April in (Reading) Review

We've reached the end of another month! Thanks to NOT being completely run off my feet by incomplete projects and querying agents, I managed to put April (my break month, in many ways) to good use and read many books. The best of the crop (again, in no particular order):

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett.* Sir Terry Pratchett. Certainly an author who I would have loved to meet, even though I didn't dig everything about his style. I love this series though - Tiffany Aching, a young witch raised on chalk country, dukes it out with the Queen of the Fairies with the help of the Wee Free Men. Just delightful. If you're interested in checking out Pratchett's work but aren't completely sold on Discworld, I would recommend this one. Or The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, or Monstrous Regiment.

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer. Part writing course, part inspiration compendium, this book is a great one for any writer interested in looking at their craft through a weirder lens. Crafted specifically for speculative fiction writers, but most of it applies to any writer, really.

Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones.* I'm currently engrossed in reading/re-reading everything Diana Wynne Jones has ever written. This one I read out loud to my fiance, giggling most of the way through. The thing that stuns me about Jones is how artfully she plays off of known tropes to create something that feels completely new. The reappearance of Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer doesn't hurt either.

The Inheritance Trilogy, by N. K. Jemisin.* I've read the trilogy separately before, but I bought the omnibus before coming out to Australia because it was inexpensive and I felt like reading it again. My advice? All three books are VERY worth it...but I wouldn't recommend reading them back to back, as it gets a bit much altogether. Still, these books are great innovative fantasy. Much love.

The Far West, by Patricia C. Wrede. This is the final volume of the Frontier Magic trilogy, an alternate history frontiers-y series straddling middle grade and young adult. I wasn't amazed by the second book in the series, but I was so taken by the world that I had to find out what happened next. World building! Oh my goodness, the world building!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling.* Does anything really need to be said on this one? My fiance and I are doing a re-read together (because I feel like it mostly - paired with the movies for compare/contrast purposes), and oh, these books. Ohhhh, this series. What I love most about Rowling is that honestly, I don't even really care if nothing much is happening plot-wise, because I am so wrapped up in the world. (And the thing is, something is ALWAYS happening, even if it feels quiet. Literally everything in this series comes back around at some point. I NEED to know how she did it.)

This Monstrous Thing, by Mackenzi Lee. Finally got my hands on an e-ARC of my wonderful critique partner's debut novel, which is due out in September. (I hadn't yet read the final product.) If you're into alternate history, Frankenstein, steampunk, and tangled-up family relationships, this book is one for you!

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. If you're into compelling nonfiction, OR if you have some habits you'd like to break, pick up this book.

Books read in April: 21. (That's more like it. Although May has been scheduled for heavy-duty revisions, which means that it'll probably be another light month coming up...)

*Interestingly, four out of the eight books featured are re-reads for me. Hmm.