Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (★★★☆☆)
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (★★★★☆)
A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams (★★★☆☆)
Practical Magic by Nikki Van De Car (★★★★★)
Assembly by Natasha Brown (★★★★☆)
Madam by Phoebe Wynne (★★★☆☆)
Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater (★★★★★)
Dragonslayer by Duncan Hamilton (★★★☆☆)
Breach of Peace by Daniel Greene (★★★★☆)
Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★★)
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (★★★★☆)
The Colour of God by Ayesha S. Chaudry (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 12 YEARLY SO FAR: 58
It’s been a weird reading month. I can’t seem to determine if I’m in a reading slump or if I’m just being extra picky about the books I read. I DNF’d three books this month, and set two aside for later reading, when I’m in a hopefully better mood. I don’t know, I feel like this year in general I’ve been way more liberal with DNF-ing, and that tends to make me think I’m in a slump, but maybe I’m just being extra discerning? Because I have managed to read quite a few books this month, and I have five-starred and four-starred a few of them, so maybe I’m just being real with myself about which books I don’t want to waste my energy on.
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 5 YEARLY SO FAR: 46
I started off the month by almost immediately DNF-ing POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt lmaooo, literally did not even make it 20 pages into the book before I put it down. Pretentious, distant literary fiction works for a lot of people, but it’s just really, really not for me except in a handful of circumstances, and I need to learn to stop forcing myself to try to like it. In any case, one of these exceptions was THE OPHELIA GIRLS, which I picked up completely on a whim after seeing a review on Goodreads, and I enjoyed it a lot even though it does have aspects of pretentious lit fic. It was beautifully written and full of mythological symbolism.
Hex Life by Christopher Golding & Rachel Autumn Deering (★★★★☆)
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster (★★★★★)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 6 YEARLY SO FAR: 29
I…have had a rather dismal reading month. I DNF’d three books, skimmed the non-fiction book I was reading, and generally just did not love most of what I read. I was definitely in a slump for much of the month, brought on by a variety of factors (one of which I am certain is Mansfield Park, which was such a slog!). Thankfully, over this past week I have been slowly fighting my way out of the slump, and I look forward to a much better reading month in May!
The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 10 YEARLY SO FAR: 25
It does seem like I read a lot this month, and I certainly read more than I did last month, but I also read two teeny tiny novellas and a couple of shorter novels, which is probably why my overall count is so inflated. It was a pretty good reading month; I found some new favorites and was entertained by some classics.