Reading Roundup! April 2018

Well, this is just pathetic. Three books for the month of April – two of them being audiobooks. IN MY DEFENSE, I’ve ended the month reading all sorts of things at once that will fall over into next month’s reads. May is gonna be great!

Also, The Fifth Season was one of those books you just kinda need a moment after reading.

Where the Past Begins

Amy Tan

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Why I decided that my first Amy Tan book would be her memoir is beyond me. My boss was reading and raving about it, and I’m always down for a writer’s memoir. I’ve also been doing a lot of research into the Asian American experience this month, so it kind of had a combined appeal for me. Excellent, heartfelt memoir, although it did feel a little jumbled and lacked direction.

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The Fifth Season (Broken Earth #1)

N.K. Jemisin

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

HOLY MOLY

This book.

This book!(!!!) ranks among the best fantasy I’ve ever read. I wrote like six drafts of a rave review for the blog here, but nothing I came up with could even come close to capturing how incredible this book is. Are you bored with medieval fantasy tropes? Do you like characters that are so real they jump off the page and scold you for not taking better care of your home? Do you like APOCALYPSES? Do you like Westworldian plot twists??

READ THIS BOOK

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Farewell to Manzanar

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

This is one of those books that everyone (apparently) read in high school. I, on the other hand, had never so much as heard of this book.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been doing a lot of research on Asian immigration. This popped up as a reference regarding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, a particular point of interest for me. It’s written to appeal to younger audiences as well, and these days would fall firmly in the YA category. I found it very eye-opening and educational. It’s a topic that isn’t brought up often, and if you haven’t already read this book – you should.

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How was your month in reading? Anything good? Terrible? Didn’t get to what you wanted to? Let’s hear it!

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