APRIL WRAP UP & MAY READINGS

Hey-o! I is back and today is May 6 which means April is done and I can do an April wrap-up and a May readings post. So April in a way was a good month when it came to reading. I didn’t read a lot of novels, but I read a lot of poetry and graphic novels. Actually, I only read 1 novel. In total, I read 3 graphic novels, 4 poetry books, 1 short story and 1 novel for a total of 9 books. This month I also continued reading and started reading a lot of books. I wish I had read more and by more I mean novels. There were a couple of novels that needed to be finished this month, but ever since I finished Vicious I haven’t been in a reading novels mood.  I hadn’t thought about it this way, but I guess Vicious by V.E. Schwab put me on a book hangover. I hadn’t noticed until I typed it all down. Vicious was an ebook from the library—even though I just ordered the signed hardcovered edition (!!!)—but so was Americanah. They both had a due date and Vicious due date was actually after the Americanah’s one, but I finished before. This means that I couldn’t put it on pause while I finished the other books. But ever since I finished Vicious I kept trying to finish Americanah and I just couldn’t get myself to read it or anything at all. I don’t know why I didn’t notice it was Vicious’ fault all along. Well, I don’t want to make this post too long so let’s start naming names.

Graphic novels:

  1. 513q2bn3n+L._SL250_FMpng_.jpg.pngVampire Academy by Richelle Mead (original author), illustrated by Emma Vieceli, and adapted by Leigh Dragoon.
  2. Frostbite by Richelle Mead (original author), illustrated by Emma Vieceli, and adapted by Leigh Dragoon.
  3. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (original author), illustrated by Emma Vieceli, and adapted by Leigh Dragoon.

These are the graphic novels of the first three books in my favorite series ever so I am a little biased—okay, like a lot—but I loved them. I mean storywise I didn’t like certain changes (or I think they are, I haven’t read the books in years) like I know they’re graphic novels but it killed me that they didn’t put certain scenes or that they didn’t explain things like why Rose calls Dimitri comrade. I feel like they don’t really explain their dynamic and story as well as they could have.

Apart from that the graphic novels were good and are perfect for people that want to go straight to the point. It was a good refresher especially for me who has reread the second and third a lot but tend to ignore the first. It was also a nice refresher because I didn’t read things the useless things that turn me off but the story with the most important scenes. Since is focused on the action instead of the description is perfect for those who don’t like to read, but want to give it a try.

Final thoughts:

Apart from the changes, they were really good reads. If you like these graphic novels do yourself the favor and read the original book series. I’m totally saying this because I am the most biased human being in the world, but believe me when I tell you they will change you.

Rating: 5 stars

Poetry time

So, lately I’ve been into poetry, but poetry I can actually understand. I like poetry, what I don’t like is poetry with stilted language and imagery that you need a master degree in literature to understand. I might like reading but at the end of the day, I’m just a normal human being that doesn’t know a thing about literature. Therefore, I’m really into this new way of doing poetry. Lately, there has been a boom of poetry books that are in a language everyone can understand which is getting people to read poetry. I mean it’s working with me. I hardly read poetry unless it’s for class, and with this new boom of simple poetry, I keep finding myself buying and reading poetry. So far I’ve gotten 7 poetry book since March. I try to read them little by little before going to bed or during any free moment I have that I don’t want to read other types of book (AKA this whole past month), and I just love them. I know a lot of people criticize it. I even saw a person write something like “now everyone thinks that hitting enter makes them a poet” and I see his/her/they/it’s point. Sometimes I feel like certain poems don’t sound like poetry, but as if a person was just saying something, for example, a rant and they put it in the format of a poem a call it a poem. I saw that a couple of times on some of the last poems from Milk and Honey, but if the author said it’s a poem then it is. It doesn’t change the fact that there is some amazing stuff in those books. ANYWAY, the point is that I’m really into it and this month I read 4 poetry books and those are:

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1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This book is so good and I can see why the hype because it’s beautiful and it has pretty drawings. But man this is deep! It has some things that you have to reread it again to yourself, then out loud, then you have to close the book, put it down and just breathe, analyze and come to terms with the things it said there. I can see this seriously affecting those who have a bad relationship with their dad. It talks about girls as a creature, not a belonging, who own their body and are powerful, it talks about daddy issues and it talks about sexual abuse which is why I must say TRIGGER ALERT. Don’t read it if these things can trigger you. It’s powerful and beautiful, but I hate to agree with the haters there were some poems that for me it wasn’t poetry but a person ranting or saying something and calling it poetry. I’m talking about something that belongs in a paragraph which I would have to prefer to see it in one as part of the book. There’s only a few but enough for me not to be able to give it 5 full stars.

Favorite poem:

you were a dragon long before

         he came around and said

          you could fly

          you will remain a dragon

          long after he’s left

 

Rating:

4.5 stars

 

34335011.jpg2. Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez

I actually got this one for free. To celebrate its one year anniversary they gave the Kindle book free for a week. I saw on Twitter and I was like well it’s free so why not get it. I’m glad I did. This book like the title shows you is based on the guy she broke up with. The poems are stories of break up, falling in love, and the weakness and power we feel after a toxic breakup. These weren’t really big on metaphors and the message was more direct. They’re a bit like the part I didn’t like about Milk and Honey, people just saying something, but here I actually enjoyed it. I loved this so much. I recommend everyone to read it. This one, sadly, I read in a sitting because I was loving it so much.

Favorite poem:

you were made out of

stardust

and that’s why lovers

don’t understand you,

because you have galaxies

of life, love, and wildness

living inside of you

          they weren’t ready

to see that shooting

star spread like wildfire

throughout the sky

 

53498-1.jpg3. Love that dog by Sharon Creech

This book is the cutest. It was an impulse buy I mean 99% of the kindle books I get are an impulse buy, but I was not so sure about this book. I saw that it was poetry, saw people say it was good and cute, it was $0.99 well you do the math. Well, I can’t full on judge it because it is a book for kids. It’s about a boy who doesn’t want to write poetry, but his teacher keeps giving him poetry assignments. It’s told through poem where it’s basically him answering his teacher, but they’re simply just him talking kind of poem. Perfect for kids around 7 and on.

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4. I hope this reaches her in time by R.H. Sin

I feel like at this point I’m repeating myself here, but this is another good poetry book. It is more metaphors and less a person just talking versus Love, and You. Again, it is a really good and I loved it.

 

Favorite poem:

i was killing me

to give us life

i was drowning

to save the person

who kept pushing my head

underwater

Rating: 4 stars

… and then I only read one novel and a short story which is a companion to that book and those are:

13638125-1.jpgVicious by V.E. Schwab and Warm Up also by VE Schwab.

I won’t say much about these because I’m planning on posting a review at some point. I already wrote the review, but I’m not happy with it so I’m planning on rewriting and posting it. I really want to start posting reviews. All I’m going to say is that I loved the book and the short story and I recommend everyone to read it.

Now let’s talk about the book I started or continued but did not finish which are also my May readings.

1 ) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur188572.jpg Conan Doyle.

This book is one I plan to read little by little until the end of the year. I was planning on reading the third novel, BUT like I mentioned before I could not get myself to read. Still, this month I will definitely read it.

2 ) Bad Girls: throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

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This book is really good, but it’s something you read when you feel like reading something but not read it all at once. I read this book between classes while I wait for the professor because I don’t hate myself if I have to stop, plus I have it on my phone which makes it easier than to read it as a regular book or on my tablet. I can’t wait for my niece to be able to read it, but I want to wait a couple of years because she’s only 7 and this book talks about violence (beheading, burning alive,) cheating and other things I don’t think my sister-in-law would consider suitable for a 7-year-old.

PS this book is part of the list of books included with Amazon Prime.

3 ) Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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If you read my 8 books in 16 days book challenge (here) you know about this book. You know that I couldn’t get myself to finish it which is why I gave up on it. Well, one day there was a massive blackout in Puerto Rico—what else is new?—and I had nothing to read. I had left my tablet at home, I didn’t have internet so I couldn’t read from my computer, and my phone had no charge or signal. I didn’t want to start a new book so I decided to continue this one. In April I got myself to read 90 pages while reading a bunch of other books so I think that’s pretty good. I still don’t love it, but it’s definitely getting better. Maybe I’ll finish it this month.

4 ) 22055262.jpgA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

When I was looking for a non-YA book to read I decided to look for V.E. Shwab books since everyone had told me amazing things. I didn’t want to risk getting it and not liking it so I got it from the library. Well, all the copies were being used so I signed up for the waitlist. Well, since I was on the waitlist I had no control over when I was getting it and one day I randomly got the notification and well I decided to start it. At first, I was not as into it as much as I was expecting, but I was into it enough that when the due date came around and I wasn’t done I signed up for the waitlist, again, so I could finish it. After a while, I got it which is why I’m still reading it. I don’t know how I feel and I’m trying to figure what the heck is going on, but at the same time, right now I’m really enjoying it.

5 ) 34928122.jpgArtemis by Andy Weir

I can’t say much about this book because I have only read a three. This is a book a couple of friends and I decided to read together which why I’ve only read a couple of pages. Today I finished reading chapter 2 and 3 and I’m seriously enjoying it, but I still can’t give it a good middle-of-reading-the-book review. When I’m deep into the book I’ll let you know my thoughts.

39680145.jpg6 ) Stop Pretending: Poems About When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones

This is a very real, very sad and very eye-opening poetry book about a girl whose big sister “went crazy” but you can probably tell that by the title. It is good and I am really enjoying.

7 ) The Big Red Book by Rumi8668197.jpg

Now this poetry book is one I don’t know how to feel. Why? Well, I stopped reading, but if I’m not mistaken there’s a lot of imagery that’s related to the Islam, the religion, and a country, I don’t know which one, that practices this religion. The poem are also in the more complicated side and it has like a 50 pages long introduction which I proudly admit I skipped. I want to finish it but this imagery of topics and things I don’t understand are making it hard for me.

Now the next book I’m writing about I didn’t start it on April but on May 2. Which is why I’m only counting it as part of my May reads.

35140599.jpg8 ) All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by—too many authors to name, so I’m just going to mention the editor—Saundra Mitchel

This is an anthology of, as you can see by the title, of queer stories by queer authors. I guess we can say it belongs to the historical fiction genre. So I’ve only read two stories since as you can probably see by the pattern I want to read them little by little. I have read two so far. The first one is about a girl in love with a trans man and the second of a girl who falls in love with a girl. I loved the first one, but the second one I wasn’t a fan of. There’s still a bunch more stories so the book has time to make it up.

Now this book I read during April and finished yesterday and that’s

9 ) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie18209268.jpg

I don’t know how I feel about this book. At first, I was really into it, but then the book hangover came and made me not want to read it or any book really. At the same time, I started getting bored with the story. I feel like there’s not one strong plot, but different stories which just show little observations of America through the eyes of a Nigerian and it also shows you Nigeria through the eyes of a Nigerian. In that sense, it’s really interesting, but I fell like it had no real plot, no real story. So, I don’t know how to feel about it or how to rate it.

 

Well, that’s my April wrap up and my May readings. What are you currently reading?

Happy readings!

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