WORDS I READ
- The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman [4/5]
- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo [4/5]
- A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett [5/5]
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [5/5] *
- I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett [5/5]
- The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett [5/5] *
- Vicious by V.E Schwab [5/5]*
- Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee, Illustrated by Petra Eriksson [5/5]
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi [4.5/5]
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao [5/5]
- The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien [5/5] – REREAD
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young [5/5]
So March and April were better reading months than January and February (see here) and I’ve also read some high quality books, guess who is pleased as Punch?
There was no such thing as the worst book I read these two months, unless I count the long time it took me to finish The Invisible Library because of the staid prose. Which I don’t.
I read THREE Best Books of my Life; Illuminae, Vicious and The Shepherd’s Crown all three of which left me speechless, unable to form coherent thoughts and kept me up on stormy nights, ruminating and ruminating. Those are the best kind of books.
WORDS I WROTE
I have picked up the pace on my work in progress, tentatively titled The Sleeping Prince. It is an ancient Sri Lanka – inspired fantasy based loosely on a gender-swapped Sleeping Beauty retelling. It is set in a world that mirrors Sri Lanka circa 5th or 6th century when it was ruled by the Chola Dynasty. It is very much an own voices story.
I was asked to guest post on C.K Gemmell’s blog under the Storyweaver Feature, for which I wrote about The Perils of Being Governed by Tropes. You can find that piece on Cait’s blog.
NOTABLE BLOG POSTS
I recently discovered the brilliant Terri Windling whose website is a fantasy fan’s eccentric dream come true.
- Terri Windling – Why We Need Fantasy
- The J.R.R Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature – Victoria Schwab’s Tolkien Lecture (youtube video)
- J.Y Yang – On Historical Accuracy in Worldbuilding – A Twitter Thread
- Eulachacha Waikiki/ Laughter in Waikiki (comedy/sitcom) – ★★★★★
- My Ahjusshi (slice of life) – ongoing
- Suits (Korea) – ongoing (which is fun if you haven’t watched the original Suits)
How was your last two months in terms of reading and writing?