I didn’t get as much reading done this month as I have been lately, but that’s because I’ve been watching quite a few dramas — which is fine by me. I get good stories and characters out of those, too. Also, I’m starting grad school soon, and things are beginning to roll for that. So, fun times.
#1 – Lovely War by Julie Berry – ★★★★
Build and destroy, build and destroy. This game never grew old.
A touching novel that combines love, loss, war, and all the things in between. Marketed toward the young adult audience, it doesn’t water down the war, racism, or their implications, but it still captures that coming-of-age feeling through the ways in which these characters grow up with and through the war. I found the courtroom scenes with the gods in 1942 a bit jarring, but I still liked the nuances of their narrations.
#2 – The Twenty-Ninth Year by Hala Alyan – ★★★
What do we do with heartache? Tow it.
This is an interesting case of liking the voice more than the poems. I think it’s a good, cohesive collection, but some of the poems just didn’t work for me. There were a few lines that really struck me, though.
#3 – Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – ★★★★★
Do not judge too quickly that which you cannot understand.
This book is wonderful, yet full of heartache. It’s beautiful, yet harrowing. It is full of life, yet death lurks around every corner. And I want more of it.
#4 – Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka – ★★★★
This was really cute! I’d forgotten what getting little flutters from a manga felt like. It was really nice 🙂 I like how Yoshioka makes a new friend and we get to see a little bit into Kou’s history.
#5 – Magical Negro by Morgan Parker – ★★★
White bites: I stain the uniform.
I like how the wording in a lot of the poems is how people would actually say it, but for most of the poems I preferred the content over the structure.
#6 – The White Queen by Philippa Gregory – ★★
I am a woman who makes things happen, and I am not defeated yet.
Maybe I was too hopeful, but this ended up being another disappointment from Philippa Gregory. I actually found it boring when it should have been the opposite given the subjects of it. I think the was it was written was also rather sloppy. Better than The White Princess in my opinion, but I don’t think I’ll pick up another one of her books.
#7 – Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – ★★★★
You eliminate the parts of your life that others find strange — maybe that’s what everyone means when they say they want to “cure” me.
This book brings home the idea that people have preconceived notions of how others (especially women) should live and get upset when even complete strangers don’t fit that mold. I like that, in the end, Keiko stands up for herself. She may not be what she’s “supposed” to be according to society, but she’s what she wants to be.
#8 – The Tokaido Road by Lucia St. Clair Robson – ★★★★
I won’t be far. I will never be far. Not in this world or the next.
I could have walked the Tokaido Road many times over myself in the time it took me to read this book lol. Despite that, it really is good. I loved that we get to see the story of the 47 ronin through the perspective of a woman. And I’m always impressed when someone can craft a novel after real people and events and do them justice.
#9 – Book Love by Debbie Tung – ★★★
This was cute, if a little repetitive at times. Definitely relatable. I’m glad I happened across it.
#10 – Sheets by Brenna Thummler – ★★★★
This is really nice, and the artwork is beautiful. I think it would be a good book to give a child who’s lost a loved one, so I’m putting that in a mental drawer to save for later.
I’m not making a TBR for April because I’m just kind of going with the flow at the moment, but I do have some ARCs I need to get to and some library books I should probably read. Other than that, I want to make a dent in my collection of translated Korean and Japanese books.
March wasn’t a great month for me in terms of Romanceopoly. I did get my #RomanceopolyShelfie up over on my Instagram, which you can see here.
The books I read for the Romanceopoly last month were The White Queen, which you can see I didn’t enjoy as much as I’d hoped to, and Convenience Store Woman, which was a very pleasant discovery.
This month I’m just going to try to continue making my way through the challenges. Next up are a book from one of the book boyfriends lists, a new adult book set in college, and a book in which the characters go on a journey.