April was another month where I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but the reading that I did get done/started gave me some pretty amazing books, and the promise of continuing into some great reads for this month.
Books I Read
For Blood & Glory and Static Shock: Supercharged Vol. 1
For Blood & Glory is an urban fantasy by indie author Cassandra A. Hendricks. As her debut, I was really impressed with what she managed to do with bringing a new, vibrant take on the supernatural to YA. I have my general review up on Goodreads.
The next book I managed to finish last month was the first volume of the now-discontinued New 52 Static Shock, and I Have So Many Thoughts. Namely, that this comic shouldn’t have been cancelled, and DC made a huge mistake. I also have a general review of it up on Goodreads and will be talking about this issue, as well as For Blood & Glory, later this month.
Books I Started
I front loaded the end of my month with three behemoths: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and Battle Royale by Koushun Tamaki with translations by Nathan Collins.
And holy shit.
I think these three books are going to be emblematic of memorable reading experiences. I’ve already finished the first section of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and I’ve been blown away. Similarly, I’m about as deep in with The Fifth Season, and I’m not sure which I’m enjoying more. They’re both breathtakingly unique pieces of fiction, and I’m not sure there’s going to be fantasy quite like what James and Jemisin have created for a long time.
As for Battle Royale, if you’re familiar with Japanese literature, you’ll know that it’s been referred to as the precursor/narrative parent of The Hunger Games, exploring similar themes with a similar premise. This will be my first time reading it after hearing so much about it, and I’m jazzed to get into it deep.
Possible May TBR
While I’m not one to actually create, let alone commit to, a TBR list, I’ll obviously be finishing the books that I started last month. On top of those, I’ll (possibly) be reading through the recent release from Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kauffman, Aurora Rising, as well as finishing the Illuminae series in preparation for getting my hands on Memento.