April has been a whirlwind of a month! I was quite busy with work, joined CampNaNoWriMo and read some amazing books. I don’t have much of an introduction today because my creative juices are very much low. Don’t forget to get some sunshine today!
THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR
OH MY GOD. I don’t think I understood yearning before I read this book. Time War is one of the most emotional and most beautifully written books. The book follows two time traveling spies on opposing spies who end up writing letters to each other. I love how their feelings developed over time from competitiveness to curiosity to affection. I finished this book in early April but I am really craving a re-read. Sadly, the book I read was borrowed and I just really want my own copy so I can annotate it.
THE DRAGON OF JIN-SAYENG BY K.S. VILLOSO
I can’t believe The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen is actually over. I remember asking around for The Wolf of Oren-Yaro on Twitter and the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy. That was the start of my love for Orbit Books. K.S. Villoso is an incredible writer whose books are imbued with our culture and our beliefs. Any Filipino who reads Kay’s books will be able to pick the nuances of Filipino traditions and family relationships. The Ikessar Falcon delves into the political climate, the gap between the haves and the have-nots and what Tali’s neglect brought on her people. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng explores family legacies, the expectations from women in power and loyalty to one’s nation. I hold this series very closely to my heart.
BOOKS I ENJOYED
THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL BY NGHI VO
Ever since I read The Empress of Salt and Fortune, I knew I would be reading every book Nghi Vo puts out. So, of course, The Chosen and The Beautiful was on my list. This veers away from Nghi Vo’s Singing Hills Cycle; I would consider The Chosen and The Beautiful as magic realism. Although I have watched Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I haven’t read the book, so I’m not sure if this gap in my knowledge has somehow influenced how I feel about Chosen. I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. This isn’t to say that my experience was bad. Nghi Vo has one of the most beautiful writings I’ve ever read. The characters were messy and unlikable which I think was the author’s intentions. Reading the book felt like dunking my head underwater – everything was beautiful but hazy. I loved that aspect of the book. I think, for me, what I wanted more of was Jordan’s relationship with her race and culture. I wanted to understand how this had affected her paper magic and explore a bit more of her identity. Overall, though, I do think The Chosen and The Beautiful is a beautiful book and one that is worthy of a re-read.
IF I HAD YOUR FACE BY FRANCES CHA
BOOKS THAT WERE OKAY
THE RIGHT SWIPE BY ALISHA RAI
This was a really cute romance book that explored the experience of women entrepreneurs, is a feminist lens on hookup culture and tackled the deficiency of proper health care for athletes. Although the book tackles important issues, the romance just did not sway me as much.
MORE ORGASMS PLEASE: WHY FEMALE PLEASURE MATTERS
Another book that was just okay for me. I did enjoy reading it but a lot of what it said were things I already knew. So there were times when I would not read the book for days because of this. I did like it’s empowering message and the book did acknowledge it’s lack of intersectionality which I appreciated. More Orgasms Please is definitely a good read for those looking for more information on sexual education and women’s pleasure, however, keep in mind that is told from a Western lens. It does not take into account how culture and race affects the way we think of sex. Most of the information is better geared towards cis-women. If you’re cis or from the West, this book is a good starting point, otherwise, I recommend looking elsewhere.
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GOODREADS // STORYGRAPH // AMAZON // BLACKWELL’S
🌸 I’m hosting two giveaways this month! They are small fundraisers to aid COVID relief in India. The first is for any book for your choice upto $15 from Book Depository. You can choose to donate to any organisation of your choice. This giveaway ends on June 13.
🌸 The second giveaway is for a physical copy of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso! This is another small fundraiser to help COVID relief in India. Kay was kind enough to donate a copy for this giveaway.
🌸 Since I recently got into audiobooks I wanted to share my experience. In my post, What I Love about Audiobooks, I share how I got into audiobooks, my experience with them and some audiobooks I want to try.
🌸 In my post about What Makes Me Pick Up a Book, I explore how the books I choose have changed over time.
🌸 This is an old post I updated where I shared two original short stories that are a Retelling of Classic Fairytales. I hope you enjoy them!
📚 Your Tita Kate shares how she plans her life digitally. Personally, I use a physical journal but I have also been giving Notion a try for my blogging and writing.
📚 Servillas Speaks shares 10 Autistic Authors You Should Check Out
🌸 How had April been for you? What are you looking forward to this May?
🌸 Don’t forget to link your wrap up post in the comments!
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