Welcome to my March recap! As usual, I’ll be going over the books I quit partway through, the reviews I published this month, what I’ll be reading and reviewing next month, and what my non-review posts this month were. Additionally, I’ll be checking in on where I’m at with my reading goals for the year.
I read about a third of And I Darken by Kiersten White before I decided to quit. I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started the book. At some point while reading, I looked it up and found out it was a historical fiction where Vlad the Impaler was re-imagined as female. It’s an interesting concept, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had more familiarity with the history behind it. As is, it was hard for me to tell how the author’s vision stayed with and departed from actual historical events.
I already have reviews of The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie, The Last Witness by K.J. Parker, The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, Final Girls by Mira Grant, City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, Fire Boy by Sami Shah, A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham and Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller written and scheduled.
I am currently working on reviews of This Other World by A.C. Buchanan, A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows, Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari, and Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling.
Most of my reading this month will be a frantic effort to get through the books I took with me to college, since I really hate the idea of bringing unread books all the way there and then all the way back, still unread. If I manage to read them before I head back, then I can only bring back the ones I liked enough to reread, which will save me some room while packing.
Some of the books I have to read include Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold, Red Country by Joe Ambercrombie, Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, Daughters of Isis by Joyce A. Tyldesley, The Thorn of Dentonhill by Ryon Marshell Maresca, King’s Dragon by Kate Elliott, Windswept by Adam Rakunas, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, and Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallon. I have no idea which of these I’ll actually end up reading, but you can expect reviews of at least some of them in April or May. Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend?
There may be a couple more interviews coming up, but I don’t want to say any more until all the details are hammered out. Just keep an eye out for surprises!
In 2017, I want to read 50 books written by POC authors and 50 books with LGBTQIAP+ lead characters. To be on track with these goals, I should have read roughly 12 books for each challenge.
For the POC authors goal, I’ve only read 10 this quarter. I’m behind, but not so badly behind that I can’t catch up later this year. For these books, check my “Diversiverse” tag.
For the LGBTQIAP+ books goal, I’m on track. I’ve read twelve this quarter! For these books, check my “LGBTQIA” tag.
There’s a lag between the time I finish reading a book and the time the review is posted, so many of the books I read for these goals still have their reviews to come.
Reviews from March:
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron
Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
3 1/2 stars
The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus
The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver
Sunset Mantle by Alter. S. Reiss
Brimstone by Cherie Priest
Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks
I’ve continued to write for Her Campus. This month my only piece has been “The Flawed Women of Lifetime’s UnREAL,” a television show I binge watched back in February.
My other non-review posts have all been here at the Illustrated Page.
“Late Spring 2017 SFF Releases” lists some books coming out in April and May that I’m excited for.
In honor of Women’s History month, I created a series of posts focusing on women who write science fiction and fantasy.
- N.K. Jemisin
- S.L. Huang
- Robin McKinley
- Lynn Flewelling
- Karin Lowachee
- Martha Wells
- Michelle West/Michelle Sagara
- Susana Clark
- Intisar Khanani
- Claire North/Kate Griffin
- Diana Wynne Jones
- Robin Hobb
- Octavia Butler
- Emma Newman
- Cornelia Funke
- Alyssa Wong
- Ellen Kushner
- Maggie Stiefvater
- Kameron Hurley
- Leigh Bardugo
- Nnedi Okorafor
- Emma Bull
- Noriko Ogiwara
- Catherynne M. Valente
- Kat Howard
- Tenea D. Johnson
- Corinne Duyvis
- Aliette de Bodard
- Ann Leckie
- Diane Duane
- Elizabeth Bear
That about wraps up March! Are you excited for any of the reviews I’ve got coming down the line? What books are you reading this April?