Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

My mood read project is turning out to be pretty successful! ICYMI, in February I broke with my tradition of book monogamy (reading only ever one book at a time) to allow for a mood read book. My plan was simply to allow myself to have a book on backburner, one that wasn’t on my monthly TBR and had no deadlines associated with it. It’s simply a book to read when I feel like and not because of any review deadline.

I finished KUSHIEL’S DART at the tail end of March, then used my mood read slot to read LEGENDS & LATTES (a perfect use of a mood read if there ever was one). My current mood read is THRAWN ASCENDANCY: GREATER GOOD, a STAR WARS book I’ve been trying to get to the top of my TBR pile for months. I’ve been finding that my mood reads are good for bed time, because while I enjoy them, they’re often lighter affairs that I can focus on when I’m tired and/or less prone to make me fall into the trap of “just oooone more chapter and oh god it’s 1am.”

Great Series Read Update

Another month of excellent progress, though it was mostly due to keeping up on my ARCs. I completed sequels FEVERED STAR and SUNDERED SOULS, as well as prequel novella THE JADE SETTER OF JANLOON. I also did my reread of SHOREFALL, getting me all ready to hopefully tackle LOCKLANDS (and therefore a complete trilogy) in the next few weeks (early June at the latest).

My big goal for May, however, is one I’ve been trying (and failing) at for two years running: starting the SWORDS AND FIRE series by Melissa Caruso by reading THE TETHERED MAGE. I’ve had it on my Wyrd and Wonder TBR for the last two years, and I never quite make it to it. Not this year. THIS YEAR, that is the priority read, everything else be damned. Third time WILL be the charm, and I can finally find out if this series is as Made-For-Caitlin as multiple people seem to think it is.

Reviews/Books Read

 Kushiel's Dart The Bladed Faith Fevered Star Legends & Lattes The Jade Setter of Janloon  Sundered Souls

KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey – 3/5 Stars
LEGENDS & LATTES by Travis Baldree – 4/5 Stars
THE BLADED FAITH by David Dalglish – 4/5 Stars
FEVERED STAR by Rebecca Roanhorse – 2.5/5 Stars
THE JADE SETTER OF JANLOON by Fonda Lee – 4/5 Stars
SUNDERED SOULS by Tim Hardie – 4/5 Stars
SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett – Reread, 5/5 Stars
THE STARDUST THIEF by Chelsea Abdullah – Currently Reading

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