April Reads

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.