Books I reviewed in April
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★★★★)
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (★★★★½)
- In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks (★★)
(Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews!)
I only posted three reviews in April. 😣 It's been a bit of a busy month. The best book I reviewed was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Really amazing and atmospheric historical fiction with an element of fantasy and awesomely feminist!
Aside from In a World Just Right, I read four other books this month. Two of them were five-star reads: look out for What We Left Behind by Jessica Verdi and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, because they are both AMAZING! I also read Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa which was really awesome and super queer. And The Dark Light by Julia Bell, which was kinda disappointing. Reviews for all these books to come closer to publication!
Also on the blog in April
I announced that I'm going to be one of the blog hosts for Queer YA Scrabble, an event promoting queer YA books that will take place from 6-8 June in support of Stonewall UK. You can read all about it here!
Things that happened in April
Okay, I've had a pretty great April in comparison to March! I spent the last day of March and the first few days of April getting completely and utterly obsessed with Black Sails. If you haven't heard of Black Sails, it's a Starz TV show about pirates set in the early 18th century. It's ostensibly a prequel to Treasure Island, but it includes real historical figures among its cast, and it's honestly so wonderfully complex and it's got great female characters and most importantly: SO MANY QUEER CHARACTERS WHOSE QUEERNESS IS INTEGRAL TO THE STORYLINE. (Oh and everyone is super attractive, help.) I was gonna do a whole post on this blog flailing about this show and why everyone should watch it and that may still happen but anyway. JUST WATCH IT. (Warning: S1 is not as good as S2 but still pretty good; S1 contains a lot of rape whereas S2 contains none.)
I then went to America for two weeks with my mum. We went to New York first, then Washington, then Orlando. I've been to New York before, but not Washington or Orlando, and I really, really loved Washington! We happened to be there for the cherry blossoms even though this wasn't actually something my mum thought of at all when she was planning the trip, and oh my gosh, the cherry blossoms were just beautiful. 🌸
But honestly, my favourite part of the trip had to be the theme parks in Orlando. We went to Universal for two days and Disney World for two, and I loved both. There weren't that many people, especially in Universal, so I got to go on the water rides again and again and it was just so much fun. And HP world was AMAZING, obviously!
I really wish I could have spent more time in Disney World. I only got to go to Magic Kingdom and Epcot! But it was lots and lots of fun and my mum bought me Stitch to cuddle and I love him so much.
And then I came back from America and term started at Oxford, so I've been busy reading Hellenistic poetry and writing essays and stuff. When I'm not busy doing that, I've actually been busy rediscovering the joys of Harry/Draco fanfiction... I used to be obsessed with Harry/Draco when I was like, 11 or so, but it was an obsession that faded pretty rapidly. But I've still always been fond of that pairing, and now I'm diving headfirst into fandom again and reading all the awesome fics. I CAN'T STOP, HELP.
I also saw Avengers: Age of Ultron! It was pretty great. Honest opinion time: I don't like the big Avengers team movies half as much as I like the individual ones. My favourite MCU movies so far are probably like, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the first Iron Man. And maybe the first Thor as well. Still, I think I actually liked this second Avengers movie more than the first. I liked all the stuff going on with Natasha. I'm still so sad she doesn't get her own movie. 😩
Anyway, hopefully the blog will be a bit more alive again in May as I settle back into the rhythm and routine of term (and stop reading so much Harry/Draco fic, omg).