I hope you all enjoyed IndieAthon! I had lots of fun and read some great books, and also discovered a bunch of books I’d like to read! Since March is over, I’m going back to my regular blogging schedule and will hopefully get back to writing three posts a week and more discussion posts. Another thing that’s different this month, is that I will be taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo once again. I haven’t really talked about it yet on here but there will be more info on what I am working on and of course progress updates soon. If you want to stay up-to-date on everything related to my writing, I would suggest following me on instagram or twitter, since that is where I will be doing most of the updates.
Let’s take a look at all the books I read this month, I’ve read quite a few!
- No More Heroes by Michelle Kan – Though I enjoyed this book, it really didn’t live up to my expectations. I had really high expectations of this book, because I was told it had a lot of aro-ace representation, but it just… wasn’t there? Not a single time was anything mentioned even related to being aro-ace and that just felt like a huge disappointment to me. However, I did really like the story and everything else!
- Survivors’ Dawn by Ashley Warren – I received this book in exchange for a review and I loved it! It is about this college student that’s a serial rapist and it’s about these three girls from different backgrounds dealing with this and trying to avenge him. I loved how all the girls were so different, had different experiences and came together. It felt very real and though it was serious it was also not too heavy. Though if you want to read this book definitely keep in mind the trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault. Review here.
- The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace – This book disappointed me a little. I couldn’t really connect to the poems and it felt a bit aggressive for me to enjoy. Review here.
- The Collective by R.S. Williams – This was a really fun time travel / pirate story and I really enjoyed it! Though I would have liked to have gotten a bit more time to get to know the characters and for them to get to know each other, I really liked reading about the characters.
- The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic – After hearing so many people recommend this to me, I was sad that I didn’t really like it that much. For the most part, it made me angry. There was a lot of abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) in this book and nobody seemed to care, not the coach, not even the character that was being abused?? The character could have left at any time, but yet they stayed because they wanted to play the sport. I just can’t even explain why.
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – As this book came out this month, I couldn’t not pick it up the moment I received it. And it was amazing. It was a perfect ending to a perfect series and I cannot get over the fact that it is over.
- Phaethon by Rachel Sharp – I really did not expect to love this book as much! I have owned a copy for a while but never felt like reading it but I’m really glad I finally did! It was such an original concept and I loved the main characters, they were so cute together (they’re in an established relationship).
- Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – After all the hype, I was expecting to love this book! However, though I loved the characters, it was very confusing to me. A lot was happening, there were a lot of characters, different POVs and it all felt like someone gave me a bunch of puzzle pieces but didn’t tell me how they were supposed to fit together.
This month I added to my TBR:
Look at all these pretty books! Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi I added because someone recommended it to me for feminist reads, and it sounds really interesting! Bubblegum by Sari Tourez is another book I added because of recommendations, and it is a New Adult thriller with queer and feminist themes about a girl who becomes a killer for hire. The last four books are eARCs I have received which I’m really looking forward to! The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan is about a girl wanting to become the next Harry Houdini. Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion is about a girl who poses as an NYU student so she can meet this music student and it seems like a cute romance story like The Sun is Also A Star. The Right Thing To Do At The Time by Dov Zeller is described as a “Jewish, queer, New York City retelling of Pride and Prejudice” so I obviously had to request it. See All The Stars is a thriller/romance novel and it sounded interesting and it was on the “read now” section of Netgalley so I got it. The lovely Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks sent me her ARC of Girl Made of Stars and I can’t wait to read it (thanks again, Laura <3)