Weekday Scribbles #1| New Finds, Bookish Kickstarters, & Short Stories

Happy Monday, Readers. Welcome to the first Weekday Scribbles post—a casual look at what we’re reading, some one-off thoughts and commentary on book-world happenings, and chatter about interesting bookish discoveries. This last week I’ve been branching out my reading, finding new favorites, and enjoying browsing through some other creative, bookish content that merits sharing.

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Mid-Year Review

Six months have come and gone, meaning we’re halfway through the year and I’m mildly panicking about being behind on my Goodreads challenge by about six books.

Did I say panicking? I meant I’m definitely on top of and in control of my reading promises.

On the plus side, no matter how behind I am, I’ve read some amazing books so far this year, so grab a snack because this post is long.

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April Re(ad)cap

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.

Review Reliability

It’s somewhat ironic talking about the reliability of reviews as a person who writes reviews, but as a reader—of books, and of reviews—I think it’s important to bounce around the idea of how much weight we put on reviews, and how we allow them to sway our reading choices, especially when it comes to the inherent subjective nature of a lot of reviewing styles.

So, back before I was interested in blogging myself, I was first introduced to book vlogging, or booktube. The rabbit hole was deep, and some of my favorite videos ended up being reviews. When I started reading as a kid, booktube wasn’t a thing. Book blogging wasn’t a thing. Connecting to veritable thousands of other readers wasn’t a thing. Perhaps a little late to the discovery, I was fascinated that there were people out there who just… talked about books. Books they loved, books they hated, books that made them want to rip their hair out—

And oh, the snarky, salty, tea-drenched reviews were a plenty.

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