April 2022 Reading Recap

Where did April go? This month seems to have blown by really fast, and I can’t even articulate exactly why. I didn’t do any traveling, taxes were an exciting, I turned around a short story in what-feels-like a short amount of time, and got a lot of work done on the revision. I’ve also gotten back to tri-weekly workouts which has been really good for my energy levels. A productive month, even if the productivity wasn’t exactly linear.

I did two blog interviews, which you can find here:

In May, I believe there is an author interview every week so get hype for those.

ARCs

  • Glitterati by Oliver K. Langmead (adult, science fiction)
    • Fashion forward and deeply unsettling in its dystopia
    • Deeply unlikeable protagonist but I couldn’t stop reading
  • I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers (young adult, thriller)
    • A girl wants to work a resort
    • Elements of a murder mystery, but mostly about finding agency in a world that violently wants to deny it
    • Crushing ending, proceed with caution
  • The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor (YA, mystery)
    • Autistic, nonbinary Sam Sylvester is fascinated by kids who died before 19 and moves into the former home of just one kid
    • A lot about rebuilding trust after trauma and finding “your people”
    • Forthcoming author interview on 5/3/2022
  • Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings (adult, science fiction)
    • Two shifts are trapped in a time rift where past meets present
    • Fun cast of characters with deeply un-fun backstories in some cases
    • Forthcoming author interview on 5/12/2022

Audiobooks

Physical Copies

  • Orochi Vol. 1 by Kazuo Umezz (manga, horror 2022 )
    • Re-issue of 70’s manga in a beautiful bound edition
    • Two stories in which we follow a young woman with strange powers upending situations with even stranger circumstances
  • Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda (Adult, horror, 2022)
    • Vampire Lydia is at the threshold of independent adulthood while also existing within several interstitial spaces
    • Makes great use of vampirism as a vehicle for exploring one’s personal identity

Manga

  • Chainsaw Man Vol. 4 – 11 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (dark fantasy shonen, 2021-2022)
    • Denji is a devil-human hybrid working for public safety to take down the Gun Devil
    • Twists on twists on small details that pay off later
    • Definitely will be rereading this one at some point

Until next year,
Jo

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