April Reads

1 May 2014

So this month thanks to my new job and with C2E2 this weekend… I’ve barely read anything this month. I’m sort of glad I front-loaded some of my reading this year so now that I’m crazy busy/mentally exhausted, I’m not completely behind on my goal. Next month will probably be just as busy, but I’ll get at least one more novel, because of a book tour, and a few trades as well.

Novels & Short Stories

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer – So from Cyborg Cinderella, we go to Little Red Riding Hood… While I’m enjoying this story, it’s hard for me to get completely immersed in the books. I get that this series is set way in the future after a couple more world wars, but it just feels hard to believe that 1) so much of the old culture is lost, 2) everyone speaks English (which, yes, I know makes the book easier), and 3) that they’ve given up on countries to go for singularly controlled continent areas (oh, and yes, people living on the moon long enough to become their own race with special abilities). While I’m curious to how they got to the world they’re in now, I realize in the grand scheme of the series maybe that doesn’t matter that much.

Comics & Graphic Novels

Batman/Superman Vol 1: Cross World by Greg Pak & Jae Lee – I’m not a huge Superman fan. I just have little interest in the character. But I thought maybe this book that features him with someone I do actually like, Batman, might be a good way to get into him. Overall the story wasn’t bad… but, I just don’t know if it did enough to get me invested. Also, if you’re not paying attention to the details in the art, it’s hard to tell who’s who. Which seems logical, but when you’ve got two Batmans and two Supermans running around, well… yeah. Not so simple.

Ms. Marvel #3 by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona – Yay! More is happening! I’m still really loving this series so far, and we’re barely scratching the surface with it. However, I will say, I’m still waiting for the Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel rather than having her apparence become that of the older/traditional Ms. Marvel. I mean, it’s all over the covers, yet we have this beautiful, amazing teenage Muslim girl who becomes a blonde-hair white girl when she uses her super powers. Not really ok if this doesn’t change. (But again, Kamala just got her super powers, so there’s bound to be a little learning curve with her background.)

Hellboy in Hell, Vol. 1: The Descent by Mike Mignola – First Hellboy book. I’ve seen the movie (Oh Ron Pullman, why do you fascinate me so?)… but never read any of the comics. So when I got a chance to get an ARC of volume 1, I jumped on it! I really love the art style in this book. I was a little worried that because I didn’t really know his history I’d be lost, but really, it wasn’t too bad just jumping into this series blind. I look forward to the next.

Like last year, I set a goal of reading 50 books this year. According to Goodreads, I’ve now read 23 books and am 7 books ahead of schedule.

  • B

    I’m so behind on picking up my comics I’m scared to see what the cost is. LOL

    • Erini

      I’m slowly getting caught with a few of the new series — thanks to trades. I think after this week, I’ll be ready to add Batgirl (New 52) to my subscriptions (which right now only includes Ms. Marvel). By the end of this month-ish I’d like to be caught up on that, Batman, Hawkeye, and start the new Deadpool. And hopefully by then I can actually afford to keep up with these!

  • Ah! Hellboy! I love the art too!
    I’ve been bad on this year’s reading too! Time to get into shape!

    • Erini

      I was fine while unemployed, but yeah, now with a job.. I need to figure out a good reading schedule! I have a full hour for lunch (which I’m on now), but there’s no good lounge to sit and read (yet). It would be amazing to get to 75 books (including comics) this year if possible!

  • I’ve been doing really good with my reading this year… I had picked a really modest goal of 30 this year (I had 20 last year and the only made it on the technicality that Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 5 books and I’d read 2 out of 5) , and currently I’ve read 19 out 30, and am 10 books ahead of goal… so I’m wondering if I should be bumping up my goal a bit… Maybe I’ll do that when I finally reach 30.

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