a trans man and it has a stunning hate/obsession-to-lovers romance between him and Captain Hook and yes, it’s just as good as it sounds. Read my review from two years ago (please don’t cringe I was baby). ★★★★★
🔖 Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter (ARC) – I actually wasn’t sure whether to include this here because I feel like I’m going to get hate from all sides once I finish and actually form my own opinion about it. But a friend I trust has made very good points about it and since I have the ARC I want to see for myself. I’m not very far but for now I can say that I love the writing style, the atmosphere and the narration. All I will say is that people seem to be getting enraged by a topic being in the book without analyzing why or in which context the topic is there and how it’s handled. But as I said, I am barely 10% in so I will wait to speak one way or another.
🔖 A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (ebook) – I’m finally reading this and it’s very enjoyable! I think there’s always something in this series by Alyssa Cole that prevents me from giving the books five stars, but for now (I’m around 45% maybe) it’s a very solid 4 stars romance. I’m also enjoying the portrayal of Portia figuring out her ADHD and how it has affected her life so far. I’m looking forward to seeing the romance develop more.
🔖 Elysium by Nora Sakavic (ebook) – so the author of one of my two all time favorite series has released a new book without telling anyone for like a week. RUDE. Anyway I obviously had to get it asap and I have just reached 50%. It’s very different from the All for the Game series, and I don’t just mean that it’s paranormal/urban fantasy but I also mean that it almost doesn’t feel like it’s written by the same person (but then again a few lines of dialogue totally makes me go, Ah, there she is). I’m just having trouble loving the first person POV in present tense, it’s not a voice I love unless it’s in a light contemporary and while I never had any problems with Nora’s writing in AFTG I definitely don’t love how this is written. The story is interesting even though I’m having issues staying focused on it, but I’m going to try to force myself to read more in one go because that’s how I manage to get invested more.
🔖 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (audiobook) – yeah, I’m doing this and it’s just as incredible as everyone said it is. Audiobooking such a huge book was my only option at this time, but I will say that it’s not easy to keep track of all the names and lore, especially at the beginning. I think in the future I would love to get myself a physical or digital copy and actually read how everyone’s name is spelled. The story is so incredible and it warms my heart to have such huge fantasy books, a genre that’s been dominated by white, cis, straight dudes and that almost always includes such needless violence against women, written by a woman who know what she’s doing. It makes it accessible without shying away from difficult topics, violence, and everything you’d expect from an adult fantasy. It’s just that there’s no violence against women because they’re women but because of politics and power.
📜 I wrote a guest post on Ben’s blog in which I talk about what being bi means to me, and I would love it if you’d check it out 💖💜💙
📜 I had the honor and the pleasure to interview some of the characters from Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali
📜 I shared the cover reveal for Chosen Champion by Elise Kova
📜 I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and had a lot of fun replying to Acqua’s questions and writing my own
This month I was in the mood to watch a genre I don’t usually go for, so I started The Rain. I read about it and the only reason I actually decided to try it out was because I’ve never seen a post-apocalyptic show set in Europe. So far the only difference with American shows is that guns aren’t actually available to everyone but only members of the army have easy access to them. But it’s still interesting to see an European setting for once and while I get annoyed at some unnecessary romance (why, why is it always there), I actually think it’s a good show and I will continue it when I’m in the mood and have more time.
I also watched the new season of Queer Eye and it was everything I needed in my life. Inevitably there are episodes that I liked more and others that I found a little boring, but all of them were important and I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tear up or straight-up cried a few times. I just…….. love the Fab 5 so much.
Did I take myself to see Captain Marvel although the only other Marvel movie I’ve seen is Black Panther? You can bet I did. The movie doesn’t have much to do with the rest of them anyway as it’s set many years before. I totally recommend watching it because it gives such a realistic portrayal of the female experience, it literally confused the fuck out of men, who are now saying this movie is shit and they didn’t get it and whatnot, outing themselves for the ignorant, misogynistic bigots they are. You can not like this movie, but if you don’t understand how it reflects how most of the cis women or the people who are perceived as women have to navigate our society every day, you’re not paying one ounce of attention.