April was a hard health month, so not much reading happened.
Onto the novels read in April!
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho was very slow going. I liked what I read, I enjoyed the characters, and I loved it as a whole, but a reading slump and depression just made everything Too Hard. Which is a shame, as otherwise this probably would have been one of my favourite books of the year.
This was quite lovely. The characters were mainly the lovely part, as I would have liked to know more of the world building – especially that of the fairy realm. I’m really looking forward to the second book – let’s hope we get our hands on it soon.
The Ghost by the Billabong by Jackie French was astounding by how much it took my breath away. It was the first book in a while that had me emotional and feeling again, and I was so damn upset that a certain something in the book didn’t happen that I wanted to… but we’ll see what happened in the next book, which hopefully comes out sometime this year – we’ve had confirmation that the characters in particular I’m upset about will appear there, so yay.
This book came out last year but I was busy with Aurealis Awards and other things and it took me until now to utterly devour it. I loved it, and I love her Matilda series so damn much. And I love how much science fiction was in this one! I was in a writing course with the author a few years ago and she says she has a science fiction series coming out eventually, so yay!
And on That Bombshell by Richard Porter was a behind the scenes look at Porter’s time with Top Gear, which he was through his late 20s and through his 30s, a bit before they started to re-work the show into what it was when it brought Hammond and May into the team early on. It’s a frank and (feels to be) truthful look at what it was really like, and that they were hard-working, messy, childish, intelligent people getting the impossible to happen. Seriously, their research team is incredible.
The end speaks of the end of Top Gear. He says how Jeremy really did let them all down, and that’s the end of it, really.
Trade Me by Courtney Milan was just what I needed right now. It was past the middle of the month and I’d only read two books so far in total which is weird for me, even at my sickest months. Then Tansy spoke of this book on the podcast Galactic Suburbia and although contemporary romance isn’t my go-to genre at all – not when I already have so much I should be reading in speculative fiction to catch up… (such as Bujold and Czerneda) but she said this one had witty banter – and for TANSY to say that, Queen of witty banter herself (seriously, read her books now), I was there in an instant.
And this book was fun! It had tech as though the guy was son to Steve Jobs, it had women being eloquent and standing up to other intelligent people who then had mutual respect, it didn’t have everything too easy or too hard, and I can’t wait to read more of Tina’s housemate in the second book which is out in June or something. I’m so glad I read this book.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers was a book I’ve heard a bit about, but it wasn’t until someone pointed out it was basically Firefly that I got interested. Bethwyn entered us into a competition to win one earlier and I was the lucky one selected (and then sent her the book, of course!) so I already had it her ready and waiting to read at the time, but it still took me some time to get going.
I think I also need to discuss the covers for this one, as the cover here is the one we have in Australia and it’s stunning, but not accurate for the book at all – I thought it would mean we were getting some kind of Station Eleven almost literature take on everything… and while the other cover (that looks a whole lot more like Firefly) is more accurate… it’s also kinda horrible. And this book is wonderful and deserves so much more than that!
Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti was read for the current Twelve Planets read/review a book a month challenge we have on. I read it in its release for the Aurealis Awards, but since then I chat to Deb over knitting and I’ve read the novel Zeroes by Westerfeld, Biancotti and Lanagan, and then found out it was inspired by this collection.
You can read my review here.
Squid’s Grief by D. K. Mok was a very lovely, zany, weird, quick read that was somehow a heck of a lot of fun considering it didn’t exactly have many nice things happening within the plot. Generally if a book is too sad I struggle to get through it, however the weird humour and witty dialogue in this book made it hard to put down.
You can read my review here.
April contained not much at all. I was back home from travelling, knitting, people close to me fell very ill, and I haven’t been my best either. I have been reading a bit of fanfic again – what I always turn to when too depressed to properly concentrate on following anything much – so when the middle of the month came around and I’d only read two books, I wasn’t overly surprised. By the end of the month I managed to get a little closer to my usual monthly tally, which was a good thing for my mental health.