April slipped through my fingers like sand. Four books, read. Four thousand books, stared at longingly. Choosing three favorites this month was fucking ridiculous. Having read four books total, I just removed the only book I didn’t like from the list and called the rest “favorites.” The silver lining being that I will finally be able to do a monthly wrap-up wherein I talk about every book I read. And didn’t read.
The April Books
32. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
33. Bossypants by Tina Fey (audio)
34. Saga: Book One by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples (re-read)
35. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (audio)
Did not finish: The Bees by Laline Paull (gave up on page 91)
The April Thoughts
Fuck The Bees. Seriously. I heard so much buzz about The Bees (hahahahahaha horriblepunishorrible hahahahaha). I bought it at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I started reading it and found myself bored and apathetic. Too much royal court drama, too familiar a story, not enough weird. Goodbye, The Bees.
Hello, Bossypants. Bossypants was legitimatly awesome. I am aware of Tina Fey. I might have seen her on Weekend Update a couple of times. However, it wasn’t Tina Fey fangirldom that drew me to Bossypants, but the promise of humor, a coincidence (being lent the audio book), and the fact that it checks the “memoirs written and read by female artists” box I have been chasing a lot this year. There was humor. There was feminism. There were interesting antecdotes about an industry I know almost nothing about. At 5 hours and 35 minutes, it is a snack-sized read with just enough depth to keep me awake. With conspicusouly bad timing, I followed Bossypants with the audio book of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, another tv comedian/actor memoir, and one that invoked all the eye rolling.
As for Saga, oh VALIS, I love Saga. I didn’t know I could love comics until I read Saga. I still wouldn’t say I love comics, all comics, any comics, come what may, but I love Saga with every charred piece of my heart. Every time I read it I love it even more. In April, I convinced the Beard to read it, and he loved it so much, and talked about it so much, that I decided to re-read it with him. I knew there was a good reason to buy all of the trade collections and the hardback. Volume 6 drops in June…
(Comic tangent: Volume 3 of Rat Queens is waiting for me at my local comic store. I have heard that it is not good. I quake in fear. I do not want to stop loving Rat Queens. Maybe I shouldn’t read it? HELP.)
Perhaps, now, I should mention The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. The details are coming in a separate post, but in short: I didn’t like Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. At all. I had to force myself to finish. The fact that I was determined to finish it at all kept me from reading other things this month that I might have enjoyed. Bitterness built up atop my dislike. I was relieved when I read the final paragraph. Oh well.
April ended on Eleanor and Park, a sweet and angsty and sad and adorable love story about two teenagers in Nebraska. The audio book was narrated by a man and a women who read Eleanor and Park’s respective chapters. I prefered the female narrator, but it was a casting choice that helped aurally recreate the book’s structure (alternating PoV chapters). Heavy on the LOOK LOOK ROMEO AND JULIET PARELLELS AND COMMENTARY LOOK LOOK LOOK, but with more emotional heft because unlike Romeo and Juliet, Eleanor and Park actually take the time to get to know each other before falling head over heels. While I prefer Rainbow Rowell’s SFFinal work, but have found her writing to be just what my brain wants after a brain-numbingly long day of work. Once I read Landline, I will have unlocked the Read all the Rainbow Rowell Acheivement, though I suspect that Carry On will remain my favorite.
Oh, Right, The Hugos
— Book Punks (@bookpunks) April 26, 2016
And for now, that is all I am going to say about that.
How was your reading month? Did you listen to books? Did you read books? Are you angry at the Hugos and BFFs with the Clarke Award these days?