Goal-setting is good. With that in mind, I’ve realized I’m being altogether too optimistic about my reading abilities! Here’s what I plan to crack open in April:
1) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: A killer historical fantasy featuring assassin nuns. When I drafted my TBR a couple of days ago, I didn’t realize how quickly I’d blast through it! It’s already been released, and I’ve just finished reading it as of this post - so look for a review sometime in the (hopefully) near future.
2) The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry: An interesting mix of steampunk and paranormal, this one features a teenager named Lena on the search for her missing father, who disappeared into a mysterious wilderness populated by “Peculiars” many years before. (Potentially disastrous? Potentially awesome?)
3) Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott: With a fairytale-esque premise, and some dark undertones, Shadows is about a young girl named Suzume capable of re-creating her identity through the magic of shadow-weaving. Looks absolutely gorgeous!
4) The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: Holy freak. Need I even explain? In case I do, this is the delightful Julie Kagawa’s take on vampire mythology. Let’s hope she can infuse some of her magic into this sadly over-worked genre. So very, very excited!
5) The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda: A Hunger Games feel with a vampiric spin, Hunt deals with a human boy forced to run with a pack of vampires, all the while trying to resist the allure of a girl he can’t have.
6) Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco: This one is a thick, journalistic graphic novel about Joe Sacco’s experience talking to the victims of a historically-footnoted incident in the 1950s Gaza Strip, relating to the war between Israel and Palestine.
7) Diamond Grill by Fred Wah: Another prescribed piece of Can Lit, this time a collection of prose-poetry dealing with Wah’s experience as a Chinese-Canadian, seen through the lens of the eponymous Diamond Grill restaurant.
8) The Fox by D. H. Lawrence: Technically a novella, Lawrence’s modernist classic presents two parallel stories (a fox menacing a chicken farm, and a man menacing the two women who own it) in a social commentary.
9) Molloy by Samuel Beckett: I wish I could tell you what this book is about. Kind of an ambitious read for me - the first paragraph is 82 pages long! That’s right… What am I getting myself into?
10) The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah: Sadly all of the images of this one’s cover are extremely tiny, extremely blurry, or both. A piece of African literature dealing with a railway clerk living in modern-day Ghana and dealing with the issues that no doubt arise from such a situation.
Left unread from my March TBR and thereby transfered over is Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. There are a couple of reasons I didn’t get to this one in March, and hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on that in my review! Which should actually be posted this month. Hopefully.