How on Earth is it finally April? For once, I do not say “where did this month go?” because it DRAGGED on. I’m pretty sure I hated everything about this month now that I realized it. March felt like it was 8000 days long, and honestly I hated every minute of it. And I swear to god, if April starts being like March-I’ll start a riot. And it’s April, I’m not liking every bit of it.
- School has been cancelled until April 30th. It was originally going to be until March 30th, until the governor decided to announce that all schools in CO are to remain close until April 30th 😢. I don’t think I’ll be returning after this, my sister’s school already canceled the rest of the year-putting my dad out of work until he could find another job. He’s lucky he gets paid, but my brother is the luckiest one. He has a job right now and can go to work, yet he complains.
- My New York trip has been cancelled 😢. I was really looking forward to it, but because COVID19 happened; that won’t be happening. And besides I wouldn’t be going because New York is on lockdown. I’ll be going back there when I’m older for bookcon and hopefully go see the places where I was supposed to see.
- I won’t be having my wisdom teeth coming out any time soon. Medicaid denied me “because they didn’t realize that I’d be put to sleep, and won’t cover it”. It’s fine-it’s not like I could feel my wisdom teeth. You’d think they’d would have thought-hey this person’s wisdom teeth is impacted-they’d accept it. Ok, I could feel 1 because the pressure is bad sometimes.
- I keep winning a few giveaways, and that’s such a surprise. I have no idea why that is-but I’m okay with it. It’s seems that my good luck is happening. I just a preorder of a book, a book plate, and a signed book. I’m okay with this, since it’s rare for me to win something.
- My cat managed to sprain in his leg. I love my cat so much, and seeing him like this breaks my heart 😭😭.
- Colorado is officially on lockdown as of March 26th. That was the only thing they had left after the governor ordered schools to be closed. Everything got shut down quickly including my library and who knows when this lockdown will last because it’s supposed to end “April 11th”. From what I’ve seen, Colorado has now over 4500 cases. (as of 4/5/20 as it’s increasing)
- My counselors called me problematic/not okay and my principal took their side, but he will talk to my teacher about an alternative assignment. But that hurts. They insulted me, and he allowed that. And than they had the nerve, to care afterwards. You’re terrible for my mental health.
- I got my flute back! I got it the day before my band competition and um, let’s just say we’re very bitter about the score and we know for sure next year will suck. The person fixed the problem, but we have to put it in the shop in the summer because the part specifically is 1 cm short and will have to be brought back to the people who manufactured it.
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales:
Mini-Review: This book was pretty damn cute, and adorable. It was so hard not to love it with the characters, the friends and the cute relationship between Ollie and Will. Though, there were a few things that I didn’t like mainly towards the end. There was the one thing that I liked about this book and was that cancer was bitch to everyone.
TW: Cancer, Death of a family member, chemotherapy, homophobia, dieting by a plus-size character, fat shaming, putting gender stereotypes on children, biphobia
Rep: Fat person, gay (both out & closeted) people, bisexual, and a possible latinx character
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron:
Mini-Review: This book seemed to have a lot of potential and it seemed to have it quite a bit. There was quite a bit of issues that made it obvious that it was a debut novel, but Barron has potential. The pacing was just terribly slow and this book really boring because it DRAGGED. The pacing affected the plot, and there was not-so-friendly parts issues. I didn’t mind the writing or world-building in general because those were really interesting. I felt like the characters could use a little bit more work.
TW: blood magic, an intentional infliction of self-injury in a ritual, challenging familial relationship, death of a child, death in battle scenes, mention of animal sacrifice (not on page), animal possession, mind manipulation, and an act of a sexual nature that occurs when a character tricks another character while disguising their appearance.
Rep: Black (West-African) Cast
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco:
Mini-Review: This book was really interesting. I enjoyed it, even though there were a few places, where I didn’t really like it, but I’m so glad I picked it up! I was hooked from the first page and was really enjoying the plot a lot! There were a few places where the pacing affected the book, but was still nice. I really liked the character, though there were slight moments when they blended together, but it was still good. Chupeco’s writing is still on point and I loved it!
TW: PTSD depiction, violence, gore, mention of sexual assault, talk of death, and war themes.
Rep: Lesbian MC, amputee MC, Bisexual MC, PTSD MC, chronically ill MC
My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong:
Mini-Review: This book was just downright terrible. I did not like Iris and found her extremely annoying, dumb and just spoiled in general. She is so unlikeable that it made reading the book terrible. She doesn’t even grow as a character until the LAST 20 PAGES. Some of the scenes were downright hilarious, because there is no way-someone sane or reasonable would do that.
TW: Underage Drinking, drunk driving, vomiting, cheating, death threats
Rep: Chinese American MC, Chinese Immigrants, side characters, Chinese side characters, Korean side character
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina:
Bio: This book was really powerful to read. It does cover Black lives Matter movement, and police brutality. It was really painful to read because Alfonso was just buying a suit until a white officer shot him, because a hnager looked like a gun. Honestly how does a hanger look like a gun? Colored scenes probably could made this book a lot better, and having a less confusing storyline would have made this ten times better.
TW: Police Brutality, Racism, gunshot wounds, death, convicted of a false crime (raping someone), blood
Rep: Black MC, Black Side characters, Jewish Side character, Puerto Rican side character
The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis:
Mini-Review: This book was certainly interesting in a way. It took me a little more than 1/2 way through the novel, to really even care about what was happening because there wasn’t really interesting about it. There was a slow pace to it, where nothing exciting happened until the last 100 pages where it finally got good. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters too much, but I really liked Rafe and Cassi more than Layana and Xander. The writing was beautiful, but there were problems with some of the world-building terms and the repetition of the word ‘mate’. I didn’t really care too much about the romance-Rafe and Layana was instalove while Xander and Layana was boring.
TW: Blood, Fantasy Violence, Death
Rep: Black MC
A Blade So Black by L.L McKinney:
Mini-Review: This book was really interesting and I liked the take on Alice in Wonderland and Buffy. It made it so much cooler, and so hard not to love! The relationships and the characters were truly a highlight in this story, and so hard not to love! I had a little bit issues of the pacing, and the writing mostly, but it was still so good!
TW: Death of Parent, death of loved one, grief, fantasy violence, kidnapping, blood, mentions of dementia/Alzheimer’s, death of a child
Rep: Black MC, Black Side characters, Latina side character, Chinese side character
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter:
Mini-Review: This book was really good. I loved the positive views on grandparents especially since I’m really close to mine. I seriously adored the book terms that was littered in this book, and talking about how authors likes treating teen bloggers. Teen bloggers are treated differently than adult ones a lot. I liked the characters, but that’s as far I’d go with them. Halle was a shitty person, but I appreciate the rep with her anxiety. Nash was truly precious and I liked him a lot better than Halle. The ending was really surprising, and so hard not to love. I did wish the romance was better though.
TW: Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Death of a family member, grief,
Rep: Biracial Side Character (Asian, White), Jewish MC+Side characters, Anxiety
Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke:
Mini-Review: This book seemed to be interesting, but I started to dislike it more I went on. The characters are really boring and I could care less about them. The writing seemed to be decent, but had a problem with its world-building when it concerned viable information. The plot was nonexistent up until the end, and nothing stood out about it. The romance was where I kinda lost in this book.
TW: Poverty, Blood, broken bones, gouged eyes, violence, mentions of parental death, sexism (challenged), taken against will (mentioned), alcoholism, gambling, verbal abuse (mentioned), executions, near death experiences, gun shot wounds, stabbing
Rep: F/F in the background, and possible POC (not described well) in the background
Spellhacker by M.K. England:
Mini-Review: This book is amazing even when I reread it! I adore this Queer SFF book a lot and it’s becoming even more of my favorite! The queer characters in this book just gives me life, and I love how different they are in this “found-family” book. The plot was interesting; it could be a little better, but the writing makes it up. England’s writing is so amazing and its obvious they developed the world-building well!
TW: Blood, Death of parent (mentioned), Plague, Fantasy Violence, Assassination attempt
Rep: POC, Queer Cast (primarily sapphic MC, non-binary love interest, bi secondary character, widowed lesbian bakery owner, elderly science husbands)
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt:
Mini-Review: This book was okay from the first novel. This book was really messy with how events happened. The first half was fine, but the second half was just terrible. I couldn’t follow the storyline and the Inventor was pathetic as a villain. This book shows some proper Muslim rep and I love it. The one thing I really love was the dog that was in this book. He was so adorable.
TW: Fantasy Violence, death of an animal, cults (mentioned), death, brainwashing
Rep: Pak-American MC, Muslim MC & Side characters, Black side characters
Book Tags/Discussion/Blog Tours/Memes:
I read very few books in March. I don’t think it helped if my body decided to go nope on romance and didn’t want to read. March’s Progress left at 41/200. It’s still good, though I was aiming for 45/200, but it’s fine. It’d be easy to catch up. 3 Black Authors, 2 Latinx authors, 2 Asian Authors, 4 ARCs, 2 Graphic Novels, 1 Muslim Author, 3 Queer books
Around the Blogosphere:
Krisha added 46 South Asian books to add to your TBR. There are a mix of middle grade/YA/Adult in this list, and I love some of these books. If you’re looking to read more books by South Asian authors this year, take a look at this list.
Bea’s review of Yes No Maybe So is really well put and sheds some insight about this book. I haven’t read this book yet, but I will soon and hopefully I can enjoy some aspects of it even if the Muslim rep is the same. (Her Blog is absolutely amazing, and I feel like she deserves some more followers!)
Genie shared some of the tips in supporting local indie bookshops especially during this time. It’s really important, because these businesses are struggling and during the outbreak, it’d be a lot harder.
Kate shared her 2 year blog anniversary Q&A! Kate is an amazing blogger, and I loved reading this Q&A and getting to know about her.
How was March for you? Did you read any amazing books? Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!
About the Blogger:
Lori is an advocate for all things diverse to help those who are in the margins. She loves reading, but music holds a dear place in her heart. She is a teenager in high school, a feminist, and is in the LGBTQ+ community. Uses she/her or they/them pronouns 🌈