Monthly Reading Wrap Up: April 2018

In case you don’t know, I am officially back from my hiatus. In my hiatus I focused on finishing the spring semester and I’m happy to report I wrote all my essays, did all my exams, and passed all my classes.

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As for reading, I read a total of 8 books, but I didn’t do a lot of actual reading. Not if you consider that one book was a comic, another was a poetry collection, another was a poetry collection, two were audiobooks, and only two were full length novels and even that is debatable considering they look more like dossiers than novels.  But, I digress.

My least favorite book from April is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I know this is a popular book but I had a problem with Kinsella’s portrayal of recovering from mental illness.

My favorite book for the month of April is a tie between Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. They were both wonderful and captivating.

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BOOK REVIEW: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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AUTHORS: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Asha and Rhys are exes who find each other on opposite sides of a war, meanwhile Kady and company are on their way to help Kerenza against Bei-Tech.
GENRE: Young Adult | Science Fiction
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: This is the third and final book of the Illuminae Files series.
GOODREADS BLURB

So what if ‘m a month late in reading and reviewing this book. Better late than never, and more importantly, I FINALLY read it! Continue reading

Monthly Reading Wrap Up: March 2018

I’m not going to lie, I read a lot in March. Yes, some of the books were short enough I read them in one day, but I’m still counting them. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Fantasy and Sci-Fi in Other Types of Media

Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic!
— This month’s babbles crossover topic involves our favorite SFF outside of books (like movies, tv shows, games, anime, etc.)

As a challenge to myself, I will be naming at least one title for each media category mentioned in the prompt; movie, TV show, game, and anime or cartoon.

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BOOK REVIEW: Kindred by Octavia Butler

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AUTHOR: Octavia Butler
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dana is a black woman living in the 1970s happily married to Kevin (who’s white), when she’s suddenly transported to the antebellum south in Maryland.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Historical Fiction | Neo-Slave Narrative
RATING: 4.5/5
NOTE: Not for younger readers because it had several scenes depicting violence, mention of rape, and frequent use of the N word.
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BOOK & MOVIE REVIEW: Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang & Arrival

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AUTHOR: Ted Chiang
SUMMARY: Dr. Louise Banks is hired by the U.S. military to communicate with the recent arrival of aliens on Earth.
GENRE: Short Story / Science Fiction
RATING: 5/5
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