When April comes around I tend to read more books than usual. That’s because I’m usually traveling, or about to travel. I get so nervous about wherever I’m heading, so I read and read and read. This year it’s a writer’s conference in Seattle. It’s only a mini vacation, but I have a list of books to keep me distracted.
Definitely Need to Read
- The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
- The Best of all possible Worlds by Karen Lord
- Who fears Death by Nnedi Okrafor
- Shadow Scales by Rachel Hartman
The maybe I should read list
- Legend by Marie Lu (I own this book, so I can read it whenever.)
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Maybe. I spent most of March trying to read it.)
- The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (Ha, its like 700 words. I doubt I’ll get to it.)
I already finished one book on the list, so here’s a Mini Review
I just finished reading this last night. It will definitely be one of my top ten books for the year. It is a gorgeous read. I’m so glad I picked it up. I was put off at first by the fact it’s about rats and one of the characters telling the story is a rat. But it’s half and half, partly told by a boy on the streets named Dogboy, and mostly the story of a rat named Efran. Both are trying to survive. Their stories weave together is a magical way. The worlds above and below are entwined. There is darkness and violence, betrayal and deception, hope and love, in both the humans and the rats. It’s absolutely worth it. The rat-language is dazzling. Rats don’t speak, they reveal their thoughts. They hear and smell and act so very much like rats, but they are made so human. I haven’t read such a romantic book in years. The rats in this book are very romantic.
Light Novels Coming Soon
I also have my eye on some light novels. There is a new publishing company called Yen On, who is putting a ton of new light novels out there. And Vertical is publishing some light novels I’m interested in too. I want all of them. At one point I thought maybe I’d learn to read Japanese just so I could read these books. They’re listed in order of excitement:
- Durarara by Ryohgo Narita
- Kizumonogatari by NisiOsin
- No Game, No Life by Yuu Kamiya
- Log Horizon by Mamare Touno
- A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi
- Black Bullet by Shiden Kanzaki
- Kagerou Daze by Jin
- Sereph of the End by Kagami Takaya
By the time April is over do you think I’ll be sick of reading? Doubtful. I’m always looking for the next one to devour. When do you think Jasper Fforde‘s next book will come out?